IKEA partner Dendro’s sales revenues topped PLN 400m in 2014. Michal Soltysinski, the firm’s head of PU foam production, told Urethanes Technology International his hopes for strengthening the partnership with one of the world’s biggest furniture retailers.
Dendro operates one of the largest mattress production facilities in Poland. It is located 50km north of Poznan. Dendro only supplies IKEA and is not currently seeking any more clients, according to Soltysinski.
The firm produces more than 2m mattresses annually. In 2015, IKEA sold 8.3bn mattresses worldwide according to its annual report. Dendro’s total foam production 16kT/year to 17kT/year and comprises high resilience, standard and visco-elastic foam. The foam is produced on one line to 30m blocks on a one shift a day basis.
The firm’s foam production facility, which measures 55,000m2, is equipped with Hennecke’s high-pressure Quadrofoamat foaming machine which was installed in 2009. Dendro uses storage tanks by H&S Anlagentechnik and Polish firm Metalko. German firm Baumer supplied the cutting equipment as well as an additional storage system for long blocks.
Dendro’s 220,000m2 storage facility means 10% of the firm’s yearly production can be kept onsite, according to Soltysinki.
Currently Dendro has capacity to recycle its own scrap foam. H&S installed a polyol recovery process based on acidolysis, under which flexible PU foam is converted into polyol in the presence of different…