Ecoflex™ Helps Save Lives Across America

At Foam Supplies, we like to say that polyurethane foam products touch almost every aspect of our daily lives, and in countless positive ways. But here’s an example of how our ecoflex integral skin foam actually helps save lives – by providing superior insulation and more for organ transport coolers.

Because of its ability to both protect and insulate, ecoflex integral skin foam was chosen by a top US laboratory and medical products manufacturer for their organ transport coolers. Ecoflex provides excellent insulation, but is also chemically resistant, non-sweating, and won’t absorb moisture or odors. Plus it’s lightweight, virtually unbreakable under normal use conditions, and features a lightly textured non-slip exterior finish.

Those are a lot of important benefits packed into a small size package. But the greatest benefit for us is knowing we’ve played a part in safely getting vital organs to patients who desperately need them. What can ecoflex integral skin foams do for your product line? Contact us today to find out more.

There’s Still Time to Get Valuable Tax Incentives on PU Equipment

Here’s some great – and potentially very profitable – news for our customers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law in December of 2017 contains a hidden benefit for many industries: the expansion of Section 179. This expansion allows businesses to immediately deduct up to $1 million in qualifying equipment purchases for the 2018 tax year.

Created in 1958, Section 179 allows companies to take depreciation deductions for certain assets in one year rather than depreciating those items over the useful life of the product. The tax reform bill greatly expanded the products covered by Section 179, including manufacturing equipment like the kind used in foam dispensing.

This change to immediate expensing provides a great opportunity for companies to save money when making new purchases…often enough to influence purchase vs. repair decisions, providing the necessary motivation to replace aging systems with new and more efficient equipment.

To illustrate the potential savings, consider the example of a $14,000 equipment purchase in years past (39-year depreciation schedule) compared to 2018:

Old Tax Law

  • Equipment Cost: $14,000

  • 2018 Deduction: $350

  • 2018 Tax Savings: $125

Current Tax Law

  • Equipment Cost: $14,000

  • 2018 Deduction: $14,000

  • 2018 Tax Savings: $5,000

These costs and savings are estimated. Be sure to check with your tax advisor to see how Section 179 applies to your specific situation. And be sure to contact your FSI Account Manager to make your equipment purchases by year end.

Ecomate® Celebrates 15 Years of US EPA SNAP Approval

Back in the late 1990s, Foam Supplies set out to develop the most environmentally sustainable and responsible polyurethane blowing agent available. Out of that extensive research and development came our patented ecomate technology in 2002 – the world’s first polyurethane blowing agent with no ozone depletion or global warming potential, as well as VOC exempt status (meaning ecomate-based foams do not contribute to smog production).

Just one year later, in August of 2003, the US EPA first listed ecomate as an approved substitute for CFCs and HCFCs under its SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) Program. Other blowing agents approved at that time (HFCs) were later found to have high global warming potential, which is why they are currently being phased out.

Today, 15 years later, ecomate remains the most tested, proven and sold “next generation” blowing agent technology worldwide. In fact, no other blowing agent can match ecomate’s environmental performance while also providing its reliable, best-in-class insulating properties, reasonable costs and many other benefits. Additional SNAP listings were granted for ecomate in 2004 and 2006, as well as in the EPA’s 2015 and 2016 rulings regarding HFC phase outs.

Regardless of the EPA’s future actions, the entire world is moving away from HFCs. And as it does, ecomate will be here to help companies meet state, federal and international regulations – with a proven, 100% natural solution. New blowing agents have come along, and others will surely follow. But none of them can match ecomate’s proven 15-year track record of success in a wide range of industries.

To learn more, visit our ecomate website.