23 May 2013 22:57 [Source: ICIS news]
SAO PAULO (ICIS)--Demand for flexible slabstock polyurethane (PU) foam in Brazil is increasing in line with GDP growth, a source said on Thursday on the sidelines of the Feiplastic 2013 exhibition.
Flexible PU foam for mattresses is made in Brazil mostly in a batch process using stationary hinged-wall boxes rather than in continuous production lines. The source said that about 80% of slabstock flexible PU in Brazil is produced in a batch process and only 20% in a continuous process.
Flexible foam producers have split production facilities with lower-cost batch manufacturing in several regions, because automated PU foam production equipment is expensive, distances to consumption centers in Brazil can be great and freight costs of finished foam is high. Because of these conditions, a large-volume producer can opt for several batch-production plants located in key consumption areas, according to the source.
Because some mattress production uses low-density, low-quality, low-cost PU foam with short memory or little resilience, to the detriment of the consumer, the Brazilian government is implementing specs for PU foam to guarantee quality standards, the source added.
Feiplastic continues through Friday.
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