Polyurethane Foam Association Introduces New Federated Membership
Created for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Manufacturers in the Americas
New membership category will provide access to industry news and advocacy issues and
unify the flexible polyurethane foam industry in the Americas
(Loudon, TN, March 29, 2013) — The members of the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) have just established a federated membership category for flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) manufacturers with production facilities exclusively outside the United States.
“The new, federated membership category reflects a natural evolution for PFA in recognition of FPF manufacturing as an international industry with shared issues,” said Joe Progar, PFA president and EVP, Advanced Urethanes Technology, noting that PFA is primarily targeting manufacturers in the Americas. “In this era of fast, global communications, news of events and regulatory activities are not limited to boundaries of any particular country.”
To qualify for federated membership, FPF manufacturers must provide a written application that includes an agreement to abide by U.S. antitrust laws, and they agree to report monthly FPF production volume on a confidential basis to an independent, certified accounting firm for use in preparing blended regional production trend information.
PFA has earned a reputation as a strong and insightful advocacy group on behalf of the FPF industry and provides educational technical bulletins, white papers, and position papers for their members. PFA hosts an expansive website, with access to more than 300 technical papers and extensive educational materials. The association provides industry networking opportunities with two general business meetings and technical programs each year. PFA staff is comprised of industry veterans with deep knowledge of the issues and challenges that confront foam manufacturers in the Americas.
To support the introduction of new federated members to PFA, the association is offering a special membership rate, effective now through December 2013. Accepted federated members also will be able to register for 2013 PFA meetings at the member rate of $350 per person, which represents an immediate savings of $850 per person for each meeting.
PFA’s spring meeting will be held May 22 & 23 at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will include a general business meeting and technical program, as well as the 2013 inductions to the Flexible Polyurethane Foam Hall of Fame. To register, visit the PFA website at http://www.pfa.org/pfameet.html.
Along with meeting discounts, federated members will receive all PFA communications and monthly production trend reports from the U.S. and other participating federations. Regional meetings also may be planned as the number of federated members in a particular region grows.
According to PFA Executive Director Bob Luedeka: “The addition of a federated membership will help ensure that foam manufacturers throughout the Americas will remain informed of industry issues and actions, and have the ability to speak with one voice.”
To receive PFA membership information, prospective members should contact Luedeka at email@example.com. The PFA website is www.pfa.org.