India’s Flexipol invests $2.3m in new Hennecke line

Bhiwadi, Rajasthan – Indian polyurethane foam manufacturer Flexipol Foams invested in a new Hennecke Muiltiflex line in 2018, and aims to move into new markets.

The line has been installed to make a wide range of flexible foam sheets and roll. Flexipol said the range comprises foams of different colours and densities. It also includes super soft foam, hard foam and foam rolls for fabric lamination. All of these foams are available in a variety of widths and thicknesses.

‘We have invested about $2.3 m in the new line and, post installation, the physical properties of the finished produce has significantly improved with no pin holes,’ said Flexipol director Rajiv Jaluka in a telephone interview.

The company is also scouting for a partner. ‘We are looking for a mutually beneficial collaboration for development of new grades for the Indian market,’ he added

He said that the new Hennecke line has not significantly increased production capacity. But, Jaluka added, it is a high-pressure machine that can produce new grades, and allows Flexipol to enter different industry segments.

‘We are now capable of developing application-specific foam, and can meet custom requirements,’ he said.

Flexipol makes memory foams and daily comfort foams for products such as mattresses and cushions. It can also produce large industrial products, including rolls.

Flexipol’s site at Bhiwadi started operations more than two decades ago, in 1996. It produces about 4 kT/year of flexible foam.

Difference Between FR Foam and Normal Foam

There are various types of foams available on the market but FR foam or Fire Retardant Foam made by the leading FR foam manufacturer in India is truly unique in more ways than one. As the name implies, this type of foam does not catch fire and hence is a product of high asset for use in specific applications.

This type of foam is highly resilient and used in places where stringent fire code standards are needed. They are ideal for use in schools, hospitals, vehicles involved in mass transit such as buses, trains, airplanes etc. FR foam has an unusually high density which makes it highly durable. The use of fire retardant chemicals helps in creating a grainy texture that resists fire.

The normal foam used in homes for mattresses are available in many types. They are made of latex which is a natural product. Polyurethane or poly foam is what is commonly referred to as a foam mattress. It is used mostly in homes and hotels and is made of urethane and offer high density support. It is also less expensive than other types of foams.

While normal foams are made using standard polyurethane, FR foam is made using non-inflammable polyurethane and melamine.

Check the Video below to understand the difference between to foam more closely

Leading memory foam manufacturers in India make normal foams that are ideal for residential use, especially in mattresses. On the other hand, FR foam is used in commercial settings and in industries such as construction, transportation, automotive, machinery, and commercial furniture.

FR foam does not melt or drip when exposed to heat or intense flames and can help create a safe environment in commercial establishments. Normal foams do not offer any resistance to fire and are hence not used in environments where there is a potential risk of fire present.

As FR foams are manufactured using special materials and fortified to offer resistance to fire, they are generally more expensive than normal foam products.