10 things to see at the show 2018

Product showcase

number 1  

300+ specialist suppliers and Product Showcase 

Discover new products and services at the Foam Expo Product Showcase. Over the three days you are invited to see 12 live demonstrations taking place around the hall, showcasing a mixture of foam products from adhesives and thermal testing, to resilience of engineered polyurethane products and conductivity of testing foams.

Remember that visiting Foam Expo is your ticket to meet more than 300 specialist suppliers including Huntsman, 3M, Avery Dennison, FXI, Woodbridge Foam Corporation, Lear Corporation, INOAC, Imesa, Foam Supplies Inc and more. Check out the Exhibitor List to plan ahead or download the app to create your list of favorites. 

Number 2

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Manufacturing and applications dual-track conference 

Hear from experts at our two-track conference with an increased focus on sustainability, recycling, lightweighting and product optimization in addition to exploring the many potential applications of foams. This free-to-attend forum runs throughout the three days and will feature speakers from Adient, Ford Motor Company, Nitto Denko, Armacell, Woodbridge Foam Corporation and more. In Track 1 you will also be given the opportunity to pose and vote for specific questions to be answered by a member of the panel using 'Slido' on your smartphone or tablet - visit www.slido.com, enter the event code FMX18 and select Track 1. Access to all sessions is included with your exhibition hall pass. 

Number 3

 Networking events

Networking events to showcase your business 

As show organizers we understand that networking is one of the most powerful ways of marketing a product or organization and taking your business to the next level, so we invite you to make the most of the networking events during the show.

Connect with the most knowledgeable and innovative contacts in the industry, along with speakers, exhibitors and attendees – just don’t forget your business cards! Networking events take place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March from 4:00pm onwards in the exhibition hall.  

Number 3

Download the app 

Download the app and start customizing your visit! 

Have you downloaded the Foam Expo app yet? If not, do it now! Just go to the App Store and search ‘Foam Expo’ to download and save your ‘favorite’ exhibitors and speaking sessions to your own list. The app also includes the event schedule, exhibitor list, floor plan, conference sessions, contacts and the speaker list. You’ll also receive live notifications direct from the show floor to ensure you don’t miss that important session or product demo you have been waiting to see.

Number 5

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Learn and network with industry professionals

Learn about application development, material requirements and testing best practices from end-user industry experts, and find out how these could be transferred to your technical application.




Number 6

Hightower products 

 New water-based mold releases match solvent-based materials

Hightower Products LLC will be promoting a new line of water-based mold releases for flexible foam at Foam Expo 2018. The chemistry is unique in several respects compared with all other water-based mold releases on the market.

The most important features are as follows: lower cost per pound than traditional solvent-based materials. There is no cost penalty to significantly reducing VOCs, mold build-up is similar to solvent-based materials and foam quality is equal or superior to that made with solvent-based materials. Visit Hightower Products at Booth 517.

Number 7


  Volatile organic compound (VOC) testing

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in all natural and synthetic materials, and many of them can be quite harmful to humans. Intertek helps companies across many diverse industries measure and identify the nature of their VOCs. Wednesday March 7, 3:30pm, Intertek Booth 345.



Number 8

 Hamdy Khalil

 Sustainability is not a choice – it’s a necessity

In this keynote, Hamdy Khalil, will review the history of and criteria of sustainability within the industry. His talk will investigate how sustainability is measured and the norms that are used to talk about this concept. It will highlight the history and pioneers who laid down the path to sustainability as well as give examples of materials that are now available in order to create sustainable products such as additives, like lignin and algea, to name a few. In addition, it will look at the scale up of these materials, the acceptance of the legislative and customer point of view, and the implementation criteria: how can they be implemented, benefits of implementation and cost. 

Number 9


 Combi testers for durability and compression testing

Schap Specialty Machine Inc has developed two combination testers to serve mattress manufacturers, retailers and test labs. The first is a fully automated Cornell tester, built to ASTM F1566 and running without any additional operator involvement. This new Cornell tester performs durability tests and IFD-type compression tests, all on the same machine. Visit Schap Specialty Machine at Booth 257.


Number 10

 Foam recycling supply chain

Developing a Foam Recycling Supply Chain: Expanded Polystyrene, Expanded Polyethylene, Expanded Polypropylene and PET

On Day 3 hear PARC Corporation, DART, Amsty, Avangard Innovative, Armacell and PFA discuss how over 50% of US scrap plastic is currently being exported to China for processing. However, as Chinese import regulations are changing, the need to build a domestic recycling supply chain is becoming increasingly pressing. This session will provide an overview of the impact of the changing landscape and evaluate what is needed from the industry to support this change. Visit Track 2, Thursday March 8 from 10:00am onwards.



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