3A Composites (Sins, Switzerland) unveiled what it characterized as a “completely new technology platform” for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam core materials, under the tradename AIREX GEN2. The company’s second-generation PET foam reportedly features a very homogeneous cell structure, yet has enhanced mechanical properties compared to its predecessor, AIREX T92. While it remains a recycled and recyclable material, its formability and processability have been improved. Thanks to a lean and highly automated production process, GEN2 will offer customers a considerable total-cost savings in the end application. Philipp Angst, director of product management, says, “GEN2 marks an important milestone in the further industrialization of structural foam core materials and will leverage the use of PET foam cores in yet more applications.”
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