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Plastics packaging: EPS developed for consumer electronics, appliances packaging

Paperboard and plastics continue to joust for supremacy as packaging materials for electronic devices and small appliances. As an increasing number of such products are sold via electronic portals such as Amazon, the requirement for packaging changes from the need for shelf impact to the greater need to protect the product under what can be less-than-ideal storage and shipping conditions.

With that in mind, plastics remain the best choice to protect a product against moisture and humidity, dust or other conditions. A recent plastics development for consumer electronics packaging is the new Sconapor N grades of expandable polystyrene (EPS) being marketed by styrenics supplier Styron.

Styron has been producing EPS under the brand name Sconapor since 1996 at its facility in Schkopau, Germany. These EPS beads were initially developed for thermal and acoustic insulation purposes, but the supplier has optimized them for plastics packaging, with the result this new Sconapor N series, with four grades currently available: N-438, N-338, N-238 and 
N-138A EPS. The four grades have different bead sizes that can translate into different packaging foam densities.

These EPS grades are marketed to processors seeking non-flame-retardant EPS for consumer electronics and appliances packaging. The Schkopau facility is especially convenient for those manufacturers of these devices who have established operations in Central and Eastern Europe.

Styron management has announced plans to change the company name to Trinseo, effective in late 2011.  

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