‘Foam Mattresses Top Performers in the Ecological Balance’

When compared to latex and innerspring mattresses, ‘foam mattresses had the best performance in the overall ecological balance’. This is the result of the comprehensive study of mattress performance, conducted by Stiftung Warentest, the well-known and reputable German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way, helping […]

Registrations for UTECH Europe 2024 Now Open

Registrations for UTECH Europe – one of the leading events for the global polyurethanes industry – are now open. As usual, the event will take place in MECC Maastricht on 23 – 25 April 2024. EUROPUR will send a delegation and participate in various activities on the conference side of the event.  For more information:  […]

Save the Dates for the Annual Conference 2024 & 2025

EUROPUR, the European Association of Flexible Slabstock Polyurethane Foam Producers, and EURO-MOULDERS, the European Association of Producers of Polyurethane Parts for the Automotive Industry – are pleased to announce the dates for the Annual Flexible Polyurethane Foam Industry Conference for the coming years. Industry professionals can mark their calendars for this key event. Annual Conference […]

EUROPUR Welcomes 15 New Members in 2023

EUROPUR, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Block Manufacturers, is delighted to announce the addition of 15 companies to its membership in the first half of 2023. This influx of new members reflects the continued expansion of our association to all parts of the flexible polyurethane foam value chain, allowing it to strengthen its […]

EU Flexible PU Foam Industry Paves the Way for Low Carbon Foams

The European Union has set itself the objective to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, decoupling economic growth from resource use. It has embarked on an ambitious journey to revise all public policies in areas as varied as agriculture, construction, […]

REACH Restriction on Formaldehyde Released from Articles

On 13 February, EU Member States approved the text of a REACH Restriction on Formaldehyde released from articles. The text will in the coming weeks be published in the Official Journal of the European Union, after which it will become law. A relatively long transition period is foreseen as it shall apply 48 months after […]

European Commission Proposes EU-wide Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for Diisocyanates

Diisocyanates are – together with polyols – the main building blocks of polyurethanes. The two diisocyanates used in the production of flexible polyurethane foam are TDI (Toluene diisocyanate) and – to a lesser extent – MDI (Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate). Diisocyanates – when not handled properly – can cause health issues, such as skin or eye […]

Supply Situation Improves / Prices of Raw Materials Historically High

Even though gas prices in Europe have receded compared to the summer, they remain historically high and volatile in Europe, creating difficulties for the entire chemicals industry, in which gas is used both as a raw material and as a source of energy. As reported by CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, in October of […]

Reduced European Production of Raw Materials Results in Slabstock Foam Shortages

Shortage of TDI (Toluene Diisocyanate) – one of the main raw materials used to make flexible polyurethane foam – is, again, disturbing the supply of flexible polyurethane foam to downstream markets such as upholstered furniture and mattresses across Europe.  In the past weeks, none of the three TDI manufacturing facilities in Europe have been operating, […]