Technical Characteristics


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Of our polystyrene foams.

  • What is an Airplac® foam board panel made of?

    An Airplac® panel has a core made of extruded, expanded polystyrene. The core has a range of different levels of rigidity – from standard to extra-rigid. Each panel has a liner on either side made of various types of paper, polyester or other plastics. A self-adhesive option is also available.

  • Why polystyrene?

    Polystyrene is naturally white and stays white over time. It has a “memory” due to the closed cell structure and can withstand a certain degree of pressure and still retrieve its flatness. It is a much safer core material than other materials such as Polyurethane which is toxic when burned.

  • Airplac® foam board advantages

    • An Airplac® panel is lighter than any competing panel in the same Quality category. It is 25% lighter than a polyurethane panel and 5 times lighter than a PVC panel.


    • The foam in Airplac® panels does not go yellow over time. Independent  laboratory test results are available on demand. This extreme whiteness is a major success factor for all Visual Communication applications.


    • An Airplac® panel is easier to cut because it is always a single expanded core even for 10mm. Many competing products are composed of two or more boards stuck together. These panels are more difficult to cut and their visible side looks shabby.


    • An Airplac® panel can withstand high temperatures. Up to 90° spot temperature for an Airpalc® PREMIER panel.


    • The Airplac® range of foam board panels has the right panel for every application : drawing, graphic arts, fine art, framing, silk-screen printing, digital printing and cutting, hanging signs, window décors, wall décor, POS – POP applications, architectural models, hobby-craft,  scale-model airplanes, 3D letters and numbers…...


    • An Airplac® panel can be cut, painted, stuck, folded, printed, pierced, hung, framed, chiseled… it is extremely versatile !
  • How to cut an  Airplac® panel?

    With manual or digital tools :


    • cutter, saw, precision knife


    • hot wire or laser for the polystyrene Airplac® BLOCK or Airplac® CORE panels that do not have a surface liner.


    • Digital cutting machine, waterjet cutter or die-cutting machine for industrial applications.
  • The formats and surface liners?

    • Airplac® panels are available in all standard sizes : from A4 to A0. And from 500x700 up to 1 524 x 3 050mm. Specials can be cut to size.


    • Thickness of  Airplac® panels: 1,5mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, 10mm.


    • Thickness of Airplac® BLOCKS: 30mm, 50mm and 80mm.


    • Surface liners : more than 20 different types of liner: coated and uncoated papers, cardboard,  PE coated paper, synthetic paper, self-adhesive…


    • All Airplac® panels can be used on both sides.
  • How is an Airplac® panel manufactured?

    • Extrusion of the foam - The foam is extruded by Isopor GmbH, our German subsidiary and the reels of foam are shipped to our factories in the UK and the Head Office in France


    • Expansion of the foam - the extruded foam is expanded to the desired thickness by Emball’Iso SA in France or Emball’Iso-M2 in the UK.


    • Lamination - The surface liner is applied to the expanded foam using a specially-selected adhesive.


    • Cutting to size - the foam board panel is then cut to size by a digital cutting device.


    • Quality Control – all production runs undergo a quality control by  the Quality Team before being boxed.


    • Warehouse – the panels are packed in cardboard boxes and stocked in an air-conditioned warehouse until they are shipped to our customers.


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