Foam’s great versatility, as displayed to good effect at lnterzum, sees it grabbing a bigger share of the mattress market. Report by Liz White, UTI editor
Intricate constructions in complex intercut, multi layers and rainbow colours – that’s what polyurethane foamers are offering mattress makers at present.
Flexible foam companies may be struggling with rising raw materials prices and slowing sales, but there is certainly no shortage of innovation and ingenuity in producing foam with added value, as demonstrated by exhibitors at lnterzum, the major furniture show held in Cologne, Germany, 25-27 May.
Foam mattresses have gained market share versus spring and latex types, according to data from Ward Dupont of Recticel, Europur president (Europur is the European association for manufacturers of flexible block foam).
“If we gain market share with PU it is based on the fact that design aspects with PU foam are much more flexible than for other types,” said Dupont, speaking at the Europur meeting, held 9-10 June in Paris.
Dupont said polyurethane foam had a 55.8 % share of the European mattress market in the first half of 2010, versus 52.6 % in H1 2009 (see UTI June/July 2011 p6).
“With latex or spring types, there’s nothing new you can do,” Dupont commented: “People like foam because you can be creative and make anything you like – and they do.”
Zones, balls and layers
At lnterzum, Massimo Baserga, owner of Italian latex and PU foam…