The motto “EPP – light and child’s play” (“EPP kinderleicht”) is leading the EPP Forum through the year 2017. The thematic focus will be on toys and toy parts for old as well as for young children. The EPP Forum aims at strengthening and expanding the use of the universally applicable foam material “Expanded Polypropylene” – short EPP – especially in the toy industry.
EPP is particularly suitable for the production of toys in child-friendly forms and colors. The foam is extremely robust and durable, while at the same time it is as light as a feather. EPP is available in a variety of colors and allows an almost unlimited design flexibility. Furthermore, the foam plastic convinces by its dimensional stability and its ease of processing. EPP is water resistant and therefore suitable for outdoor applications. Moreover, also different cleaners cannot harm the material. Finally, the material does not comprise any pollutants or plasticizers such as phthalates and therefore absolutely fulfills the requirements for use in all kinds of toys.
In summer 2017 there will be an expert workshop featuring interesting talks focusing on the use of EPP in toys. Specialists from the EPP industry and the toy industry will jointly discuss the potentials of the foam plastic and talk about possibilities of new applications. Further details on the expert workshop will be available on this website in due course.
In addition, the EPP Forum presents examples of toys and leisure products made out of EPP at various trade fairs, including among others the Hannover Messe from April 24th to 28th, 2017.
Due to its light weight and the freedom of part design EPP can be brought in the form or a frisbee or a model airplane. However, it can also be used as building blocks and high chairs of different sizes and colors, which then can be found in childrens’ rooms, kindergartens or play corners.
Another game classic made out of EPP: The ball track viavario is particularly robust, yet still elastic and versatile. The low weight of the individual components of only about 50 grams makes the ball track easy to play for children of almost each age. Thanks to the dimensional accuracy of the material and therefore the building blocks, children can individually and simply assemble and disassemble their path in many different ways.
There are countless of other ideas where EPP can be used in the toy industry in the near future. Thanks to its recyclability, EPP is a future-oriented material also in this industry. It can be crushed and brought back to the product cycle as polypropylene granulate. This means that if a toy has become boring, new and exciting products can be developed from it.
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