Keep in touch with the latest news from Foamex regarding our products and the latest happenings in the polystyrene manufacturing industry in Australia.

Using polystyrene solutions to beat the summer heat

Find yourself sticking gel packs in between your bed mattress and fitted sheet this summer when trying to get to sleep? Good housing insulation can help regulate the indoor temperature of your home so it doesn’t feel like a sweat box each summer evening.Polystyrene is a natural insulator against..... Read More

Expanded polystyrene recovery, recycling and reuse

In Australia, approximately 45,0001 tonnes of expanded polystyrene (EPS) is produced and used each year.  Much of this EPS is embedded in long-term use, such as waffle pods used in housing construction, EPS blocks for road embankments, and in engineering/manufacturing components.&n..... Read More
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Does underfloor insulation increase likelihood of termite attack?

It is estimated that Australian homes attacked each year by termites cause up to one and a half billion dollars in damage, with the average cost of repairs per home being $7,000 after a termite attack. Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until..... Read More

Expol Rigid Underfloor Insulation Panels for Timber Floors

Rigid underfloor insulation panels are seeing a rise in demand in the Australian building and construction industry. As one of the industry leaders specializing in the development of polystyrene products, Foamex designed Expol™ rigid underfloor insulation panels to provide continuous p..... Read More
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Polystyrene recycling – What you can do

Polystyrene can’t be recycled from your kerbside recycling bin, however many councils still make it possible for you to help the environment and recycle polystyrene. Polystyrene recycling drop off stations are available through many Councils across Sydney and Melbourne at a range of locations. On..... Read More

Foamex Expanded Polystyrene helps wall system achieve highest BAL rating

Unfortunately, many Australian homes are in areas prone to bushfire attack, and these homes and property are rated in terms of Bushfire Attack Levels, which in turn set minimum building guidelines. These guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of loss of life or damage to property in bushfire p..... Read More

Polystyrene Compressive Strength - EPS vs XPS

It’s not just a letter that separates EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) and XPS (Extruded Polystyrene). When you’re selecting your polystyrene you need to evaluate the importance of key factors such as compressive strength, moisture retention, and insulating capability to ensure t..... Read More

Fire rating of polystyrene used in EXPOL Underfloor Insulation

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..... Read More

The Esky: History & Evolution

The Esky is pretty much a standard piece of equipment for every house in Australia. In some families, there may even be an Esky that has been passed down through the generations. You know the one… While we have all been in contact with one at some point in our lives, very few know about the his..... Read More
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