Our multitalented EPP beads give everyone something to talk about! Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl, Managing Director of the EPP Forum, informs you of exciting new things in the polymer particle foam sector in his special lecture “Particle Foam Trends: New requirements and solutions”.

The presentation is given as part of the successful event series “Lecture of the Month”, jointly organised by Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH (NMB) and the Association of German Engineers (VDI).

It starts on 03 February 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at NMB, Gottlieb-Keim-Str. 60, 95448 Bayreuth-Wolfsbach, Germany. Representatives of research and industry and all interested parties are cordially invited to participate and be part of the discussion with the speaker after the lecture. Participation is free!

Christian Traßl reveals in an interview what he finds fascinating about the particle foam and why we will be hearing even more about this material class in future.

Mr. Traßl, you have managed the EPP Forum since 2006 and are an active proponent for the material EPP. What is so exciting about EPP?

Christian Traßl: EPP is versatile in its application, can be processed in many different ways and can be used in just about every industry: automotive and lightweight construction, interiors, sports and leisure time, and logistics, wrapping and insulation. EPP is also always good for a surprise!

Can you give us a specific example of how?

Traßl: A good example, certainly, is the PP multi-material system developed at NMB on the basis of EPP particle foam. For this, we won first prize at the SPE Awards in the automotive-interior category! As a “lightweight”, EPP is at the same time stable and robust. Thus, it can be made into ultralight car interior components with decisive advantages: The multi-material system can significantly reduce weight and costs! – But I don’t want to give away too much. I will present all this in detail during the lecture.

What other topics will you address in your lecture?

Traßl: I will give an overview of the latest trends relating to particle foams, and present many real-world examples. I will take a detailed look at all points along the process chain: from the developments in the raw materials sector to the already mentioned multi-material systems with particle foam core. As a very important point in this respect, I give an outlook on how generative production processes will become relevant in future for the production of particle foam working tools, in particular. I will also be presenting modern analytical methods that allow characterization of particle foam surfaces or allow you to look right inside a foam body while it is being deformed by tensile and compressive forces.

About Dipl.-Ing. Christian Traßl: Christian Traßl studied physical engineering at Coburg University and material sciences, focusing on plastics, at the University of Bayreuth. Since December 2001, he has worked in the NMB plastics department and has specialized in the field of particle foams. Currently, he is the deputy director of the Plastics Division and head of the Particle Foams Group. Since June 2006, he has also been the Managing Director of the EPP Forum e.V.

To attend the Lecture of the Month, please apply informally by e-mail to: katrin.stark@nmbgmbh.de