The Modern Miracle

of Flexible Polyurethane Foam

Membership Advantages

Why your organization may benefit from membership in PFA.

Entry-Level Employment

Looking for a career in the flexible foam industry? Start here.

Education and Training

Learn about the performance and technical aspects of foam.

Technical Papers

Paper abstracts from past PFA meetings and information on ordering full papers.


Upcoming meeting locations and registration details.

Hall Of Fame

Meet the individuals and companies who have shaped the flexible foam industry since its beginnings.

Member Portal

Exclusive information and business tools for PFA members.


The latest on issues, events, and individuals impacting the flexible polyurethane foam industry.

Open cell, flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) is a polymer material used in residential and commercial furnishings, automotive interiors, carpet underlay and in hundreds of industrial, medical, packaging and technical applications. More than 1.5 billion pounds of flexible polyurethane foam are produced in North America each year.

The Polyurethane Foam Association represents manufacturers and suppliers to the flexible polyurethane foam industry. We provide support on issues affecting our industry, education to users of flexible polyurethane foam, and guidance to our members on regulatory compliance.

Key Markets For Flexible Polyurethane Foam


Flexible polyurethane foam is used in upholstered furniture, office furniture, and other applications. Foam is a key component for delivering comfort and style.


Mattresses may contain layers of foam with innersprings, or the entire mattress could be made from foam. Special foam formulations such as viscoelastic foam (memory foam) are designed specifically for mattress applications.


In automobilies, flexible polyurethane foam is used for seats, headliners, dash and door padding and sound deadening. Many products use molded foam technology to create unique shapes and performance attributes.

Carpet Cushion

Flexible polyurethane is a dominant material  in carpet cushion, with much of it recycled from industrial or consumer applications. Bonded foam carpet cushion provides comfort and protects carpet from wear.


Flexible polyurethane foam provides excellent protection from shock or other forces that can damage equipment or other valuables. Foam  is form-fitting,  lightweight, and resilient, to withstand abuse over and over.

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