look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Happy National Trail Day

National Trails Day occurs on the first Saturday in June and celebrates America’s extensive trail system by encouraging people to discover their local trails. Whether you’re running, biking or hiking, trails can sometimes lead you to difficult terrains. Luckily, with the right gear, you’ll be better able to navigate through it. And chances are the gear’s  made with polyurethane!

Polyurethane can be found in the midsole of hiking boots and other athletic footwear because it provides cushioning, shock absorption and lightweight durability. It also can be found in most modern hiking outsoles to add stability when walking on various...

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Category: Athletics

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Prepare for this Year’s Memorial Day with Polyurethane

Summer is just around the corner! From helping your home stay nice and cool, to outdoor gear and fun in the sun, polyurethane is here to make your summer even more incredible.

The rigid polyurethane panels used for insulation in your home help to keep you nice and comfortable. And these polyurethane panels can drastically reduce energy usage and conserve natural resources.

Don’t forget about the summer block parties! Polyurethane is used in the coolers we use to keep our drinks and food cold while we’re out on the go in the summer months.

So whether you’re keeping...

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Category: Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

VMI’s Incredible New Hydraulic Indoor Track

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is now home to one of the nation’s most elite indoor athletic facilities. The star of the show is newly-installed hydraulically banked track system. And polyurethane technology is making it all possible.

Beynon Sports, a leading innovator in the polyurethane industry, developed the Rise-N-Run Hydraulic system which incorporates polyurethane materials to create a strong yet flexible surface that athletes can actually raise and lower to specific angles. This adjustment helps to counteract a runner’s centrifugal force while circling around the track, and results in faster racing times.  

This is an exciting new feature is...

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Category: Athletics

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Happy International Museum Day

There is no better way to celebrate Museum Day than to take a trip to a nearby museum.

Did you know polyurethane is also a supporter of the arts? Literally. Many museums utilize polyurethane in mounting textiles. Polyurethane is commonly used to protect textiles from potential damage caused by a frame’s wood acids.

Next time you’re strolling in your favorite museum, remember that the unique physical properties of polyurethane make it a “go to” material for builders, designers, engineers, architects and artists who need museums and works of art to last for long periods of time.

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Category: Poly as Art

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Polyurethane Helps Clean our Waters

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have invented a sponge adapted from common polyurethane foam that reportedly absorbs up to 90 times its weight in oil! This invention promises to help make offshore oil clean ups a lot faster and easier.

The Oleo Sponge may be a game changer in the absorbent technology industry. They say it can be rung out and reused, and can also absorb oil regardless of whether it is on or below the water surface. Scientists even believe that the oil collected from the sponge can be used again. The Olio Sponge inventors anticipate the innovation...

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Category: Environment

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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

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo, everyone! Today, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. A great way to celebrate the rich Mexican culture with friends and family is by hosting a party and taking advantage of polyurethane to make your celebrations even more festive.

Polyurethane can be found in a lot of party decorations since it is an incredibly durable and versatile material. Your guests will be able to enjoy all those colorful maracas and sombreros throughout the evening. Plus, durable protective coatings mean you can use the same decorations for future parties. 

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Category: Appliances, Innovation Bonds

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to get out and ride with your family, co-workers and friends.

Polyurethane technologies have enhanced the biking experience for riders. We all know how uncomfortable bike seats can be; however, many bike manufacturers take advantage of polyurethane foam in their bike seats to help ensure your ride is smoother and more comfortable.

Another polyurethane technology that has revolutionized the biking industry is the invention of breathable fabrics.  Scientists discovered that polyurethanes could be combined with nylon to create an array of lightweight, stain resistant and elastic garments.  Polyurethane fibers are...

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Category: Athletics

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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 Helps Build the Future of Architecture at the AIA Conference

    There’s a lot of excitement building up in Orlando over the next 3 days. Why? The annual American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Conference of Architecture begins today! Thomas Vonier, the AIA president, calls it “a collection of talented and visionary individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in all communities.”

    This year’s exhibitions and speakers will focus on building a better tomorrow, and overcoming challenges that will lead to better living across the world. Architects are always looking for new solutions – and when polyurethane chemistry was created in 1952, they found...

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    Category: Architecture