There are conflicting views on what the end customer wants from flexible polyurethane foam density in soft furnishing and bedding. Jane Denny asked key players to comment on Poland’s density debate.
Dendro’s Michal Soltysinski said the end customer wants softer foam, which is lighter and has led to an overall decrease in volume by weight terms. He said: “Numbers of long blocks and mattresses produced are higher because of different density and types of used foams in the production.
“In the previous collection of IKEA mattresses, which ended in 2014, high resilience (HR) foam – which Soltyskinski said was foam with a density of 35 kg/m3 – accounted for about 40% of total foam production.”
“Standard foam (mostly 35 to 40 kg/m3) accounted for 50% and visco-elastic foam (50 kg/m3) made up about 10%.
But in the new collection, he said, “standard foam is mostly 28 kg/m3 and that now accounts for about 80% of our production, HR accounts for 10% and visco-elastic is still 10% of total foam production too. Thus, generally speaking the total output in terms of weight dropped.”
Meanwhile, Eurofoam’s Alexander Mikolasek said that a lowering of the density of foam “is certainly true for certain parts of the industry” it is not a factor currently impacting his firm’s manufacturing process.
“We cannot confirm this trend. What we see is a stable level. At the same time, the Polish…