Pan-American companies fuel membership surge in PU organisation

04 September 2013 19:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) has grown at a record pace this year, with membership up more than 30% thanks in part to new members from across the Americas, the industry advocacy organisation said on Wednesday.

Membership, which was at 48 companies in October 2012, has surged to 63 companies at present, said Helen Sullivan, a spokesperson for the PFA.

Joining the ranks since October have been three new US flexible polyurethane (PU) foam producers, eight new associate/supplier members and four new federated members, the PFA said.

Several of the new members have come from Canada, Brazil and other countries in the Americas, with more expected to join soon, the organisation said.

“PFA’s strategic work addressing legislative and regulatory threats is vital to our industry,” said Joe Progar, PFA president and executive vice president of Advanced Urethane Technologies.  “PFA’s collective efforts strengthen our industry as a whole and better equip foam manufacturers to meet future opportunities and challenges.” 

The PFA was founded in 1980 and represents manufacturers of open-cell flexible PU foam, which is commonly used in upholstered furniture seating, mattresses, pillows and automotive interiors.

In 2012, US producers made more than 1bn pounds (454m kg) of flexible PU foam. The PFA’s membership also includes raw material suppliers and companies that provide processing equipment and related services.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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