COVID 19 – Situation of flexible polyurethane (slabstock) plants in Europe

We have updated our note outlining the current status of flexible PU foam plants in Europe with regards to the Covid-19 epidemic following an extensive round of interviews with experts in our industry. Today’s situation can be summarized as follows: Governments that had imposed restrictions on retail have started or are planning to progressively lift restrictions in […]

Update – Summary COVID-19 flexible PU foam industry

Following an earlier note shared on 31 March, and based on continued interviews of our members and experts of the foam industry, the situation in Europe’s foam industry to date can is summarized in the document accessible via the link below.

Material Information data sheet for PU flexible foam

PU foams are not considered to be hazardous products nor mixtures of dangerous substances. They are industrial polymers and “articles” under the REACH Regulation. As such it is not needed to provide safety data sheets to customers.

Safe use of acustic insulation

Flexible Polyurethane foam can be applied on the interior side of walls, partitions or ceilings for the purpose of sound treatment, sound insulation, sound absorption or for otherwise altering the acoustic properties of a room.

EU flexible PU foam production increased 5.2% in 2015

At EUROPUR’s Annual Conference, Angela Austin, from Labyrinth Research and Market Ltd, presented the results of the annual data collection she is carrying out for our trade association. This year her project was extended to cover additional important flexible PU foam producing countries, such as Russia, Turkey or the Ukraine.

Safety guidelines for PU foam production

EUROPUR, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Blocks Manufacturers, and EURO-MOULDERS, the European Association of Manufacturers of Moulded Polyurethane Parts for the Automotive Industry, have published Guidelines for the Establishment of a Safety Management System in a Flexible Polyurethane Foam Plant.

EU PU flexible foam market report 2015

Angela Austin, from Labyrinth Research and Markets, presented the market outlook for flexible foam and the main markets foam is used in (bedding, furniture and automotive) at EUROPUR and EURO-MOULDERS’ annual event in June 2015.