Minnesota, Minneapolis-Major Belgian foamer Recticel has introduced its Arcadia brand of flexible foams, made with Cargill's soya-based BiOH polyols. Arcadia foams were launched at the Planete Meuble show in Paris, 25-29 Jan, "drawing significant interest from customers looking to lessen the environmental footprint of their furniture and bedding applications," said a 26 Feb statement from Cargill.
"At Recticel, we are constantly searching for new products that give our customers, and our company, a technical edge," said Nick Wallace, comfort marketing manager for Recticel, in Cargill's announcement. "We chose Cargill's BiOH polyols for our new Arcadia range to introduce renewable resources in the manufacture of our flexible foams."
Recticel found it could use Cargill's "proprietary soybean oil technology … to produce high-quality foams," Wallace continued, adding that, "The implicit reduction in the carbon footprint of the Arcadia foams is already proving to be a popular option."
The foam group is marketing new grades of Arcadia for seating and mattress uses, and said it expects strong sales across Europe.
"We have been selling BiOH polyols to major foam manufacturers in North America for 18 months, now we are selling product in two of the largest markets in the world," commented Yusuf Wazirzada, business manager of Cargill's BiOH product line, going on to praise Recticel's leadership in using renewable polyols. "