Flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) affects our lives in many ways and new applications are rolling out on a regular basis. It is used as cushioning for a wide variety of consumer and commercial products including furniture, carpet cushion, transportation, bedding, packaging, textiles and fibers. FPF usage consists mostly of slabstock, which is used primarily for carpet cushion and furniture.
Polyurethane foam articles without even noticing. Its applications are virtually endless, ranging from small but essential items such as sponges in the kitchen, medical dressings to large filters and soundproofing systems that keep our environment clean and quiet. Polyurethane is a leading member of the wide-ranging and highly diverse family of polymers or plastics.
Flexible polyurethane foam is foam that is flexible (bendable and compressible) made of polyurethane. Polyurethane (PUR) is a polymer, linking carbamate molecules in chains which are cross-linked into three-dimensional webs.
The growth of the polyurethane foam market in North America is mainly driven by the increasing demand for flexible polyurethane foam from end-use industries in this region. Moreover, there is a significant demand for polyurethane foam for specific applications, such as automotive seating and customer needs.
The growth of the polyurethane foam market is primarily driven by the rising demand for polyurethane foam from the bedding & furniture and building & construction industries and ongoing urbanization in the Asia Pacific region. The unique properties of polyurethane foam are projected to drive the demand for polyurethane foam across the globe. In building & construction industry, polyurethane foams find promising application in insulated panels, wall and roof insulation, and for doors and windows gap fillers. Versatility, energy efficiency, thermal/mechanical performance, and environmental savings characteristics of polyurethane foams making it an ideal material for this industry.
The global flexible polyurethane foam market is expected to grow at a CAGR of almost 8%, during the forecast period. Flexible polyurethane foams are light, durable and comfortable and can be molded into different shapes. They resist mildew and are hypoallergenic. Cushioning made of flexible polyurethane foam is resilient, durable and strong and it absorbs energy.