Zotefoams and Shincell Global Alliance

We are pleased to announce that Zotefoams has signed a Global Alliance Agreement with Suzhou Shincell New Materials Co., Ltd (“Shincell”) of Suzhou, China

Shincell and Zotefoams are industry-leading foaming companies with complementary technology and market interests. This global alliance matches Zotefoams’ 100-year history in nitrogen-expanded foams with Shincell’s latest innovations in foaming technology.

Shincell, based in Suzhou, China, was founded in 2019 by Dr Xiulei Jiang, who has over 20 years’ experience in physical-gas foaming research and technology. Shincell is a company dedicated to developing sustainable foaming technologies and manufacturing clean, environmentally friendly lightweight foam materials. The company uses nitrogen and carbon dioxide gases commonly found in the air to expand plastics and form a large number of micro and nano bubbles inside, a purely physical foaming process.

The alliance consists of agreements on technology licensing from Shincell to Zotefoams, development and market co-operation, and regional product distribution agreements, where certain products from Shincell’s unique technology will be marketed alongside Zotefoams’ existing and future product range. With a shared commitment to sustainability and innovation, the two companies will co-operate on product development and are confident that this alliance is a significant step forward for the foaming industry.

Shincell’s complementary technologies extend Zotefoams technical capability, enabling a wider scope of products in both new and existing markets and enhancing the Group’s technology platform for new products to deliver growth.

Zotefoams will pay technology licensing fees of RMB 80million (approx. £9m, including capitalised deal costs*) over the 5-year term of the agreement, which will support the further development of the technology and Shincell business.

Dr Jiang, Shincell CEO, comments,

“This alliance is a great example of combining cutting edge foaming technology and global marketing expertise to not only enhance innovation efficiency but push environmental awareness to a higher level.

We are very optimistic that the collaboration with Zotefoams will bear more sustainable fruits.”

David Stirling, Zotefoams Group CEO, comments,

“I am very impressed by Dr Jiang and the technology developed by his Shincell company.

Their goal of environmentally friendly foaming using physical blowing agents aligns perfectly with Zotefoams’ vision and markets. This alliance is an exciting opportunity to enhance the growth potential of our specialist foams business with sustainable solutions.”