As a violin owner there is really nothing more annoying than discovering that one’s beloved instrument has been damaged during transportation. Impacts on the way to a concert or to the next rehearsal always pose a risk for highly sensitive string instruments. If you want to avoid this, a custom-fit violin case made from EPP is the perfect solution for you.
The aim of the collaboration between XKolar and THIMM was to create a foam body for violin cases that meets the high requirements of a violin. The violin must be displayed to its best advantage, but security and stability to protect the violin are always the most important aspects. The violin case must also be easy to handle for the musician and should provide an ideal benefit.
All these requirements are fulfilled with the foam body made of expanded polypropylene. In collaboration with XKolar we have developed a violin case made from EPP that impresses both with its inner values. But also with the high-quality fabrics and elegant hardware that XKolar uses for production, making the violin case made from EPP a real eye-catcher even when closed.
The violin case made from EPP is available at xkolar.com in five different designs. From classic black violin cases made from EPP to unusual space designs – there's something for every violin lover.
XKolar has found an ideal partner in THIMM for the development of a custom-fit violin case that provides everything required to protect a violin. The sustainability aspect is also taken into consideration when using EPP. Andreas Kolar from XKolar is also totally convinced by the EPP-material:
“In order to do the violin justice, I had to throw all my experience and skills I thought I had overboard. After going through different stages of enlightenment, this is how I arrived at EPP.
The material EPP (expanded polypropylene) is the state-of-the-art material in modern production engineering. Used, among other things, in the automobile and aviation industry, it’s characterised by high stability, durability, and low weight. EEP consists of 90% air. It is extremely light and has excellent insulation properties. It’s foamed solely with water vapour (145-160 degrees) at very high pressure and is absolutely ecologically safe. It can easily be disposed of in household waste. EEP has virtually no limits as far as shaping goes, which has enabled me to develop a mould around the violin, and thus making it the only centre of attention. In the end, the whole thing turned out to be something like a self-supporting body."
Alongside the desire to develop a safe and appealing violin case made of EPP, there was also a focus on sustainability.
Today’s focus is increasingly on protecting the environment. Therefore, we attach great importance to making our contribution in this regard by aligning our sustainability aspects. When foaming the EPP in the production of the violin case we only use compressed as a blowing agent. THIMM does not use traditional, environmentally harmful blowing agents. Thanks to the robust and durable EPP material, the violin case made from EPP can easily be used for several years. If the EPP is worn out, it can either be reused in a new form or simply returned to the recycling process.
Whether for wind instruments, string instruments, percussion- or keyboard instruments, find out more about our wide product portfolio or ask us here for comprehensive advice! We will be happy to advise you on the most suitable material solutions.THIMM Packaging Systems