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Kenichy Pillado

| April 05, 2024

The automotive industry is one of the most demanding sectors, not only in terms of distribution and storage of automotive parts for production but also concerning the components and materials used in their manufacturing process.

Many companies operate internationally and require specific procedures, along with products or components carrying certifications that guarantee the quality standards they demand. In this context, within the automotive industry, the quality and performance of materials must be given priority, as it is fundamental for the safety of both companies and end-users.

Elastomeric foam, such as Plastazote, plays a crucial role in this sphere, offering a wide range of benefits that make it an ideal choice for various applications. In the following blog, we'll delve into the certifications required for materials like Plastazote and elastomeric foam in general, along with why they're necessary, and where to find a supplier that can meet these standards.

What is elastomeric foam?

Elastomeric foam is a flexible, lightweight material made of polymers that grant it unique properties, including high compressive and impact strength, excellent shock absorption, superior thermal and acoustic insulation, resistance to moisture, chemicals, and fire, and versatility in terms of shapes, thicknesses, and colors.

Benefits of elastomeric foam in the automotive industry

Thanks to its exceptional properties, elastomeric foam offers the following benefits:

  • Safety: Elastomeric foam helps protect vehicle occupants in the event of an impact by absorbing energy and reducing the risk of injury. It meets the highest automotive safety standards, such as Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 302.

  • Comfort: Elastomeric foam provides greater comfort by reducing vibration and noise inside the vehicle, creating a more pleasant environment for drivers and passengers.

  • Durability: Elastomeric foam is a resilient material capable of withstanding the most demanding conditions of automotive use, both in its manufacture and in the packaging of its parts.

  • Efficiency: Elastomeric foam helps improve vehicle efficiency by reducing weight and enhancing aerodynamics.


Worldwide Foam is a leading supplier of elastomeric foam for the automotive industry. We offer a wide range of Plastazote products tailored to the specific needs of each application.

IATF 16949:2016: The key certification for the automotive industry

IATF 16949:2016 is the international standard that defines the requirements for a quality management system in the automotive industry. It is a mandatory standard for all suppliers wishing to work with the world's leading automotive manufacturers.

Improve product quality

IATF 16949:2016 focuses on defect prevention and continuous improvement, thereby reducing the number of defective products and increasing customer satisfaction.

Reduces costs

IATF 16949:2016 helps optimize processes and reduce waste, resulting in cost savings for companies.

Increases efficiency

IATF 16949:2016 helps improve production and product delivery efficiency.

Meets standards

IATF 16949:2016 certification is a prerequisite for working with the world's leading automotive manufacturers, opening up new business opportunities for companies.

IATF 16949 2016 is a fundamental standard for the automotive industry that brings numerous benefits to companies that implement it. Certification in IATF 16949:2016 is necessary for working with the world's leading automotive manufacturers and creates new business opportunities.

Benefits of having a certified supplier

Quality assurance

A certified supplier ensures that the elastomeric foam or Plastazote meets the highest quality and performance standards.

Knowledge and experience

A certified supplier boasts a team of experts who can guide you in selecting the appropriate material for your application.

Technical support

A certified supplier provides technical support to assist you in maximizing the benefits of your elastomeric foam.

Regulatory compliance

A certified supplier ensures that its products comply with current regulations in the automotive industry.

Worldwide Foam is a certified supplier to the automotive industry. We hold ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 certifications, which validate our commitment to quality, efficiency, and continuous improvement.

Worldwide Foam offers a range of unique foams for automotive manufacturing, as well as for packaging, distribution, and storage. We invite you to explore our extensive product catalog on our website and to reach out to us for further information.

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