EUROPUR is the European Association of Flexible PU Foam Blocks Manufacturers. Founded in 1966 and located in Brussels, we have been representing our industry and been providing a platform to discuss and act on the major issues related to foam production and use for more than five decades.
Today our foam producing members operate production plants in 28 countries in geographical Europe. Since 2019 we welcome foam producers from Africa, the Middle East and CIS countries in our membership. Together, our members operate the vast majority of flexible PU foam plants in the European Economic Area and produce over 75% of the foam made in the region. The way our members operate is as diverse as is the PU industry: some members sell foam blocks only, some create semi-finished products and some make mattresses, furniture and other consumer goods directly.
Over 40 organisations from the flexible PU foam supply chain are associated members in our association: raw materials and additives suppliers, machinery manufacturers and various service providers ranging from laboratories to recycling companies.
the unique benefits of flexible polyurethane (PU) foam in its multiple applications.
on behalf of the European flexible PU block foam industry to regulators and other stakeholders (e.g. media, consumers, industry associations).
to standards and legislation related to PU flexible foam and our industry, by providing adequate expertise to decision-makers.
research projects on the performance of flexible PU foam throughout its lifecycle, notably including health, safety and the environment.
on research project results, and publish information of common interest to our members, the public and other interested stakeholders.
motivate our members to continuously improve the environmental, health and safety knowledge and performance of their technologies, processes and products over the lifecycle.
up-to-date information to our members on foam industry-related legislation and its evolutions, as well as general market data in full compliance with EU competition law.
cooperation between companies along the supply chain for the common benefit of industry (e.g. to transition to a circular economy)
To achieve its mission, EUROPUR relies on cooperation between experts from its member organisations in working groups, which operate according to the priorities set by our members. Their number and scope may thus vary over time. We currently have four working groups: Product Stewardship & Impurities, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S), Circular Economy and Communication. Our member experts work together in these working groups for the common benefit of the industry, in full compliance with competition law.
Our strength is in numbers: in recent years between 30 and 40 experts with numerous backgrounds regularly participate in the work of individual working groups.