Expanded Polystyrene

EPS Fishboxes

Light, strong, cool solutions for the fish supply chain

EPS is 98% air
EPS is 100% recyclable

Impact protection

EPS fish boxes are the global market leader in insulated packaging for seafood and associated products in spite of a number of attempts at replicating the performance of EPS using alternative materials. In fact, market share continues to increase as a direct result of the excellent isothermal properties of EPS. It also offers exceptional stacking strength and stackability helping overcome problems with collapsed pallets and spoilt goods.

In addition to the thermal protection afforded by EPS, a major advantage is the exceptional impact resistance which derives from the unique cellular matrix of the EPS ‘foam’ – effectively 98% air bonded by 2% polymer structure. The result is an exceptional impact resistance which is not only capable of protecting foodstuffs from damage but also offers outstanding strength and stability not just in packaging applications but also in building and construction where it is used, for example even at the core of major civil engineering projects such as railway embankments. No other fish box material comes near to EPS when it comes to impact resistance.

EPS is a global solution for protection against impact damage

EPS uniquely combines exceptionally light weight with extreme impact resistance and exceptional stacking strength. The air captured within the polystyrene matrix effectively absorbs impact velocity and force. Nowhere is this more important than when used as packaging to protect high-risk contents. Such applications include human organs as well as highly sensitive computer, IT and similar components. There are many fish and seafood products which also need to be protected from accidental impact and this has led to the use of EPS fish packaging across the globe where, in one solution, the fish supply chain can benefit from protection from impact as well as from deterioration and wastage due to temperature increases.

A global solution: expanded polystyrene (EPS) airpop A global solution: expanded polystyrene

    Why use EPS?

  • Styrene for EPS expanded polystyrene airpop is abundant in natural products

    Styrene for EPS is a byproduct of refining but is also abundant in natural products

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop keeps fish safe and eradicates waste

    Unique insulation performance keeps fish safe and eradicates waste

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop uses clean manufacturing technologie
    Low Carbon

    Clean manufacturing technologies mean minimal energy and water inputs with no production waste

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop is hygienic
    Hygienic & Safe

    EPS is non-toxic, chemically inert, and fungi and bacteria cannot grow on it

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop is a low-cost solution

    Highly efficient manufacture and localised production units mean EPS is a low-cost, proven solution

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop gives outstanding impact resistance

    The 2% polystyrene cellular matrix gives outstanding impact resistance

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop packaging is easily recyclable

    EPS packaging is easily recyclable where facilities exist

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop is 98% air

    EPS is effectively 98% air, minimising weight impacts in transportation

  • EPS expanded polystyrene airpop is insoluble and non-hygroscopic

    EPS is insoluble and non-hygroscopic

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EUMEPS is the association for European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)EUMEPS is the association for European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene. It represents converters of expandable polystyrene (EPS) to lobby and promote their interests in Europe. EUMEPS navigates the political and regulatory landscape in Europe and ensure that our voice is heard and the benefits of EPS as a construction and packaging material is understood.

EUMEPS’s vision as an association is simple: “To present a unified industry with a strong image and powerful voice”. This is done by providing a comprehensive service to all our members, allowing them to benefit from collective resources, knowledge and expertise in strategic areas of relevance to the industry.

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