National Ride the Wind Day is August 23rd and commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight that occurred back in 1977. What would human flight be without the use of polyurethane? Polyurethane is found in various wind riders including hot air balloons. The balloon, or “envelope,” is crafted of woven fabric, typically nylon, and coated in polyurethane. The polyurethane coating is combined with silicone to protect the fabric from sun damage. Shout out to durable polyurethane for helping the adventure seekers ride on!Innovation Bonds
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From August 20-23, Tupelo Furniture Market located in Tupelo, Mississippi, will host its fall furniture exhibition. With more than 2 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, hundreds of furniture and mattress manufactures, importers, and suppliers will make the trip to Tupelo to showcase their stylish and comfortable products.
Polyurethane is found in a number of top coats for wooden furniture. Polyurethane foam can be found in furniture cushions, mattresses and pillows for its breathable, impression resistant qualities. From coffee tables to upholstery and mattresses, versatile polyurethane will be present in Tupelo around every corner.Furniture
We have all been there: walking around a scorching amusement park all day in the sun and all we would like to do is beat the heat and go on that big rapid water ride that’s guaranteed to get us and our friends soaked!
Did you know that as you splash back and forth, polyurethane is there helping your ride not only be more fun, but also more comfortable? Polyurethane seats are used in some waterpark rides as they help reduce the maintenance of the equipment associated with maintenance and provide cushion for the riders.
So when you’re approaching...Automotive, Innovation Bonds
Gordon “Grubby” Clark was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame after a long career in developing polyurethane foam molds for surfboards. Clark began working for Hobie Surfboards after spending two years in the Army, where he worked as a laminator to help pay off the rest of his college education. He began to look for a replacement material for balsa wood, which was more expensive and difficult to find. In the mid-1950’s, Clark began to develop polyurethane foam molds.
He created his company, Clark Foam, in 1961 and rose to be the world leader in polyurethane foam blank...Athletics
August 10th is National S’mores Day! When you are sitting around the campfire with your family, don’t forget about polyurethane! Polyurethane coatings, found in camping tents, are devised to be strong, 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 Earth’s elements. From hiking, to finding the perfect campfire wood, to bracing any unpredictable weather, polyurethane can help campers prepare for their next wilderness adventure.Innovation Bonds
Slumber parties. The highlight of kid’s summer nights — where it seems they do just about everything but actually sleep! As parents drop off their children with sleeping bags and pillows in hand, polyurethane is there to make sure those midnight lights-out moments are comfortable and supportive.
Polyurethane foam is used in many of today’s mattresses and pillows. It’s the hidden gem that makes them supportive, comfortable, and long-lasting. Polyurethane foam is a breathable material; keeping kids cool and relaxed. Polyurethane foam is also found in many sleeping bags. Thanks to incredible polyurethane, catching zzz’s can now be...Furniture
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Bayer MaterialScience has brought a new array of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane dispersions to apparel and footwear lines under the IMPRANIL® eco name. Thanks to the production of this technology by Bayer, it is now possible for manufactures to produce sustainable, coated apparel such as synthetic leather, with minimal fossil-based raw materials. Ultimately, Bayer notes that these bio-based polyurethane dispersions will contain up to 65 percent of renewable elements contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
IMPRANIL® eco has given synthetic materials a face lift, attracting more consumers to the brands that have adopted a more sustainable material. ...Apparel
Polyurethane surfboard innovator Dave Sweet passed away in May in Los Angeles, California at the age of 86. Sweet is recognized and remembered in the surfing community for his development and production of surfboards with a polyurethane foam core.
According to Surfer Magazine, after coming in contact with polyurethane foam in 1952, Sweet began the development process of a surfboard with a foam core. After many trials he successfully achieved his goal. Sweet crafted a surfboard with a polyurethane foam core weighing in at approximately 25 pounds, remarkably lighter than the wooden surfboards he grew up riding. Surfboards...Innovation Bonds
Summer is rolling through and getting into shape is back in full force. But have no fear, polyurethane is here to help you run the extra mile!
Not only is polyurethane found in exercise apparel and footwear but it’s found in different exercise equipment – equipment that can help get your body ready for summer vacation. For example, exercise mats made with a thin layer of polyurethane foam are great for protecting your knees and back when doing floor exercises.
Exercising is always better when you have a partner to work out with. Tossing medicine balls to a partner...Apparel, Athletics
To all the gamers out there, behold: a fully functioning Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) coffee table controller. Like other coffee tables, it is coated with a polyurethane anti-scratch coating, which makes the table not only incredible, but durable as well!
Polyurethane may not be able to help you beat level 10; however, it can help you be more comfortable while doing it. Like many various pieces of furniture, polyurethane foam can be found in different video game chairs providing you much cushion and comfort that should last for years. So whether you’re throwing bananas at your opponents or...Furniture