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Foamex has been a long time member of EPSA, the peak body for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Australia and as such supports their recent media statement surrounding the materials used in the devastating Grenfell Tower building fire in the UK.

In the statement, EPSA alleviated the concerns that many people have had recently around EPS manufactured in Australia. 

EPSA requires members to use flame retardant material in all expanded EPS products manufactured for the building industry.” 

Foamex have supplied polystyrene for insulation material to the building and construction industry for over 30 years, and fully warrants its product to have a fire-retardant additive polymerised into the Raw Material formulation.

More from EPSA Statement“There have been some media reports suggesting polyurethane, polystyrene and even polyester was used in connection with this tragic event. This is not the case. The manufacturer of the cladding used on the Grenfell Tower, Arconic has confirmed the product used was Reynobond PE and they have withdrawn this product from sale.“Reynobond PE contains a polyethylene core between two aluminium sheets, which has limited fire retardant qualities. 

“The polyethylene referred to in the reports bears no relationship to the EPS product manufactured by EPSA members. 

“Further, EPSA requires members to use flame retardant material in all expanded EPS products manufactured for the building industry.” 

You can read the full statement at http://epsa.org.au/

Expol Underfloor Insulation is distributed in Australia by Foamex.

Foamex is an Australian owned and operated company with branches across NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Supplying polystyrene products since 1982, Foamex has built strong relations with builders, engineers, architects, designers and specifiers all across the country.