Indianapolis, Indiana - Auralex Acoustics Inc., which specialises in sound-control solutions, will introduce what it claims is the first 'green' acoustical foam product on the market, StudioFoam, on stand SU2905 at this year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, 14-17 April.
Companies are re-evaluating their manufacturing processes to make them more environmentally benign, said Auralex, commenting that it has "recognised and embraced" this approach. The company has developed what it claims is "the industry's first environmentally-friendly acoustic foam that can be utilised in broadcast, post and production facilities."
StudioFoam products now include soya components, reducing petroleum-based chemical usage by up to 60 percent and lessening dependence on fossil fuels, including foreign crude oil, Auralex said, in a company statement.
"This greener formula helps reduce global warming emissions, yet retains the longevity and acoustical properties that Auralex is known for," the company said.
Auralex StudioFoam is also made without chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) blowing agents - implicated in depletion of the ozone layer. In converting to the new soya-based hybrid formula, the company said the products have "improved performance and durability over conventional petroleum-based foams."
"Green initiatives are no longer reserved for environmentalists, consumers as a whole are moving towards ecologically-friendly life-styles and products," said Dave Paxton, director of operations at Auralex Acoustics, in a company statement.
Auralex said the new foam is available in the same colours and cuts as the original and at no increase in cost. It also "meets and exceeds" acoustical and fire safety standards needed by professional users, the company added.