Greg Flynn is to become sales director for UK block foam at Vitafoam when Graham Wilson retires at the end of next week.

Service Timber, whose timber is used to make divan bed bases, posted a seventh rise in sales in eight years in 2016–17, with growth escalating compared to the previous year.


Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight has revealed the creative for its return to television advertising after a near decade-long absence.

Steinhoff-owned Conforama has agreed to buy luxury beds retailer Mon Lit et Moi from its private shareholders in a move that accelerates its move into the premium bedding market in France.

Foam supplier Recticel says it has resumed production at all five of its European factories affected by deliveries of an out-of-spec chemical component that prompted a health scare last week.

The group behind the North Wales direct-to-the-consumer Adjustamatic Beds business returned to profit in 2016 as it achieved higher sales and cut costs.

Shipments of mattress arriving at British ports ramped up in August, growing faster than in any other month so far this year.

West Yorkshire mattress maker Highgrove Beds made more than 15 percent at the pretax line as sales and profits snowballed in the year to end December 2016.

Swedish luxury bed maker Hästens booked a wider deficit at its UK operation last year as narrower margins offset the impact of higher sales.

Chemicals giant BASF says foam produced with out-of-spec TDI poses no health threat to consumers, allaying industry fears of an expensive product recall.

Underlying earnings improved at Airsprung Group in 2016–17 but an actuarial loss on its pension scheme and the disposal of what was Collins and Hayes proved a drag on its net result.

Bedding components company Latexco has named Max Acdarian as sales and marketing director at its new pocket spring business unit.

Trade association the National Bed Federation has appointed a full time technical manager in a move that strengthens its capability to support and monitor standards across UK bed making.


Factories across Europe have begun to react following safety fears regarding the foam supply chain. This includes a German mattress plant issuing a product recall.

CHEMICALS conglomerate BASF has provided further guidance after detecting a "significantly higher concentration of dichlorobenzene," in TDI, a key ingredient used to make flexible foam.

Mattress pioneer Tempur has served up another record year in the UK with sales climbing double-digit in the 12 months to end December.

Foam supplier Carpenter said rising costs, adverse exchange rate movements and raw material shortages affected the performance of its UK based subsidiary last year.

Owning Vispring continues to prove lucrative with the bed maker's rising profits helping its Spanish owner collect its biggest dividend yet.

Mattress company Simba Sleep has earned itself a rebuke from the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming it sells the 'Most Advanced Mattress Ever.'

Mansion House Bedding Group, the Suffolk bed base and mattress vertical, has expanded again as it followed up its factory outlay with further investment in 2016–17.

The finance director at luxury bedroom retailer And So To Bed has been additionally appointed FD at sister company Vispring, the high-end bed maker.

THE balance sheet value of Harrison Spinks' U.S joint venture with Hickory Springs has increased after the latter acquired Charles Wade's share in the business.

BEDDING conglomerate Tempur Sealy International has named Bhaskar Rao as its new chief financial officer, replacing current incumbent Barry Hytinen.

THE DETAIL of every single spring, treatment and fabric that goes into a British-made Sealy bed is to be published as part of a "full disclosure" policy, the bed maker said this week.

PROFITS fell at North West bedding supplier Trendsetter Home Furnishings in 2016–17 though the company said it continued to invest in production.

BEDS specialist Mattressman will move a step closer to national coverage with new stores planned across the North West and Yorkshire.

HYPNOS was last night awarded the Bed Manufacturer of the Year (over £10 mill.) title as judges recognised another year of UK and overseas growth. Duvalay won the same award, but for manufacturers with a turnover under £10 million.

BENSONS For Beds was named Bed Retailer of the Year at the Bed Show Gala Dinner in Telford last night. Prestige Beds was named winner in the sub-£5 million beds turnover category.

DIVERSIFIED bedding business John Cotton Group won Bed Component Supplier of the Year at last night's Bed Industry Awards in Telford.

BEDDING and soft furnishings supplier Comfy Quilts says demand has held up as organic growth and new products helped it make up for sales lost when BHS collapsed last year.

EAST Midlands mattress and foam products supplier Duflex posted top and bottom line growth as it continued to build out its business last year.

Mike Darren Crowshaw
FAMILY-owned mattress and foam group Breasley has named brothers Mike and Darren Crowshaw as joint managing directors of its Breasley Consumer Products division.

RETAILERS will be able to align themselves with the National Bed Federation with the trade association to launch a new scheme for stockists at the Bed Show next week.

GLOBAL bedding components supplier Latexco will today announce it has agreed a strategic partnership with Wolf Components, expanding its offer into springs.

MILLBROOK is to become the "Official bed of England and GB Hockey" as part of a partnership announced by the Hampshire bed maker.

BED maker Highgrove has appointed former Simmons and Silentnight sales executive Richard Shaw as area sales manager.

EVE Sleep lost £9.1 million before tax on revenue of £11.5 million in the six months to end June, but claimed gains in both gross and EBITDA margins.

POLISH and Chinese goods underpinned a 17 percent rise in total foam and sprung mattress imports at the start of the second half of 2017.

REVENUE climbed for a third consecutive year at bed maker Sweet Dreams in the year to end March. Statutory profits also rose.

DREAMS owner Sun Capital has ended the six-month long sale process after deciding it wanted to retain a stake in the national beds retailer.

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