Fabricator provides foam for upholstery compliant with flammability standard

Luxaire Cushion Co. has said that it has discovered a way to make polyurethane foam compliant with CTB (California Technical Bulletin) 117 from the year 2013, a flammability standard for upholstered furniture.

“While there are other products in the market that achieve this, or claim to, what is unique about Luxaire Low Combustibility Foam is that it does not raise the level of Volatile Organic Chemicals,” said Luxaire’s Steve Shechter. “This is significant because many jurisdictions do not allow the use of fire retardants in institutional and habitational settings.

“Logically, it would seem that this would create market opportunity for furniture and bedding manufacturers, especially in those jurisdictions. We have temporarily suspended our efforts due to the chilling effect that Covid has had on the manufacturer’s interest in innovation, but we are prepared to enter in discussions who are interested in learning  how they could utilize this technology.”

Luxaire Cushion is a fabricated foam cushion manufacturing company in Newton Falls, Ohio.

Customers are upholstery shops, seating companies, medical companies, supply and packaging companies.

Shechter said that Luxaire has changed and evolved with the times, and the company is more efficient with pricing opposed to the past. Everything is becoming digital and automated compared to hand cutting everything in the past. Luxaire uses materials and fabrics bought in the U.S. The foam is not actually made by Luxaire, only fabricated. It is sold customized to any specification.

Fabrication starts when large buns of polyurethane foam is delivered and stored. When a customer orders a customized part of foam it is then sent to each specific department to get the required tasks. It is then packaged and shipped. The company currently has seven employees.

“Our initial plan was simply add CTB 117 compliant fabricated foam components to our service offering,” Shechter said. “We are open to using our technology to assist customers in creating their own specifications that exceed CTB 117 and also to licensing our technology for their own applications, such as with molded or sprayed-on foam and other materials such as bonded foam or wood.”

A number of potential customers have expressed some interest earlier this year, but these discussions have not continued through the virus-induced slowdown.

“Naturally, the specifics of the technology are highly proprietary,” Shechter said. “I can assure anyone considering using this that we will provided independent, professional laboratory testing to verify the combustibility and the absence of VOC’s.” See http://luxcushion.com


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