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Huntsman's new foam technology offers cool comfort

29 March 2015

Huntsman has developed polyurethane-based foam technology, which can be used to manufacture cool, breathable, flexible foams for bedding, furniture and seating applications.

The RUBIFLEX Cocoon foam system enhances comfort by reducing the build up of heat and humidity in foam mattresses, pillows and seat cushions, caused by the body when it is at rest.

Combining the very best properties of memory and high-resilience, the system provides foams that deliver support and good pressure distribution. Its special hygrothermal properties help dissipate the natural accumulation of heat and humidity generated by the body when it comes into contact with mattresses, pillows, toppers, armchairs, sofas and car seats.

Offering a good balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments, the polymer structure of the RUBIFLEX Cocoon foam system facilitates water vapour permeability and humidity transmission. Airflow permeability is also high – helping to transport heat away from the body’s surface. Tests show that the temperature build up in foams based on RUBIFLEX Cocoon is more than 1.5ºC lower than in a comparable memory foam.

The foams are durable and resilient, retaining their original feel, thickness and shape over time – despite changes in temperature conditions. They also have an excellent wet compression set and good tear strength. Conforming to LGA and CertiPUR standards they meet low VOC requirements.

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