As a European leader in latex foam products, Artilat contributes to your health and sleep. A close collaboration with the bedding industry, possible through a partnership with the Love Home Fabrics group, allows us to create products tailored to any bedroom.
Latex is a top-notch material in the land of the sleepers: it answers the prayers of people waking up in pain or those looking for an eco-friendly sleeping solution. The cushioning-and-supporting system of latex foam aligns your spine into its natural position – no matter if you’re a back, belly or side sleeper. Artilat’s products do not contain dangerous chemicals and is proud to carry the following certificates: Oeko-Tex class 1, FSC, LGA and Eurolatex (natural latex).
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An Artilat latex mattress is an investment in your health, happiness and wellbeing. We spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so the quality of your mattress is utmost important. Artilat is a world-class player in the sleeping industry and provides high-end latex products.
The benefits of latex mattresses, toppers and pillows are unrivalled in comparison to their regular counterparts. Superior comfort, sustainability and durability are the key words that define Artilat. Invest in your sleep, invest in Artilat sleeping products.
How latex is made
The creation of latex foam is almost as magical as the products that we end up with. Latex foam is basically a vulcanized rubber with an open cell structure. Artilat uses the Dunlop production process, which goes as follows:
STEP 1 | The creation of the basic compound. This compound is made of:
- SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) and natural latex in varying proportions, or 100% natural latex
- chemical additives for the vulcanization process, such as accelerators, stabilizers and antioxidants
STEP 2 | The basic compound is pumped into a blender which mixes the different ingredients. During the same time, the compound is whipped into a foam by adding compressed air.
STEP 3 | Once the foam is finished, it gets shaken up one more time in a blender where a gelling additive is added.
STEP 4 | The foamy substance is poured, by means of a robotic hose, into aluminium moulds while they move on rails through a closed loop production line.
STEP 5 | The filled moulds pass through a vulcanization oven and are exposed to wet steam.
STEP 6 | After de-moulding, the mattress cores are washed and dried.
Step 7 | Quality control, the last but certainly not least important step. Although the vulcanization has not yet been completed, the quality of the mattress core is being inspected thoroughly. It takes a few more days before the finished product reaches its final specifications.
An important alternative in the Dunlop process is the continuous production system in which the latex foam is poured onto a conveyor belt instead of into moulds. After passing the various stages of vulcanisation, washing and drying, the resulting foam layer is trimmed into rolls or cut into sheets with a maximum height of 5 cm.
There are two different production processes when it comes to the production of latex foam. Artilat uses the Dunlop process, our sister company Talalay Global uses the Talalay process. The major difference is what happens in the mould prior to the vulcanisation stage. In the Dunlop process, the moulds are filled to the rim, whereas in the Talalay process pre foamed compound is poured into the mould. Air is extracted to perfectly distribute the foamed liquid inside the mould to create a consistent round, open cell structure. The mattress core is then flash frozen to lock the cell structure in place and to prevent the particles from settling.