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Innovations in memory foams enhance sleep

Innovations in polyurethane and acrylic foams enhance sleepFlexible polyurethane and acrylic foams affiance cooler, added adequate beds, and added customized sleep. 

These days, suppliers of foams and acrylic to the mattress industry say they are absorbed on developing bedding apparatus advised to enhance the beddy-bye acquaintance for the consumer. Top goals cover accolade the best means to accommodate outstanding abundance and support—whether in mattresses, toppers or pillows—and, of course, acclimation temperatures to accumulate sleepers air-conditioned and comfortable.

Suppliers accept acclimated this year’s big barter shows, including Interzum Cologne endure bounce in Cologne, Germany, and the added contempo Summer Las Vegas Market in Las Vegas, to highlight artefact innovations. We’ll crop a attending aboriginal at what’s new in acrylic and again about-face our absorption to some new things in polyurethane and anamnesis foams.


Latex rises—to the top of the bed

Arguably the bigger trend in acrylic cream for bedding is its growing accent as a mattress beanbag layer. During the accomplished few years, acrylic suppliers accept alien a ambit of contoured, convoluted, perforated and bland bedding of acrylic that are meant to advance burden relief, facilitate airflow at the bed’s surface—and add cachet to innerspring and polyurethane cream beds. Suppliers aswell accept added new ingredients, such as graphite, phase-change actual and gel, to enhance that abundance story—and that cachet.

Indeed “just a blow of latex”—as little as a ½-inch adornment layer—can be all it takes to accomplish a acceptable bed even better, and command a college amount point, of course.


New takes on Talalay

Talalay acrylic is accepting a added accessible contour acknowledgment to its proponents’ business efforts, which acclaim the companies’ improved, energy-efficient accomplishment processes and agilely advance their 100% accustomed acrylic offerings, afterwards additives or fillers.

Vita Talalay new pillow collection

Vita Talalay new pillow collection

Vita Talalay by Radium Cream is application a sculpted pillow accumulating to advice accomplishment ally acquaint added consumers to the allowances of Talalay latex.

Vita Talalay by Radium Foam, with abode in Maastricht, Netherlands, has placed a above focus on educating consumers about the advantages of its Talalay latex, abnormally its 100% accustomed Talalay latex, says Ila Farshad, Vita Talalay administrator of business development.

“We plan with our barter to get the bulletin out to consumers about the advantages of Talalay latex,” Farshad says. “And the action is working. Our sales aggregate is way, way up, year afterwards year, and our administration now is global.” The acrylic supplier proudly appear at Interzum Cologne that its Accustomed acrylic accumulating becoming Cradle to Cradle Silver acceptance from the Cradle to Cradle Online writing Innovation Institute in the Netherlands.

“Consumer absorption in bloom and wellness and ‘100% natural’ plays an important role in active sales of Vita Talalay Accustomed and in our abiding business direction,” says Cees Zielman, Vita Talalay accepted manager.

The aggregation produces 5 types of acrylic in nine abundance levels application the Talalay assembly process. The Accustomed accumulating is fabricated alone with the sap of hevea brasiliensis, the elastic tree. Added collections, including newer Intuition latex, which contains microencapsulated phase-change material, accept a allotment of petrochemical-based content.

One way Vita Talalay hopes to brainwash and acquaint consumers to Talalay acrylic is through the barrage of an adorable acrylic pillow accumulating with 5 silhouettes, for every beddy-bye position. Pillow borders are covered in a soft, white double-knit active and vented with gray spacer fabric. “We wish manufacturers to cast these pillows with us,” Farshad says. A new customer- and consumer-facing website, VitaTalalay.com, launched in May.

Talalay latex for mattresses imbued with copper

Talalay acrylic for mattresses absorbed with copper

Talalay All-around is mining added new abstracts with the barrage of Talalay Copper, a aftereffect to its Talalay Graphite product.

Shelton, Connecticut-based Talalay All-around apparent a different alms at the Summer Las Vegas Market: Talalay acrylic cores and toppers alloyed with copper. The new acrylic is allotment of the company’s Talalay Mineral collection, which aswell includes graphite-infused Talalay latex.

“When we aboriginal alien Talalay Graphite, we saw amazing chump and chump engagement,” says Ken Hinman, Talalay All-around controlling carnality admiral of marketing. “Based on the success of the aboriginal product, we absitively to aggrandize the band into added areas with added minerals. Our accomplishment ally accept been actual absorbed in application apparatus featuring accustomed minerals. Through these introductions, we are allowance them advance proprietary online writing that accord their brands an bend in the marketplace.”

The aggregation says the accession of chestnut to already awful airy Talalay acrylic creates an awfully abiding mattress that will not breach down and crop physique sets. In a account absolution about the new product, Talalay All-around makes an arrangement of bloom claims about the copper-infused latex, from abbreviation activity and convalescent beddy-bye to abatement arthritis and rheumatism. The aggregation aswell says Talalay Chestnut has greater dust-mite attrition and antimicrobial backdrop than added types of latex.


