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Two additional FIRA Gold Certifications for Recticel
Recticel, one of the world’s largest flexible polyurethane foam manufacturers, have received a further two FIRA Gold Certifications. The Foamflex Comfort seat (30/110 and 30/080) and the Foamflex Reversible seat (33/110 and 30/080) achieved FIRA Gold after vigorous testing regimes to BS EN ISO 3385:2014 Flexible cellular polymeric materials. Determination of fatigue by constant-load pounding.
The new certifications follow FIRA Gold attained for Recticel’s Foamflex Cushion Foam and Foamflex Cushion Slim in January 2016 and for Aurora Seating in October 2016.
Gold is FIRA International’s Certification mark, which is open to furniture products or installation services. Any product within the furniture industry can work towards FIRA Gold Certification, including final products or components such as Recticel’s foam.
To achieve FIRA Gold, the product (or installation service) is assessed against specified performance levels through rigorous tests. As part of this testing by FIRA International the Foamflex Reversible and Comfort seat cushions were subject to a constant load pounding test over 80,000 cycles of 750 newtons. Post-test the foams were was measured for any loss of hardness and thickness against the original sample. The results demonstrated that the foams were classified as ‘severe’ rating; making the foam range suitable for all domestic use, for private and commercial vehicle seats and for cinema arm rests.
In addition, the Foamflex Reversible and Comfort Foams also passed Schedule 1 Part 1 testing under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended).
Recticel also underwent a factory audit conducted by FIRA International to ensure all processes and procedures involved with the manufacture of Foamflex Cushion Foams were compliant. Following this the auditor commented that Recticel had a good quality assurance system in operation across the manufacturing site, which supported every stage of their production process.
Over 51 companies hold FIRA Gold Product Certification spanning the bathroom, kitchen, upholstery, component, worktop and office sectors. With FIRA Gold Installation holders covering the domestic and office markets.
For further information on FIRA Gold visit www.fira.co.uk/gold