11 | The optimal shaped part made of EPP wanted

Coloured - Convenient - Funny: The EPP forum awards the best ideas made of the particle foam EPP
Ludwigshafen, June 12th of 2008. This evening, the EPP forum e.V. awards the first International Design Award for design objects made of EPP in the factory of design of BASF SE in Ludwigshafen. In the presence of the executive board and members of the EPP forum, as well as the jury and numerous guests of honour, the association based in Bayreuth hands over the certificates of victory and a trophy money in the amount of 7000 Euros to the five winners. The BASF factory of design in Ludwigshafen is the host. There, in collaboration of designers and engineers, new product ideas made of plastics and foams are developed amongst others.

In 2007 the EPP forum, which pleads for a wider spreading of the particle foam EPP, offered the first International Design Award. Sought was after the "optimal shaped part made of EPP (m/f)". EPP " the shortcut for expanded polypropylene" resembles the familiar polystyrene, but is clearly superior in the matter of mechanical attributes. This way, robust objects like for example child's chairs can be fabricated with the foam. The shaped part, which the EPP forum was looking for, should have been 100% made of EPP with a maximum weight of 100g; the length of all ridges should not add up to more than 90 cm. The number of transmittals was remarkable for the award's first offer. About 30 young artists responded to the association's appeal and gave the particle foam a new shape. Thus, the concept of the EPP forum worked out: With their imaginative creations, the contestants demonstrated that the versatile applicable foam has a future in the domain of design as well.

The winners of the first EPP Design Award
In February of 2008 in the town hall of Bayreuth, a four-man jury selected the most creative ideas made of EPP. In cooperation with the Lord Mayor of Bayreuth, Dr. Michael Hohl, the industrial designer Sandra Hermanns, the expert for particle foams Georg Schloms and Tim Schwegler elected Britta Stockinger as winner of the competition. The young product designer created colourful egg cups made of EPP, which keep the breakfast eggs warm for a long time. After all, one of the numerous positive attributes of the foam is an outstanding heat insulation. The creativity of the product designer gets rewarded with a prize money of €4000 by the EPP forum, which plans to produce this idea as give-away.

Another feature of EPP was used by Maria Predel and Dirk Pressler: In teamwork, they created a protective cover for mobile phones made of EPP. The so-called mobile-protector offers affluent protection without auxiliary augmentation of the mobile phone's weight. Robust and lightweight at the same time, this is EPP, too!

Walter Kurtz can be happy about the third award. His creation emphasizes the visual character of the foam combined with a tricky tooling concept: The EPP pyramid does not only decorate every desk, it inspires to cogitate as well: On the one hand, the pyramid shelters a puzzle in the inside, on the other hand you cannot see how the feedstock was filled into the pyramidal tool.

Moritz Zahn showed that the non-polluting and ecologically compatible foam can also find its way into children's rooms. His glaring red, funny "Bayba" , a small figure of a bear in the style of manga, was awarded by the jury with an auxiliary special prize, which is focused on the "fun factor". EPP forum e.V: Platform for marketing and information around EPP On June 6th of 2006, renowned industrial concerns of the domains feedstock fabrication, machine construction and converting founded the EPP forum in cooperation with the "Kompetenzzentrum Neue Materialien Bayreuth". The association, which is located in Bayreuth with Dipl-Ing. Christian Traßl being executive director, pursues diverse objectives around EPP: The EPP forum wants to increase the material's degree of popularity to open up new operational areas for the particle foam this way, for example in the design or furniture industry. It supports the exchange of information among research and economy. Especially small and medium-sized enterprises with limited exploratory resources benefit from this knowledge transfer. The association is also involved in the improvement of manufacturing technologies and in the further development of EPP.

So far, the foam, which captivates by its unique and versatile attributes, is mainly apllied as insulating and packaging material. For example, transport boxes made of EPPkeep the food warm and bumpers withEPP crash elements diminish the impact of collisions.