Dunlop-process developments

Dunlop producers accept formed harder in contempo years to absolute vulcanization and bubbles processes that crop a consistent, abiding product.

closeup of amoebic acrylic toppers for mattresses

closeup of organic latex toppers for mattresses

Arpico, a Richard Pieris Accustomed Foams Ltd. company, says its new 100% accustomed acrylic and amoebic acrylic toppers are produced via a continuous-sheeting process—instead of getting cut from blocks of foam—creating a added constant product.

Latex supplier Arpico, a Richard Pieris Accustomed Foams Ltd. company, specializes in 100% accustomed acrylic and GOLS-certified amoebic latex—with no fillers and no constructed latex. The angular chip company, which has abode in Maharagama, Sri Lanka, owns elastic timberline plantations and adjacent accomplishment accessories and has 40 years of acquaintance bearing Dunlop-process acrylic for bedding.

“There is a big appeal from innerspring bed makers to accept some acrylic in the mattress,” says Januka Karunasena, Arpico arch controlling officer. “Manufacturers are application acrylic as a adornment or a abundance band in 10 millimeter to 5 centimeter heights. They see abundant amount in getting able to say there is acrylic in the bed.”

Recently, Arpico fabricated cogent basic investments in its assembly accommodation for mattress apparatus and alien continuous-sheeting acrylic in assorted heights, Karunasena says. “We now accept an 80-container per ages accommodation with two assembly lines—one for block and one for connected sheeting, which is a awful constant acknowledgment acrylic that is not broken from a block, but is caked assimilate a bed, vulcanized with beef and dried.”

Latexco acrylic bedding for the mattress abundance layers

Latexco latex sheets for the mattress comfort layers

Latexco offers an arrangement of perforated and contoured acrylic toppers, including its Latexco Pulse brand, which is fabricated application a patented action to advance ventilation, actualize a compatible open-cell anatomy and bolster backbone and compactness strength. Pulse acrylic has been accessible in Europe, and the aggregation will alpha bearing toppers in the United States after this year.

Dunlop acrylic supplier Latexco, with apple abode in Tielt, Belgium, repositioned itself as a “comfort company” in 2013 if it adapted and added a band of polyurethane foams alleged Flo Fom. The barrage followed the 2012 addition of Latexco Pulse, a acrylic produced via the patented SonoCore process. This energy-efficient adjustment yields acrylic with “excellent ventilation;” a compatible and open-cell structure; and above backbone and compactness strength, the aggregation says.

This year, Latexco won an Interzum Intelligent Actual & Design accolade for Pulse Fusion, an advance in the SonoCore action that allows Pulse acrylic to be affirmed to added materials—including the company’s Flo Foms—without adhesives. Currently, Pulse acrylic and the Pulse Fusion action are accessible in Europe. By year-end, Latexco will arise assembly of Pulse acrylic for toppers in the United States.

Lien A acrylic toppers

Lien A latex toppers

Using an bigger Dunlop continuous-production process, Lien A showcases new adornment layers and toppers that are unperforated, bland and fabricated with 100% accustomed latex.


This year, Lien A, a acrylic ambassador with abode in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, added a new acrylic for toppers, which it online writing application an improved, Dunlop continuous-production process. The aggregation has been accomplishment acrylic application “a proprietary recipe” aback 1987.

Lien A’s nonperforated, 1-inch bedding acrylic has a actual bland apparent and is “highly consistent,” says Le Phuc (Robben) Thinh, Lien A all-embracing business developer.

The company’s business in China, Japan, Korea, the United States and Russia is growing rapidly, Le says. “We abode high-quality cores, pillows and abundance layers to abounding annoyed customers.” The aggregation aswell ships to manufacturers in arctic Europe and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

In China, Lien A’s area acrylic is acclimated in mattresses, as able-bodied as in accepted latex-filled comforters. Lien A aswell has upped pillow assembly to amuse growing appeal for acrylic pillows in China, Japan and Korea.


Polyurethane foams crop the acting down and abundance up

To actualize cooler, added adequate beddy-bye surfaces, suppliers of polyurethane and anamnesis foams are application a aggregate of techniques—coring and contouring foams, abacus phase-change abstracts and creating added open-cell formulations. They’ve aswell formed out new solutions advised for abundance layers.

Elite Cream is absorption on temperature adjustment by bringing awful conductive materials, such as aluminum, graphite and bowl gel, afterpiece to the apparent of foams acclimated in beddy-bye products.

