look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


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

    Namaste Balanced with Polyurethane

    Today we celebrate the popular practice of yoga. Whether you’re forming into a downward dog, twisting into tree pose or simply catching your breath, polyurethane probably plays an important role.

    Many yoga mats are equipped with a strong, flexible polyurethane coating. It is super lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh you down on the way to the studio, and it can help wick away moisture so you’re less likely to slip once you’re there.

    So enjoy National Yoga Day on your lightweight mat and in the comfort of your yoga clothes – which, by the way, are also probably made...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    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:

    If...

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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