Use of foams are expanding rapidly

Sales of foam products including Foam Replacements are expanding in volumes and into many products since its introduction after World War II. From 1955 to 1970, the consumption of foam just in the United States increased more than tenfold. By 2005, the value of the foam industry estimated to be closer to $16 billion a year and increasing ever since.

Foam is made of polyurethane which has been exposed to UV light. More than three quarters of global polyurethane products are in the foam forms. They come in flexible, rigid as well as in between qualities. Today foams are used for many purposes from sofa foam to bedding, packaging, and acoustics to comfort cushions. Let’s take a look at foam use in furniture and automobiles.

Foam used in furniture including sofa seat cushions is made of polyols mixed in with catalysts, blowing agents, additives and allowing it to rise freely. They are made in open-topped molds, boxes or other enclosures and then cut into desired shapes and sizes to fit variety of furniture and furnishings including upholstered furniture cushions or sofa foam, automotive seat cushions including custom cushion, carpet cushion, and variety of mattress uses. Foam Replacements are also adding to the sales of polyurethane. No matter what the use is they all are recyclable. The current market demand for polyurethane furniture and furnishings products are labeled as “latent” due to lack of international openness, cultural barriers to consumption, regulations, and cartel-like behavior of producers.

Flexible and semi-flexible polyurethane are used in interior of automobiles in head rests, seats, armrests, roof liners, dashboards, and even in instrument panels. Log onto to see available foam products. Seat manufacturers use molds to make car seats for all makes of automobiles. They can insert the metal frame, foam and even the seat fabric cover into the same mold and manufacture a complete car seat in one step within few minutes. In addition to custom cushion in the interior, polyurethane is used in the vehicle body, spoilers, and windows. Use of polyurethane in vehicles allow the vehicle to significantly increase mileage by reducing vehicle weight and increasing fuel efficiency, comfort, corrosion resistance, insulation and sound absorption.

From apparels to vehicles, building construction, appliances, automobiles, flooring, medical equipment and electronics, foam is used in many ways to improve the quality, efficiency and durability of products. Visit to see a wide range of products available for your use.

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