- Viscoelastic Polyurethane Foam
Viscoelastic foam, first developed by NASA in the 1970s, is characterized by slow recovery after compression which enables it to very effectively redistribute weight and alleviate surface pressure points. This makes it among the most comfortable of all foams for bedding and furniture.
In the medical field, viscoelastic foam contributes greatly to comfort, through pressure relief, of patients with impaired mobility in hospital beds and in wheel chairs.
RUBINATE and SUPRASEC MDI from Huntsman are the raw materials of choice for the growing viscoelastic foam market, including for mattresses, pillows, wheel chair pads, furniture and many other kinds of specialty foam applications.
- High Resilience Polyurethane Foam
High resilience polyurethane foam has a non-uniform and open cell structure which provides increased comfort, support and durability to mattresses and furniture, when compared to conventional foams which tend to be harder and compress over time.
RUBINATE and SUPRASEC MDI from Huntsman are the raw materials of choice for high resilience foam, including combustion-modified, for bedding and furniture.
- Microcellular Polyurethane Foam
The very fine cell size of microcellular polyurethane foam provides superior mechanical properties and therefore makes it ideal for replacing plastic parts where the objective is to gain support through low density but without sacrificing strength.
In the furniture field, typical applications include office furniture arm rests and backs, wheel chair wheels and many others. Microcellular foam is a recent development and appreciation of its potential to replace solid plastic is growing fast.
RUBINATE and SUPRASEC MDI from Huntsman are the key raw materials for the manufacture of microcellular foam.