Brussels – European polyester slabstock production topped 1.35MT in Europe in 2020, according to figures from trade association EuroPUR. This comfortably exceeds the volumes produced in 2019.
European flexible foam production rose in 2020
The European association of flexible polyurethane foam blocks manufacturers reported the figure at its Slabstock Foam Market Report Europe webinar in early June in a presentation given by Clint Raine of Belvedere and Partner.
Overall, the volume of flexible foam produced by Europe's 160 flexible foamers was 1.4MT with a total of 63.9kT of polyester-based flexible foam included.
EuroPUR estimates that the industry employs 28,622 in the EU27 nations, the UK, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and the rest of Europe. It turned over an estimated EUR5.3bn in 2020, according research for the association.
Although turnover was flat between 2019 and 2020, the industry employed 4% more people in 2020, according to the information presented by Raine. There was a 5kT, or 7.4%, decline in the amount of polyester slabstock foam produced between 2019 and 2020, but this was more than offset by the 44kT increase in polyester foam used in domestic furniture and mattresses.
A full report on the meeting is scheduled to appear in the August/September issue.