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Foamex Sheet – Foam PVC

Foamex, a type of foam PVC sheet is one of the most popular sign boards used in the print industry.

Foam PVC, not to be confused with foam board, is one of the most versatile rigid sign boards. Completely waterproof and with good rigidity and strength foam PVC is popular for both internal and external signage applications even for long term applications. It is also a competitively priced sheet material making it suitable for all budgets.

Foamex is actually a brand name of foam PVC, other brands we can supply include Foamalux, Foamalite, Smart X, Forex and Foamatec. All of these brands are similar sheets of solid foam PVC, with a  fully rigid plastic construction.

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Our chosen house material for foam PVC is currently Foamalux. Foamalux is one of the leading brands of foam PVC sheet. Light in weight, versatile and durable Foamalux has earned a reputation for quality performance and endless applications in sign, display and print.  The Foamalux range is one of the most extensive in the world: Foamalux White a bright white signage and printing substrate; Foamalux Colour in a vibrant palette of 15 colours; Foamalux Ultra providing a weatherable high gloss finish in white and 6 dynamic colours; Foamalux Xtra with a black recycled core and co-extruded white surface. 


Thickness – 1mm / 2mm / 3mm / 5mm / 10mm / 20mm 
Popular sheet size – 1220x2440mm
Max sheet size – 4000x2000mm


Single SidedFoam PVC can be digitally printed direct to the face of the material on our large format printers using UV cured inks which offer market leading print quality, robustness and longevity.

Double Sided Foam PVC can be printed on both sides with the same or varying artwork images. Our large format printers allow for perfect registration given accurate double sided prints.

Spot WhiteWhen working with colour variations of Foam PVC we can still print direct to surface in full colour underpinning your print with a spot white to ensure it is as vibrant as it would have been if printed on a white sheet.

Matt Lamination Protect your printed graphics with a matt over laminate and give your print a completely flat appearance which will not reflect light. Available on prints up to 1600mm wide

Gloss Lamination Protect your printed graphics with a gloss over laminate and give your print shiny high gloss appearance which brings out colours and reflection. Available on prints up to 1600mm wide

Dry-wipe Lamination Transform the surface of your Foam PVC into a dry-wipe board capable of being written on with dry wipe pens. Available in both gloss and matt dry wipe on prints up to 1600mm wide.

Anti-Graffiti Lamination Once applied to the surface of Foam PVC our anti-graffiti laminate will give a high gloss finish whilst offering protection to the print and the ability to clean away pen, paint and spray damage.

Anti-Slip Lamination perfect for any material which will be used for floor application our anti-slip laminates cover both internal and external applications and can range from 3 -12 months life span.

UV Protection Lamination when looking to use your Foam PVC externally especially in sunny locations our UV shield laminates can reduce sun degradation extending the life of the printing.

Crystal Protection Lamination will offer a physical coating protecting the print surface from damage and giving it a slightly textured matt finish. This makes it more robust to any surface marking.

Square Cutting Foam PVC can be supplied cut to any required square or rectangular panel size within the maximum sheet size. For guaranteed accuracy all of our material is cut on a laser guided cutting table

Simple Shapes including radius corners, circles, triangles and basic shapes are possible with a high level of accuracy and quality of finish when cut on our laser guided cutting tables.

Complex Shapes Complex shapes are possible when cut on our market leading Kongsberg X44 cutting table which is capable of drag knife and router cutting.

CAD cutting – Our camera driven Aristo and Esko Kongsberg cutting tables are capable of cutting your design to any shape including adding creases, scores or even v-cuts.

Double sided adhesive – By applying an adhesive to one side of the material you can transform Foam PVC into a sticker. Our adhesive range includes removable, permanent and repositionable.

Vinyl application you can add special colours to a design such as metallics or pantones not achievable through CMYK printing by applying plotter cut vinyls of a chosen colour or finish to the material face.

Spot UVVarnish you can introduce areas of matt or gloss finish to your design with our digitally printed UV varnish inkjet heads. Pick out logos, text or images and bring additional focus to your print.

Strut Make your print freestanding with the application of a strut to the reverse. This can be a single small rudder strut or a large box strut for bigger displays. We now also offer a more permanent metal strut option.

Velcro looking to attach your print to a wall? We can apply velcro hook and loop to the reverse allowing it to be attached to a wall or surface and easily removed and replaced. Popular for exhibition stand graphics.

Magnetic Tape with magnetic tape applied to the perimeter of your print you can affix it to metal walls or any other metal surface. Often used in the exhibition industry or in point of sale retail environments

Packing in sets – we offer a full collation and packing service, especially useful when you have multiple items or designs that need to be sent to different locations. A very popular extra finishing service we offer with point of sale campaigns.

Printed Foamex or Foam PVC is great for signage, POS & standees.

Foam PVC often called Foamex is a rigid robust PVC sheet. Foam PVC is water resistant and lasts well externally. As foam PVC is lightweight, it can be easily installed with adhesive or strong double sided tape as well as having the durability to be screwed straight through.

We can print Foamex / foam PVC on our UV digital flat bed printers up to a sheet size of 1220x2440mm. If you require bigger printed Foamex panels we can print and mount to the foam PVC using self adhesive vinyl and a laminate up to 3050x1050mm.

Once printed, Foamex can then be cut to any shape on our CAD cutting table. This makes printed Foamex ideal for standees, displays, cut outs, 3D wall graphics, signs and point of sale. The most popular thicknesses are 3mm Foamex, 5mm Foamex, 10mm Foamex.

Foam PVC offers a great print surface allowing stunning photographic results. Coloured Foamex is also available in red, black, yellow, green and blue. If you have a project that involves printing Foamex please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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