Global Polyurethane Foam Supply Shortage
Without question, 2020 has been one of the most testing years for businesses of all varieties across the nation. Following the global pandemic, we have seen a restriction in the supply of many goods and services; the foam industry included.
What’s Happening with the Supply of Foam?
Right now, rigid and flexible foam manufacturers are battling severe supply shortages of polyols and isocyanates; 2 of the main components used in the production of foam.
Following the force majeure put in place by BASF on their Ludwigshafen plant, Covestro has now also called force majeure following a pump failure at their Dormagen plant. This has caused a severe impact on the supply chain of TDI (toluene diisocyanate).
The European polyols market is also restricted following severe constraints in supply coupled with heightened demand.
This, in turn, has caused manufacturing issues for foam producers. Two of Europe’s largest manufacturers are struggling to produce foam in significant quantities to meet increased demand over the Christmas period.
What This Means for You & Your Orders
Be assured that our team is doing everything in their power to provide the goods and services you need in a timely fashion. Unlike other foam suppliers in the UK, we take a global logistics approach to obtaining foam.
Sourcing foam made not only in Europe, but from across the world, helps to ensure our supply chain is the most robust possible. This means you will not only get your foam quicker; it will also be cut to the high specifications you have grown to love from us.
You can still place your orders as normal, however, the availability of foam grades from suppliers is continuously changing. Your order will take longer to arrive than that stated in your order confirmation as we await the supply of raw materials to produce your order.
Thank You for Your Co-Operation
We understand that news of this nature is never welcome and sympathise with the frustrations that our customers may be feeling at this time.
Customer satisfaction continues to remain one of our foremost priorities. Be assured that we will be taking every necessary step to resume our regular service, with minimal interruptions, as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions regarding this situation, a member of our team will be happy to assist you. Our contact page includes details on the various ways you can get in touch.
Thank you for your continued support, patience and co-operation. We will continue to update you here as the situation develops.
Team GB Foam.
Update 04/11/20: Foam In Stock. Order Now!
Update 03/11/20: Foam Stock Due Soon – Place Your Order Now to Reserve.
Update 02/11/2020: Foam Out of Stock – New foam in production but awaiting stock delivery to factory.
Update 29/10/2020: Foam Stock Almost Gone – Awaiting the delivery of raw materials.
Why Choose GB Foam For Your Foam Cut To Size?
Our factory is equipped with the latest CNC cutting technology and throughout the years we have employed the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry. Many members of the team have worked for the company for several decades and their attention to detail and quality control is something that only comes with years of knowledge and experience.
We have many customers who started with us in 1976 and are still working with us today, which we like to think reflects on our vision to be the most dynamic foam converter in our industry. For us no job is too big or too small. We offer the same level of service and delivery whether you are a retail customer ordering one piece of foam from home, or a large manufacturer ordering daily.
40 Years In BUsiness
GB Foam have been offering foam cut to size from our factory since 1976.
Hand Made In The UK
We employ the most talented freehand foam cutters in the industry.
ISO 9001 Quality
Our team work to the ISO 9001 quality standards to guarantee only the best
Super Fast Delivery
All orders placed before 11:00am will be despatched for next working day delivery
5 Year Guarantee
Our foam comes with a 5 year guarantee against faults in manufacture.
Our entire range of foam exceed UK safety and flammability standards.