Foaming is Eurofoam’s main focus and, geographically, its Zgierz site is in the centre of Poland, “which we think is an excellent location,” said Mikolasek
“We have three foaming lines on which we produce 180 different grades of foam. Why so many grades? Well we serve all kinds of foam applications, not just furniture and bedding. We are also supplying foams for transport systems and specialised foams for technical applications,” he added.
“We still think that the demands from the authorities when it comes to fire safety standards is perhaps the biggest challenge. We see that rising and the authorities getting tougher and tougher.”
But, he said, the firm is proud of its record for manufacturing foam to high safety standards.
Mikolasek said Eurofoam itself had not been hit by political and diplomatic issues such as European sanctions on Russia, although he added that general Polish markets had been indirectly affected. For Mikolasek, the main challenge remains the competition to provide the best and most cost-effective product. “We are about to launch a new feature for our rolled foams in which the joints are invisible. In this way, we are offering a product which reduces waste for our customers.”
Upgrading converting capacity
Now that Eurofoam has completed the logistic upgrade to its facility, the company is turning its attention to its converting capacities, Mikolasek said. Overall, Eurofoam has 36 sites dedicated to conversion, four of which are based in Poland, he said.
How Eurofoam Polska fits into the group
Eurofoam Polska is a 100% subsidiary of the Eurofoam Group with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The firm’s main foaming site in Zgierz, north of Lodz, is one of several the company owns in Poland.
The firm produces ether and ester PU foams in blocks, rolls, plates and customised shapes from three foaming lines with 670 employees. Eurofoam’s output goes into furniture, while its technical foam is used in footwear, automotive and acoustic soundproofing and other applications.