Report by Liz White, UTI editor
Fascinating constructions for foam mattresses were in abundance at the lnterzum furniture trade show in Cologne in May. The more convoluted, many-layered, and interspersed with foam balls your offering the better, it seemed.
In addition to this diversification from a simple foam block, producers showed mattresses using high-tech gel layers, ones made of special ‘cool’ foams, and many products containing some sort of natural plant-based material, ranging from Aloe vera to mallow and eucalyptus.
Despite this emphasis on natural materials, mattress purchasers – often the
bedding companies – are not very interested in foams made using natural oil polyols.
Italian foam group Guiseppe Olmo, for example, has investigated the possibility of using NOPs in its foam, it is a feasible project, but the pull from the market is not there, Luigi Olmo told UTI, at the recent Europur meeting, 10 June, in Paris.
Currently, most foamers agree. NOPs are more expensive than their petrochemical equivalent and customers are not willing to pay a premium for products containing them.
VPF extends its reach
Spanish foam group lnterplasp doubled its capacity last year by installing a VPF (variable pressure foaming) line from UK company Beamech at its plant in Yecia, in Murcia.
The foamer attended lnterzum for the first time this year, with the motto, “We Speak Foam,” and was pleased with the level of interest shown in its products at the…