The Original Latex Foam


In January 1929, Mr E.A. Murphy, of the Dunlop Rubber Company III Birmingham, invented Latex Foam. It was the culmination of many years’ research and an invention that was to make the world a much more comfortable place.

The search for a technique to create foam rubber from liquid latex had preoccupied rubber technologists since the start of the century and it is doubtful whether those working on the project fully appreciated the significance of what they had achieved.

Today, latex foam is regarded as the supreme cushioning material and is widely used in bedding and furniture markets around the world.

One particular type of latex foam however, has established itself over and above all others – that material is Dunlopillo Talalay Latex.


Pincore Latex, produced by the Talalay system, is characterized by the large number of pencil-shaped holes formed by the pins in the lid and base of the mold. Combined with the uniform, open cell structure of the latex foam, these pin-holes provide an excellent ventilation system that allows the product to breathe.

Notably, Talalay Latex pillows and mattresses have, for many years, proved beneficial to people allergic to more traditional fillings.

Dunlopillo International Talalay Latex is also highly versatile III that Its symmetrical structure allows it to be cut into intricate shapes without losing any of its natural resilience.

This makes it ideal for hand-building and splitting into sheets, although Dunlopillo International can supply sizes up to 150cms wide and 15cms deep in a single piece. Dunlopillo Talalay Latex is available in a variety of hardnesses, from SQ through to extra firm, catering for all sorts of applications.

No CFC’s are used during the manufacturing process, making it kinder to the environment. Resistant to bacteria, durable, resilient, well-ventilated and extremely comfortable, Talalay Latex is considered the luxury interior for furniture and mattresses.

Remember, all Dunlopillo International latex foams are thoroughly washed during manufacture in order to produce the best physical properties and avoid the risk of latex allergies.


A mix compound containing a blend of natural and synthetic latex is prepared. Soaps, sulfur and other ingredients are added and air is injected into the mix. The desired quantity of wet foam is then metered out into special aluminum molds with a large number of thin vertical pills which are necessary for efficient heat transfer throughout the product. After the mold has been partially filled with liquid foam it is closed, and sealed. It is then cooled and a vacuum applied which causes the foam to expand and fill the mold.The foam is then frozen by cooling the mold to -30°C, and carbon dioxide gas is passed through, which causes the foam to gel. It is this freezing/gelling operation which gives Talalay foam its superior structure compared with foams made by other processes. Once gelling is complete the mold is quickly heated to 110-112°C and vulcanization induced. After de-molding all products are thoroughly washed to remove soaps and other residual ingredients which have served their purpose and are undesirable in the final product. Finally, the products pass through a highly efficient forced-air dryer. This ensures that not only are the products completely dried, but that the exacting quality specifications. physical properties of the foam also meet exacting quality specifications.


Dunlopillo International is constantly researching new processes, materials and standards in its laboratories at Pannal. We are keenly aware of the ever changing marketplace and the need to investigate further uses for Talalay Latex through continuous product development and close liaison with our customers.


Investment in the latest profile cutting equipment has enabled Dunlopillo International to offer its customers a comprehensive range of contoured cushions, pillows and block.

This means that we can now virtually tailor-make a product to each customer’s requirements. Adhering to the strict flammability regulations of the furniture market III the UK, Dunlopillo International now leads the world in the production of fire retardant latex foam pillows, mattresses and block.

At Dunlopillo International we have developed the bagging of latex cores and sheets into polythene bags, which are then compressed into roll packs in order to compress the volume by around 50% – increasing the efficiency of shipping.


Dunlopillo International’s busy export department is committed to offering the customer a complete service, from order inquiries and price quotations through to an efficient all-inclusive delivery of the products, handling all necessary paperwork.

Our multilingual team regularly deals with customers in more than seventy countries worldwide, ensuring that each order is closely monitored to meet the required specifications and lead time.

The Natural Benefits of Latex

Naturally Hypo-Allergenic:
Reduces allergy triggers such as dust mites, mold, fungus and mildew. Results in a healthier nights’ sleep. Better health, better sleep.

