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10.07.2019

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BPI’s Sustainable Foam Solutions for Industrial and Furniture Application

Bramming Plast-Industri A/S continuously optimises its processes in a sustainable direction through a comprehensive and consistent focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 12: Responsible consumption and production, where BPI can and will make a particular difference. Here, the products Setex®, InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® play an essential role in particular.

Since BPI’s beginning in 1971, sustainability has been a natural and integral part of the mindset, and over the years it has developed into a systematic and targeted effort to ensure minimal environmental impact through optimised manufacturing processes and modern production facilities.

Setex®, InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® are three of BPI’s self-produced foam qualities which are especially sustainable. The three products’ value chains contain recycling as a necessary element: Setex® is manufactured from surplus materials from flexible polyurethane foams with open cell structures, as well as surplus materials from the production of the rigid polyurethane foams InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® with closed cell structures, which are transformed into composite materials. All the products are degradable.

Setex® – recycled flexible foam granulate

The concept of Setex® was the first step towards sustainable production, as in the 1970s BPI began to collect and recycle off-cuts from the production of flexible polyether and polyester foams. The off-cuts were transformed into foam cushions with granulate filling internally, while granulate foam blocks were produced externally, until in the 1980s the internal production of MDI-based granulate foam blocks was started under its own name, Setex®.

During the production process the flexible polyurethane foams are first granulated into small pieces of certain sizes, after which the granules are glued together, under high pressure, into the desired shape and density. The final product is a flexible foam with acoustical, vibrational and shock-absorbing properties which make it ideal for a variety of purposes. You can read more about Setex®’s many properties and applications here.

InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® – hard foam products made from collected excess material

With the production of InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® in the 2010s, BPI moved from the use of CFC gas (freon) to pentane gas, as this was a more environmentally friendly and sustainable propellant gas for the production of the products. In the 2010s this recycling concept was extended through investment in an efficient plant for the continuous collection of excess materials (powder) from the processing procedures for InotanPUR® and InotanPIR®. Excess material can be reused in a variety of composite products, which, like InotanPUR® and InotanPIR®, have a number of strong properties regarding i.a. thermal insulation. You can read more about InotanPUR® and InotanPIR® here.

Circular economy and high quality

Through the efforts within recycling excess materials, the use of raw materials is made more efficient in order to minimise environmental impact. Waste and emissions from production are limited, and all potential materials are recycled. Awareness of and contribution to a sustainable future is accompanied by a constant focus on producing high-quality products with unique properties. All this gives the customer a greater variety of foam types, enabling BPI to create the best foam solutions for customer-specific applications.

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