look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane Helps Make Minivans More Comfortable and Fuel Efficient

As today’s auto manufacturers strive to make vehicles more fuel-efficient and comfortable for drivers and passengers, they turn to polyurethane for help. In one recent example, a car company took advantage of two unique Dow Automotive products as it created its 2018 minivan model.

The first product, a structural adhesive, provides both stiffness and weight reduction to the minivan’s front end, which helps improve both ride comfort and vehicle performance. The second, polyurethane foam, is applied in vehicle cavities to reduce noise and vibrations, helping to deliver outstanding acoustic performance to the vehicle’s interior.

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Category: Automotive

Keeping Engine Noise Under the Hood

Dow Automotive Systems has announced a new polyurethane system for hoodliners that can be customized to meet performance requirements while balancing weight and manufacturing needs. In addition to offering sound absorption and damping qualities, it is fast-curing for increased productivity and flexible enough to deliver large, complex shapes.

“Our hoodliners enable customers to address global requirements for road traffic noise reduction,“ said Dr. Esther Quintanilla, EMEA Marketing Manager for Dow Automotive Systems. “What that means is this: our lightweight polyurethane foam allows for a quieter ride while helping to reduce vehicle weight.”

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Category: Automotive

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DOW Chemical Helps Keep the “Cold Chain” Cold

Dow Chemical Co. introduced a new adhesive material called Monstergrip.  It can bond fiberglass panels to prepared spray foam insulation inside refrigerated trucks and trailers. Refrigerated trucks transport fresh and frozen food safely and efficiently as a key part of the “cold chain.”

Polyurethane keeps the cold in the cold food!

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Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

Flying High with Polyurethane

Today we celebrate the scientific achievement of flight– it’s Aviation Day!

Even if you’re afraid to fly, you can surely recognize the enormous impact aviation has had on both industry and our personal lives. Partly thanks to polyurethane, airplanes and other aircraft have come a long way since the Wright Brothers!

When you’re on your next flight (hopefully to a tropical vacation), look around. You’re likely to be surrounded by polyurethane products. Flexible polyurethane foam is used in airline seats to help passengers stay comfortable on long flights. Many interior surfaces – cabin walls, ceilings, overhead compartments, lavatories –...

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Category: Automotive

BASF’s Thermoplastic Polyurethane Makes Low Impact, No Impact

The new PSA Peugeot Citroën C4 Cactus is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that provides a buffer to the vehicle’s sensitive surface zones.

Large air-filled cushion bumpers, called Airbumps®, are fitted around the car to help absorb bumps. These Airbumps® include Elastollan®, a high-performance material created and optimized by BASF. Elastollan® combines the traditional properties of TPU but with enhanced durability and performance. This additional layer offers abrasion resistance, elasticity, and UV- and weather-resistant capabilities to the vehicle’s surface – all thanks to the incredible properties of polyurethane!

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Category: Automotive

Polyurethane For Dads

All dads are different, but there are some products made with polyurethane that any father could enjoy on his holiday.

The Father in the Fast Lane:

Does your dad enjoy driving on the open road and love everything about cars? Will he know that polyurethane is behind a lot of the comfort and cool factors of his car? Cushioned seats, protected coatings, and many car parts are made with polyurethane components that make vehicles look better and last longer. Plus, polyurethane is light-weight  which helps Dad’s car be more fuel efficient.  All dads love that.

The DIY Dad:

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Category: Automotive, Electronics, Furniture

Hit the road with Polyurethane

No summer is complete without a memorable road trip. Not only are road trips  easier on your budget, but they also don’t require so much advance planning. All you have to do is pack up the car, crank up the radio and you’re on your way.

Did you know polyurethane is part of every road trip? Without it, your ride would probably be a lot less comfortable. Polyurethane foam in the seats and throughout the car interior contributes to  a quiet, climate-controlled environment.

Polyurethane can also be found on the exterior of your car. Polyurethane coatings help in maintaining...

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Category: Automotive

Henkel, Benteler Making Composite Leaf Springs for Volvo

Henkel AG and automotive composite’s firm Benteler SGL are supplying polyurethane composite leaf springs to the automotive industry.

Polyurethane’s incredibly lightweight which makes it a great material for this technological advancement. The polyurethane matrix system is said to be 4.5 kilograms lighter than the steel coil springs that were previously used in the cars. Additionally, the firm says the new leaf spring provides a smoother ride with decreased noise and vibrations.

Yet another example of incredible polyurethane helping to improve technologies that enhance people’s lives!

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Category: Automotive

Fun Facts About Polyurethane

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are five fun facts about polyurethane.

  • Polyurethane is a tremendously versatile material, capable of enormous variations in chemistry, structure and application. This is why creative minds gravitate towards it when exploring/investigating design solutions.
  • More than simply a standalone compound, polyurethane is often utilized to help other materials perform. In other words, polyurethane is a team player!
  • Advancements in polyurethane blends brought us spandex fibers.
  • Clear polyurethane topcoats enhance and help protect the bright, richly colored basecoats on many top-of-the-line automobiles.
  • Polyurethane products have ushered in a whole new era when it comes...

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    Category: Automotive, Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

  • Polyurethane Innovates at the New York Auto Show

    We’re getting in gear for car makers and car lovers’ event of the year: The New York International Auto Show! The automotive industry is an excellent example of the endless possibilities of innovation, design and engineering. We love to watch those shiny cars speed off in style, but have you ever thought of the chemistry behind these cars?

    Polyurethane has proven its value as a material for car manufacturers – from your show-stopping speedster to your everyday ride. It’s durable, lightweight properties help materials like clear coatings provide a long-lasting, pristine top coat and bond together a vehicle’s many different...

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    Category: Automotive