Earth Day Event

Earth Day Event

LAWRENCE, MA (April 21, 2012) –
Sekisui Voltek, Lawrence, MA facility, participated in Comcast Cares Day in cooperation with Groundwork Lawrence, the Mayor’s Health Task Force and many more partners in cleaning up and completing beautification projects across the City of Lawrence.There were over 25 sites across Lawrence that received attention with projects such as tree planting; building raised garden beds, building butterfly gardens and cleanups along the Shawsheen River to name a few.

Lawrence employees, with the help of members of Sekisui America Corporation and Accenture, tackled their own beautification project, which included flower planting and picking up trash around surrounding neighborhood streets.

It was a very “gratifying day” to quote one of our employees who participated in the day. Employees present volunteered 4 to 5 hours of their Saturday morning to help out with the event. In total, just over 500 people from the City participated and next year they hope to double that number. Sekisui Voltek plans to participate in next year’s Earth Day event and it is hoped that the number of participating employees will at least double. Those that participated proudly wore their “Comcast Cares” shirts and jeans to work the following Friday.

Sekisui Voltek Demonstrates Unique Advantages of Closed Cell Foam Substrates for Thermoforming

Sekisui Voltek Demonstrates Unique Advantages of Closed Cell Foam Substrates for Thermoforming

ATLANTA, GA (September 10, 2013) — The unique benefits of cross-linked cellular foam materials for thermoforming applications in a variety of industries is the theme of the Sekisui Voltek’s exhibit at the 22nd annual SPE Thermoforming Conference®, September 9-12, 2013, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, Atlanta, GA. (Booth # 208)

“Cellular foams are particularly suitable for manufacturing thermoformed products for which weight reduction and the provision of a luxurious feel are important considerations. Other performance characteristics that make thermoformed foam components attractive to OEMs are inherent cushioning, moisture resistance, along with noise and vibration dampening properties. Because of these attributes, thermoformed cellular foams have been used increasingly in such automotive applications as dash panels, arm rests, and, more recently air conditioning duct components,” said Mitch Brock, Director of Transportation and General Industrial Markets for Sekisui Voltek.

“Today, the tremendous versatility of foam for meeting the automotive manufacturers’ most important design criteria are being recognized in many other industries for such applications as packaging for high-end goods such as electronics and medical devices; boat & sporting goods components as well as building and construction materials. Thermoformers who make foams part of their portfolio of materials will have an advantage in pursuing these emerging business opportunities,” he concluded.

Brock also detailed a number of advantages that foam materials present to the processor. Foams can be thermoformed on the same equipment they are currently using and can reduce material costs by as much as 80 percent vs. conventional films of similar thickness. They also process at much lower temperatures to reduce energy consumption and improve manufacturing throughputs. They are available in a wide range of formulations and composite constructions to provide the best possible fit for the end users’ requirements.

Sekisui Voltek manufactures two lines of polyolefin foam materials of particular interest to thermoformers:

Volara® is a closed-celled, irradiation crosslinked polyolefin foam offering aesthetic appeal as well as an outstanding range of performance characteristics. Its smooth surface, consistent density and uniform gauge offers superior physical properties. Volara foams are resistant to most chemicals and their low water absorption and vapor transmission rate make them a versatile, dependable solution for a wide range of applications.

Volextra® foams are composite materials manufactured via an extremely flexible extrusion coating process. Unique thermoformable foam materials with polyolefin-based coatings can be engineered to match specific design requirements in a range from 0.0015” to 0.055” thickness.

For more information, including the opportunity to have Sekisui Voltek’s Foam Show presented at your facility, please visit our booth or contact the person in your area below:

East Region:  

         Mark Hatch
         800.225.0668 ext. 6409
         Direct: 978.725.6409
         Email: Mark.Hatch@sekisuivoltek.com

MidWest and Canada:

         Mitch Brock
         800.544.2254 ext. 3519
         Direct: 279.3519
         Email: Mitchell.Brock@sekisuivoltek.com

West and Mexico:

         Alex Ahn
         888-495-3626
         Direct: 714-523-5000
         Email: Alex.Ahn@sekisuivoltek.com

Sekisui Voltek Invests $3 Million to Grow North American Foam Market

Sekisui Voltek Invests $3 Million to Grow North American Foam Market

USA. Lawrence, MA — October 9, 2014. — Sekisui Voltek, the global leader in the development of high-performance flexible polyolefin foam, is making capital investments of $3 million in their manufacturing facilities in Coldwater, Michigan and personnel training to support their continued growth and new product development for the North American marketplace.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our operations and our product offerings at this time,” said Neil Beckhusen, President, Sekisui Voltek. “By doing so, we plan to continue leading the foam market with new machinery and new product innovations.”

With backing from their parent company, Sekisui Chemical, an $11 billion global plastics and chemical company, Sekisui Voltek is in a strong position to invest in the future of the company and the industry.

“Manufacturing is resurging in North America and Sekisui Voltek is helping to lead the way,” said Neil Beckhusen. “With our recent investment in our employees and manufacturing facilities, we are ready to spur new thinking and bring innovation to the foam market.”

 

About Sekisui Voltek

Sekisui Voltek is the leading manufacturer of cross-linked polyolefin foam in North America. As a high-performance plastics company within Sekisui Chemical, an $11 billion global plastics and chemical company, Sekisui Voltek is an integral part of a worldwide network dedicated to problem solving, continuous improvement and complete customer satisfaction. Our own expertise is augmented by that of the other Sekisui companies, giving you the benefit of more brilliant minds than you ever thought possible. Sekisui Voltek has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts and Michigan, and sales offices located throughout the United States.

Sekisui Voltek Unveils New Consumer Packaging Concepts

Sekisui Voltek Unveils New Consumer Packaging Concepts

Lawrence, MA — October 28, 2014. — Sekisui Voltek will preview a new foam packaging product at the 2014 PACK EXPO International, Booth # 11016, November 2–5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

“Starting in November, we will begin to preview samples of our new VolaraBLOCK foam product,” said Neil Beckhusen, President, Sekisui Voltek. “We are excited about the introduction of VolaraBLOCK and the opportunity this represents for our customers to get first-hand experience with the product’s high-quality cell structure.”

As the leader in the foam industry, Sekisui Voltek has expertise in bringing high quality products to market and working with the industry to identify new applications and build market segments. VolaraBLOCK comes to North America from Europe, where it was first introduced in 2008 as Alveobloc by Sekisui Voltek’s sister company, Sekisui Alveo.

VolaraBLOCK can replace standard packaging materials to deliver a more premium and aesthetically pleasing look and feel to a wide range of consumer products. Additionally it provides the ultimate protection for products from damage or marring.

“Now, our customers will have a new option to consider – one with a considerably higher quality cell structure that provides a new thickness level and a useable skin so you can start making parts with it right away.” said Neil Beckhusen, “Our new VolaraBLOCK foam is a win/win situation that all of us can be pleased about.”  

 

 

About Sekisui Voltek

Sekisui Voltek is the leading manufacturer of cross-linked polyolefin foam in North America. As a high-performance plastics company within Sekisui Chemical, an $11 billion global plastics and chemical company, Sekisui Voltek is an integral part of a worldwide network dedicated to problem solving, continuous improvement and complete customer satisfaction. Our own expertise is augmented by that of the other Sekisui companies, giving you the benefit of more brilliant minds than you ever thought possible. Sekisui Voltek has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts and Michigan, and sales offices located throughout the United States.