look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

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

Celebrate 4th of July with Polyurethane

This 4th of July marks the 241st birthday of the United States! Invite your friends and family over for a cookout and enjoy refreshing drinks, entrées hot off the grill, tasty sides and festive desserts.

Don’t forget to invite polyurethane to the party! Wood or metal outdoor furniture may benefit from protective top-coat finishes to help prevent damaging effects from moisture or ultraviolet light on warm summer days. Polyurethane can be brushed or sprayed on decks and furniture to provide great aesthetic appeal and long-lasting protection. You may also find polyurethane in the seat cushions of your patio furniture for...

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Category: Furniture

6 Summer Essentials You Can Thank Polyurethane For

  • Floats
  • Buoyancy is crucial to a good summer pool party. Whether it’s a classic tube or a giant swan, your float is likely made with polyurethane. Polyurethane chemistry is great for these materials because it’s lightweight and flexible enough to form almost any shape, but strong enough so you don’t take a dip before you’re ready for it!

  • Surf and Skim Boards
  • Back in the day, before making them with lightweight polyurethane foam cores, boards were manufactured with heavy plywood and could weigh up to 10 lbs.

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Polyurethane coatings help protect your favorite...

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    Category: Appliances, Athletics, Furniture