airpop® - a new name for a well-established material

Düsseldorf, May 9th 2014 – Expanded Polystyrene has had many names in Europe: Styropor, PSE, Piepschuim or Polyfoam - to name just a few. We now put an end to this variety: the EPS industry proudly introduces a common European name for EPS: airpop® engineered air.  

But why give a new name to an internationally established material like EPS? Simply because the name airpop immediately brings to mind what the material is made of – It’s air. A lot of air. 98 % air, to be precise. And just a tiny fraction is made of synthetic material, which expands to 50 times its own volume. To protect everything that needs to be protected: our children’s heads, TVs, fresh fish and thousands of other things. 

The airpop®-campaign has been initiated by EUMEPS Power Parts, European airpop®-converters, their respective National EPS Associations and European EPS raw material producers. The creative concept has been developed by the communication agency Ogilvy & Mather, Frankfurt / Germany.  

The introduction at the interpack is a joint activity of the German IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. and EUMEPS Power Parts.  

airpop® represents an industry of approx. 200 mainly small and medium sized converters for moulded parts in Europe. They process about 300.000 tons of raw material into airpop® moulded parts. Main customers are producers of household applications, electronic technologies companies, the HVAC and the food industry.

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About EUMEPS Power Parts

In 1989, the European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene have merged together into a European association called EUMEPS. Since then EUMEPS reflects the interests of all of Europe’s leading EPS manufacturers through national associations.

There are two interest groups within the organization: EUMEPS Power Parts and EUMEPS Construction.

EUMEPS Power Parts promotes the advantages of EPS and provides information about its environmental aspects.


Annette Schaefer, Phone: +49 (0)152 2320 1460


About IK

With over 300 members, the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. is the biggest trade association within the plastics packaging industry in Europe.

IK represents the lion’s share of the German plastics packaging market, accounting for more than 4 million tons of plastic packaging and films.


Inga Kelkenberg, Phone: +49(0)6172 926666; Mobile: +49(0)170 587 5483