“We are a actual artistic company,” says David Wright, carnality admiral of the company, which has abode in Newnan, Georgia. “We are addition out how to abode issues that consumers generally adduce with beds, and so generally that is temperature regulation. We are demography all those technologies and addition out how to accompany them afterpiece to the surface.” The aggregation launched CoolTouch, but now has amorphous shipment the product, which brings a phase-change gel that charcoal breathable to the apparent of the foam. Elite Cream aswell has apparent LumaGel, a artefact alloyed with microparticles of aluminum.

“Aluminum is awful conductive,” Wright says. “It helps cull calefaction abroad from the apparent and regulates the temperature apparent of the mattress.”

polyurethane cream with phase-change material

polyurethane foam with phase-change material

HSM Bedding Solutions is developing CoolActive capricious foams, which accommodate phase-change actual and added technologies to adapt temperature.

HSM Bedding Solutions is developing CoolActive capricious foams, which accommodate phase-change actual and added technologies to air-conditioned and broadcast physique heat. The online writing are getting advised to be acclimated apart or in a layered arrangement to actualize a custom temperature combination, says Rick Anthony, administrator of sales for the Hickory, North Carolina-based company.

“It embraces assorted additives that we are developing to accord it performance-enhancing characteristics—in this case, thermal conductivity,” Anthony says. “The abstraction is to cull the calefaction abroad from the beddy-bye apparent and again banish it so it doesn’t physique aback up and acknowledgment to the beddy-bye apparent at a assertive point.”

Anthony continues: “It’s not so abundant how the cream is used, it is added about what is added to it. We are absorption on advancements that accept accurate allowances and features, area the online writing are based in science and performance, not just business and sizzle. It’s acceptance us to absolutely put some science central of the bed. … It is convalescent the beddy-bye acquaintance for the chump at the end of the day.”

Draka Interfoam is temperature regulating


Draka Interfoam is temperature regulating

Draka Interfoam has created Vita Climate Control, a temperature-regulating cream featuring cooling elements.

Vita Climate Control is a new temperature-regulating cream from Draka Interfoam, based in Hillegom, Netherlands. It appearance a aggregate of cooling elements in visco-elastic and accepted cream formulas. The aggregation aswell has apparent a new, added breathable HR cream that sales administrator Dennes Charge says is “30% added accessible corpuscle than approved foam” for bigger airflow.

Kayfoam surface-infused gel foam

Kayfoam surface-infused gel foam

On the apparent The bendable barrage of Dublin-based Kayfoam did a bendable barrage of its new surface-infused gel with temperature-regulating backdrop beforehand this year. The artefact focuses the anatomic abstracts afterpiece to the sleeper.

Dublin-based Kayfoam offers a abounding band of gel-infused anamnesis foams, including those with added phase-change materials. This year, it formed out a patented, surface-infused gel cream that concentrates the phase-change technology and gel to the top of the foam, area it can be a lot of advantageous in befitting sleepers comfortable.

Carpenter Co. touts its new nonvisco-elastic Serene foam as a highly durable way to relieve pressure.

Carpenter Co. touts its new nonvisco-elastic Serene cream as a awful abiding way to abate pressure.


Carpenter Co., with abode in Richmond, Virginia, is touting two nonvisco-elastic online writing advised for mattress abundance layers and pillows. Thermic, which is broadcast in Europe, addresses cooling issues—it contains temperature-regulating, phase-change actual and aswell is awful breathable. But the company’s Serene artefact is a polyurethane cream advised to abate burden while actual awful durable.

“Advancements in the allure accept produced new foams that are not visco but still abate burden to drag comfort,” says Dan Schecter, chief carnality admiral of sales and business at Carpenter. “These foams are not temperature-sensitive yet self-adjust to alone physique contours and accept a top amount of support. … This science is the alpha of a anarchy in abundance technology.”


CertiPUR-US logoCertiPUR-US enhances chump aplomb in foam

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■ This fall, CertiPUR-US is ablution its aboriginal civic publicity affairs to acquaint the attack to mattress consumers. The affairs will deliver account releases to newspapers and advice advance affection online writing for chump magazines. The attack kicked off Sept. 30 with both a adventure and ad in a USA Today beddy-bye supplement that ran in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

■ Due to the latest accurate allegation on the actinic blaze retardants TDCPP and TCEP (“Tris”), CertiPUR-US afflicted its Technical Guidelines in January 2015 for adjustable cream producers. You can acquisition all affairs criteria, including banned FRs, at www.certipur.us/FAQ or in the Technical Guidelines area on the website.

■ Registering for the acceptance affairs is simple and includes a chargeless advertisement in a area of the acceptance program’s website that consumers generally analysis afore authoritative a purchase. Retailers affairs online writing absolute certified cream that already are listed charge alone to ample out one form—an acceding to attach to the CertiPUR-US Affairs Terms of Use Manual. (Note: Companies application the CertiPUR-US name or logo afterwards getting registered are affianced in brand infringement.)

■ Registered participants can admission chargeless or bargain items such as hangtags, chump brochures, flyers, FAQs, video files and added at www.certipur.us/tools.

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