History of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) has a long history of evolution behind it. Mr. Eduard Simon isolated a substance from natural resin, however, he did not know what he had discovered. It took another German, organic chemist, Mr. Hermann Staudinger, to realize that Simon’s discovery, comprised of long chains of styrene molecules, was a plastic polymer. In 1930, the scientists at BASF developed a way to commercially manufacture polystyrene. Badische Anilin & Soda-Fabrik (BASF) was founded in 1861. In 1937, Dow Chemical introduced polystyrene to the U.S. market. Expandable & Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a generic term for polystyrene and styrene copolymers. It is a rigid cellular plastic foam material derived from petroleum and natural gas by products. The spherical beads of resin are subjected to steam, which causes the thermoplastic polystyrene to soften and expand up to 40 times its original volume. Each small bead of polystyrene is fully sealed. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is produced in a wide range of densities from 8 to 48 Kgs/M3 providing a varying range of physical / mechanical properties. These are matched to the various applications where the material is used to optimize its performance and strength.
Features of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
Adaptability: it is easy to adapt to any product or any design