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, […]

Seven more companies join EUROPUR in May and June!

We have reported in April that 6 companies have joined our association in 2022. Since then, seven more companies became members of EUROPUR, totaling 13 new members this year only, and more than a 100 in total. Together, our members operate >70% of the PU foam plants in wider Europe and produce around 1,1 million tonnes of […]

EUROPUR Members Elect a New Board of Directors

Berlin, DE, 8 June 22  For immediate release     Today, at EUROPUR’s General Assembly, members elected a new Board of Directors, for a mandate of three years. The new Board of Directors is composed of 16 members: 9 representatives of flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers, 1 representative of a national association of foam producers and 5 […]

So far EUROPUR welcomes six new members in 2022!

Home Group Home Group is a polyurethane foam produces from Ukraine primarily supplying Home Group Holdings, a major upholstered furniture producer in Europe. Click HereWakol Headquartered in Pirmasens, Germany, Wakol specializes i.a. in foam adhesives for mattresses and upholstery. Click HereDolidolDolidol brings 50-year-long expertise in manufacturing of polyurethane foam, bedding and furniture. Headquartred in Morocco, […]

Price Volatility: Flexible PU Foam is no Exception

European consumers notice it every day: inflation is hitting us all hard. The Eurozone inflation rate was 7.5% in March 2022 on a yearly basis, with some EU countries approaching the 10%. Largely linked to the international context and more particularly to oil and gas, the price of many products made with chemicals has also […]

Safe Use of Diisocyanates Training Platform now Live in English

Flexible polyurethane foam is a polymeric material  which is produced by combining two main substances: polyols and diisocyanates; as well as other minor components such as water. When these substances are mixed together, they react almost instantly – creating PU foam.

Supply of raw materials update

Following our earlier update on 16th December 2020 on disruptions in the flexible polyurethane foam supply chain, supply issues have continued to affect the industry through the year end. In a context of high demand for flexible polyurethane foam, supply of raw materials is expected to remain tight well into H1 2021. To read more please […]