ACR-News
8 July 2019

Armacell expands green portfolio

PET Foams, a business unit of Armacell, has developed three new green product lines. 

Armacell is a pioneer in the field of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) technology and was one of the first manufacturers to succeed in qualifying PET foam as a core material for the composite industry.

Thanks to ArmaForm’s unique combination of material and processing properties, such as outstanding fatigue endurance, elevated service temperature stability and excellent compatibility with all resin and manufacturing methods, Armacell’s structural PET foam cores are widely used in composite sandwich constructions. 

Whether you are looking for composite solutions in the wind energy sector, searching for lightweight core materials for building and construction, or prefer to have a choice of materials in the rail and road transport or marine sectors, Armacell offers ideal solutions. No matter the market and application, PET Foams provides a high-performing and environmentally friendly alternative to PVC, Balsa, SAN, PUR or honeycomb core materials.?

Armacell initiated the breakthrough of PET foams as a structural core material in the composite industry. Originally, Armacell’s PET foams were made from virgin PET. Over the past decade, our global research and development team developed a process technology enabling the production of PET foam products made entirely from recycled beverage bottles. 

In 2010, Armacell introduced the world’s first foam cores made from 100 percent recycled PET (r-PET). Today, Armacell’s entire PET foam product portfolio is based on this pioneering process technology, enabling the conversion of waste material into a high-quality resource and feeding it back into the production cycle. ?

Armacell converts single-use recycled PET bottles into long-life, high-value foam core materials for composite sandwich structures utilised in up to 90-metre-long wind turbine blades, high-speed train body structures, surfboards, as well as on the 24-karat gilded roof of an orthodox cathedral. Since production started in 2010, one billion recycled PET bottles have been used in Armacell’s foam production. 

As the inventors of flexible foam for equipment insulation and a leading provider of engineered foams, Armacell develops innovative and safe thermal, acoustic and mechanical solutions that create sustainable value for its customers. Armacell’s products significantly contribute to global energy efficiency, making a difference around the world every day. 

With 3,100 employees and 24 production plants in 16 countries, the company operates two main businesses, Advanced Insulation and Engineered Foams. Armacell focuses on insulation materials for technical equipment, high-performance foams for high-tech and lightweight applications and next generation aerogel blanket technology.

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