St Petersburg, Florida – Foam certification body CertiPUR-US now has 31 foam manufacturers as members, 92 foam families are registered, and nearly 400 downstream product manufacturers listed on the website as using certified foams.
The two new foam manufacturers that have registered with the programme since November 2015 are SuperFoam, a Vietnamese conventional foam manufacturer, and Jiangsu Wellcare, a viscoelastic foam manufacturer from China. Six new foam families have been added, too.
“The programme is all about building and gaining trust,” said executive director Mike Crowell, “whether it’s with foam manufacturers, mattress and upholstered furniture manufacturers or consumers.”
The organisation has a new fatigue testing element as part of its verification programme, and hopes to have the first results by the Polyurethane Foam Association’s (PFA) November meeting.
Richard Skorpenske, advocacy and sustainability counsel at Covestro, explained that it is designed to give a measure of durability.
This is a current area of focus of CertiPUR-US’s technical advisory group, which he chairs. “We are looking at the standard methods that are used in ASTM, for instance,” he said. “It’s likely to be a long, drawn-out process.”
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