Made With Pure Latex:
Never any fillers or additives – results in superior cell structure and uniform density.

No Motion Disturbance:
Latex Mattresses provide each sleeper with total support and an individualized sleeping surface making it highly unlikely that you will be disturbed by your partners’ movements.

Latex Breathes:
Creating a natural insulating sleeping surface. Latex Mattresses tend to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Sleep on a Latex Mattress for just one night, and you’ll wonder how you ever slept without one.No more aching back, aches and pains or stiff neck caused by insufficient support or inadequate pressure relief. Latex is the finest conforming and longest lasting upholstery material ever incorporated into a mattress. It provides superior support and pressure relief.

Tapped from rubber trees at plantations in South-East Asia, is a milky-white liquid which is the key ingredient in producing pure Latex. Liquid Latex is poured into specially developed aluminum molds which form the Latex Core. At the end of the production. process all Latex Foam Cores are tested for quality and measured for exact hardness then given a specific rating to ensure a top quality product.

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A Little Bit About Foam

Foam can be hard to find in the Portland Metro Area, but thanks to Foam Portland you can be sure that you will get the best foam at the best price possible. When purchasing foam you need to make sure you get the right kind, depending on your needs, whether your foam is for a couch, chair, or any other furniture upholstery project. Foam has different densities, so you might want to get a very soft foam for a couch, and a higher density foam for a chair.

How can you get your Foam?

Please contact us for all your foam needs in the Portland Metro Area, we will be delighted to show you and explain to you the different types of foam we carry and offer. If you need an immediate quote please call us at (503) 235-0614 or visit us at 615 SE Clay St, Portland, OR 97214 so we can show you around and show you our foam and all other upholstery supplies we carry at our warehouse.

Do you need more information on foam?

For more information on foam please go to our page where we explain in detail what foams are best for you and which are suitable for your commercial upholstery project or residential upholstery project.

The Manufacturing of Foams

If you are looking for upholstery and foam in Portland, Oregon, In-Ex upholstery is the right place. We have a multitude of Latex Foam and Polyurethane foam, both at good prices. In-Ex Upholstery in addition sells retail as well as wholesale, so in the event you only need a sheet we are able to also provide that to you personally, but if you need more than in which, we also offer wholesale foam. Our foam is manufactured with the highest quality material, so you could be sure that whether you are just looking for a small piece of foam or possibly a much larger amount of upholstery foam, you are getting the highest quality in town.

If you want to know what latex foam are, please read on below so you will get a better knowledge of what they are widely-used for.

What can be Latex Upholstery foam?

Latex can be a milky white liquid consisting of rubber particles dispersed in water. This material can be whipped with air to make a foam, and that is heated to generate foam rubber, as well as latex. The gentle, supple products of an real foam rubber are what help to make our products outstanding Latex is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial as well as dust-mite resistant. As it breathes to get rid of body moisture, it keeps you warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Latex is not a plastic space-age foam, like polyurethane as well as furniture foam. This can be a denser product created from rubber to last a lifetime. Unlike urethane, latex will feel as good a year from now since it does in the particular showroom today.

Please call In-Ex Upholstery regarding upholstery foam pricing or for any other questions you may have.

Best Prices in Town

We are a northwest upholstery foam supplier in Portland, We have been servicing the west coast upholstery needs since 1986. We would like to welcome anyone in the upholstery trade to give us the opportunity to provide you with the supplies that you need for all your upholstery projects. Our prices are competitive. Please stop by, call or email us for any enquiries.

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Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane Foam is an open cell type of foam based on petroleum byproducts and typically used for mattresses, bedding, cushions, and furniture upholstery. It is flexible and comes in a variety of densities and firmness. More rigid types are used for roofing insulation and automobile interiors.

Polyurethane Foam is made in blocks and then cut to size and shape. It has light weight, resilient, and insulation qualities.

Polyurethane Foam

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Contact In-Ex in Portland, OR at 503-235-0614. We specialize in foam cut to size. We carry many different shapes and sizes at very competitive prices. Please feel free to give us a call for a quick FREE estimate for any of your foam needs.