WHAT IS POLYURETHANE FOAM?

- Jan 08, 2021-

The soft polyurethane foam helps provide comfort to everyone every day.


The most famous is that it supports our bodies most of the time through mattresses, upholstered furniture, and car seats. What is sometimes less known is that we have enjoyed the benefits of hundreds of polyurethane foam products without even noticing them. Its application range is almost limitless, from small but essential items (such as kitchen sponges, medical dressings to large filters and sound insulation systems), they can keep our environment clean and quiet.


Polyurethane is a major member of many polymers or plastics. Polyurethane can be solid or it can have an open-cell structure. In this case, it is called foam..., the foam can be flexible or rigid.


As a simple explanation, manufacturers make polyurethane foam by reacting polyols and diisocyanates (both from crude oil). In order to produce high-quality PU foam products, a series of additives are required according to the purpose of the foam.


Each form of polyurethane foam has many uses:


Europe represents the producers of flexible polyurethane foam blocks used in the applications (bedding, furniture, automobiles, and many other products) shown on this website.

Some soft PU foams are also molded, especially in the automotive field, mainly for car seats. For more information about molded foam applications, please visit Euro-Moulders' website, Euro-Moulders is the European automotive industry molded polyurethane parts manufacturers association.

Rigid foam is mainly used for the insulation of buildings. Under the authorization of our European cooperative organization PU Europe, the organization has established a website to answer all questions about the insulation of buildings by polyurethane foam.