Dunlopillo

Dunlopillo

Dunlopillo

 

Dunlopillo latex was invented by a Dunlop scientist, Mr EA Murphy in January 1929. Murphy was one of a group of research scientists working for Dunlop at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham. Murphy had been trying for some time to discover a method of creating latex foam but could not achieve the right consistency as the bubbles would not stay.

Fortunately his wife suggested a cake mixer which worked to allow the product to be created. Murphy went on to commission a larger version of his wife's mixer for use in the manufacturing , fine tuning the process and the first mattress went on sale in the UK in 1931. By 1939 over 30,000 mattresses had been purchased by the public. After the war the sale of Dunlopillo latex foam mattresses and pillows increased significantly, not only to retailers but to most contract markets. Dunlopillo latex was even specified for use in all upholstery for the re-built Houses of Parliament.

 
 

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