Hickory Spring Introduces Bio-Based Visco Gel Foam

Hickory Springs expands its portfolio of Preserve products with the introduction of a bio-based Visco gel foam. Preserve VG will make its debut at the upcoming ISPA Expo, March 14 -17 in Indianapolis.

“Once again, we’re demonstrating our commitment to creating foam products that are bio-based, partially replacing oil with natural and renewable resources. We’ve now added the cooling power of gel to Preserve, providing a truly restful night’s sleep,” said Hickory Springs National Product Manager of Bedding Products Brent Limer. “While our foam comfortably molds to the body, it’s actually more durable than oil-based foams meaning fewer body impressions. In 2005 when we introduced bio-based foam we knew it wasn’t a fad or a trend – we’re still proving that.”

Unlike beaded gel products, Preserve VG’s gel is evenly mixed throughout the entire foam matrix. Gel is swirled into the foam compound for added comfort, cooling and performance. Since VG’s gel is polyurethane, it is molecularly locked into the polyurethane foam structure. This ensures the gel will remain locked into the foam without the chance of shaking, falling or leaking out of the foam.

Hickory Springs’ development of Preserve foams came at a time of rising petroleum prices and concerns about raw material availability. Flexible polyurethane foam chemistry incorporates a renewable, natural ingredient allows for a kinder foam product, with stability in both pricing and supply. Hickory Springs’ goal for the Preserve program is to eventually eliminate all petrochemical products from its foam products.

Hickory Springs is one of the largest producers of flexible polyurethane foam for the nation’s furniture industry and offers more than 160 foam formulations. They company’s six foam plants produce millions of board feet of foam each year.

For more information, visit www.hickorysprings.com.

About Hickory Springs: One of North Carolina’s largest employers, Hickory Springs is a privately held company based in Hickory, North Carolina, with more than 50 manufacturing plants in 16 states and China. In addition to its core furniture and bedding markets, Hickory Springs also serves a growing range of customers in the automotive, recreational vehicle, packaging, medical, marine and telecommunications industries. In 2008, the company launched its EarthCare Inside line of components for upholstered furniture, including the industry-leading Preserve® bio-based foam, 100% recycled cotton, recycled sinuous steel and coils, among many other sustainable options.