look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

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

3 Ways Polyurethane Helps Enhance Your Life

Polyurethane is an incredible material that touches almost every industry and enhances our lives in many ways. Here are three important ways polyurethane can make your life better:           

  • Polyurethane can help keep you be comfortable
  • Rigid polyurethane panels used for insulation keep your home warm and comfortable. From the floors to the walls, to the ceilings, polyurethane creates a temperature-controlled environment for the interior of your home, no matter the season.

  • Polyurethane can help keep you stay active
  • A wide variety of athletic gear and apparel is constructed with polyurethane. Polyurethane fibers and coating technology provide support, durability and...

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    Category: Apparel, Electronics, Home Builders

    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 Celebrates National Golf Month

    The game of golf dates back to 15th-century Scotland, with even more ancient origins around the world debated among scholars. However, new advancements in club and ball technology mean the game is always evolving.

    Did you know some of the highest quality golf balls are coated with polyurethane for better durability and performance? Polyurethane coatings on the exterior surface of golf balls allow them to maintain their shape when you hit them, due to polyurethane’s protective and durable characteristics. The polyurethane coating also makes the ball water-resistant and enables it to better withstand potential abrasion from surfaces on the golf...

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    Category: Athletics

    Dow to Supply Polyurethane for Improved Bicycle Tires

    Dow Chemical (China) and Beijing Mobike Technology have agreed to develop a long-term partnership to develop lighter weight and eco-friendlier bicycles – all with the help of polyurethane!

    Mobike introduced its latest bike model at a celebration to mark its one-year anniversary. The new bicycle uses Dow’s polyurethane materials for insert tires. Dow says, compared with the traditional solid rubber tire, the insert helps reduce weight by 20 percent while improving shock absorption and durability – so your bike ride will feel a lot smoother!

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    Category: Athletics

    Reebok and BASF Innovate the Shoe Production Industry

    Global athletic footwear company Reebok and leading chemical company BASF have teamed up on Reebok’s latest innovation, the Liquid Factory, which could transform the footwear production process.

    The Liquid Factory uses modern software and robotics to draw shoes in three dimensions. This new technique utilizes 3D drawing, where a proprietary liquid material – created especially for Reebok by BASF – is used to draw shoe components cleanly and in 3D layers.

    Reebok approached BASF about a need to find a polyurethane (PU) system with unique properties that could not be found in the market. Instead, the liquid...

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    Category: Athletics

    Beating the Heat with Polyurethane

    As the summer days come and go and the summer months become hotter and hotter, keeping your house cool is very important. One major factor that can help you beat the heat is polyurethane foam insulation. Polyurethane insulation systems help effectively seal off a building from outside elements by creating protective air barriers in attics, walls, and under floors. This can be great for not only your wallet*, but overall energy efficiency, as buildings insulated with polyurethane foam often require smaller heating and air conditioning units, which could save additional money.  It can also help to block pollen,...

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    Category: Home Builders

    Happy National Ice Cream Day

    Did you know that before refrigerators became common kitchen equipment, ice cream was a treat reserved for the royals and was only eaten during special occasions? The development of refrigeration technology quickly made ice cream a commonly enjoyed dessert around the world.

    Refrigerator manufacturers utilize rigid polyurethane foam in refrigerator and freezer thermal insulation systems to help keep food cold and fresh. Polyurethane’s versatility allows it to mold tightly into any space, and its extremely durable properties help keep air from escaping throughout those hot summer days.

     Don’t miss indulging in some deliciously cold ice cream today – and...

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    Category: Appliances

    Topaz-DOTS and INSQIN® transform the next generation PUMA football boot

    Trans-Textil and Covestro have teamed up with PUMA to launch the latest innovation in football footwear, the evoPOWER Vigor 1, which sets new standards in design, precision and comfort.

    All this has been achieved with PUMA’s Accufoam technology, consisting of three-dimensional, diamond-shaped dots called Topaz-DOTS, applied on both sides of a spandex™ upper material. Topaz-DOTS, the coating technology from Trans-Textil, is based on INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane technology from Covestro and it gives the shoe its unique design and playing features. 

    The Accufoam technology provides exceptional comfort and outstanding precision when kicking the ball powerfully. It also contributes to...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    Polyurethane Goes Camping

    Camping is a great way to get acquainted with the great outdoors and spend quality time with loved ones. Having the right camp gear can help ensure your experience goes smoothly.

    Camping tents coated with polyurethane are devised to be strong and water- and abrasion-resistant all while being lightweight. These incredible qualities can be very attractive to camping aficionados who are looking for a material that will withstand many of nature’s elements.

    Having a comfortable sleeping bag or sleeping pad for the hard ground is also essential to your trip. Polyurethane foam is found in many sleeping bags and pads...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics, Environment