look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

A Tribute to the Inventor of Polyurethane

In celebration of National Inventor’s Day, we recognize Professor Otto Bayer, the “father” of the polyurethane industry. Born in 1902, Dr. Bayer was a German industrial chemist at IG Farbed. In 1952, his research group discovered the magic that happens when an isocyanate and a polyol are mixed – flexible, durable and incredible polyurethane is formed!

Over the decades polyurethane transformed different industries and today you can find polyurethane in many applications! All because of the innovation from one chemist. Thank you, Dr. Bayer, for incredible polyurethane that helps keep our seats comfortable, our walls insulated and our...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Gearing Up for Fashion Week with Polyurethane

Throughout the year, the fashion industry comes together in the fashion capitals of the world to celebrate artistic creativity. Fashion’s most creative minds and talented craftsmen present their new collections in a series of runway shows and presentations, which then set the upcoming trends of the season.

In recent years, designers have experimented with different materials that are not only fashion forward, but also durable, long-lasting and comfortable – making polyurethane the go-to choice.

Polyurethane can be used in a range of clothing, from shoes to faux-leather jackets. Since versatile polyurethane can be fashioned into fine threads, the material has...

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Category: Apparel

Polyurethane Joins the Big Game

Are you pumped for the Big Game this Sunday? Get ready to gather around the TV with friends and family as you cheer on your favorite team in the biggest football game of the year!

Did you know that polyurethane will make several appearances during this big event? Polyurethane is used in athletic footwear, specifically in the soles, to create long-lasting shoes that are comfortable enough for any athletic feat — or feet! The polyurethane in the players’ cleats is essential to help the players play their best game. Polyurethane is also found inside helmets, adding an important...

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Category: Athletics

Happy Homemade Soup Day!

Other than being comforting and tasty, soup is great at keeping you warm through the winter season – especially when you’re trying to recover from a pesky cold or flu!

Ever wonder how to keep your bowl of soup piping hot? Here’s a little secret: pay attention to the container. Due to exceptional thermal insulation properties, polyurethane is often used to insulate lunch bags and containers to help keep food at desired temperatures.

Furthermore, the most common use of polyurethanes in major appliances is the rigid foam used in the thermal insulation systems of refrigerators and freezers. These appliances...

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Category: Appliances

National Bubble Wrap Day

Moving to a new place can be a frustrating task – partly because of packing. On the bright side, you may end up with a large inventory of bubble wrap to pop and relieve all that stress!

Did you know that polyurethane foam also makes great packing material? Due to its durable and flexible capabilities, polyurethane can be molded into various shapes and sizes – which makes it well suited for packing and protecting all those oddly-shaped objects you have laying around.

Polyurethane-based adhesives and sealants are also important as they help provide new solutions for assembly, joining...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Sunrise over the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor's, Oahu, Hawaii.

Accella Polyurethane Surface

Accella Performance Materials helped develop a unique architectural design of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.

Accella provided specialty materials, including polyurethane materials and rubber flooring, for a full-scale deck outline of the iconic U.S. battleship that was sunk at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The full-scale deck, measuring 97-foot-wide and 597-foot-long, utilizes Accella materials traditionally used for outdoor athletic surfaces, similar to sport tracks. The 6-inch rubberized curb of the ship’s deck incorporated durable polyurethane and custom red granules to match the accompanying brick wall garden.


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Category: Architecture

Love sign, Selective focus close up blue sport shoes on gray floor.

An Incredible Athletic Innovation

Global chemical company, Huntsman, announced the launch of smartLite® PF 1560 TPU, a super lightweight, high energy return, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that helps provide comfort and performance for sports footwear.

SmartLite ® PF 1560 TPU is well suited for athletic shoes due to its durability and resiliency. It’s incredibly strong, yet also flexible and able to spring back to its original shape after being stretched or compressed. These characteristics are especially important in running shoes.

For athletes, smartLite® PF 1560 TPU provides comfort, which can help the individual run faster and longer.  Grab a pair of these...

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Category: Athletics

World of Concrete 2017

World of Concrete (WOC) is an annual, international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. WOC showcases industry suppliers and innovative products, machinery and technologies.

Let’s give special recognition to polyurethane for its contributions to the building and construction world. The versatility and flexibility of polyurethane allow its different forms to be applied across many problem areas. To fix sunken concrete, polyurethane foam can be injected through penny-sized holes in the existing concrete. The polyurethane foam then expands beneath the concrete surface to stabilize the weak material and fill empty spaces, causing the slab to rise...

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Full suitcase of a traveler with travel stickers

National Sticker Day

Another fun holiday brought to you by versatile, durable, incredible Polyurethane! Happy National Sticker Day! Ever wonder why stickers look so glossy and can stick to almost anything? Polyurethane adhesives and coatings are the material of choice in the making of decals, stickers and labels.

The front side of the sticker is covered with a thick, clear polyurethane coating to give it that glossy finish and help keep the sticker durable and flexible. Polyurethane is also used on the adhesive side of stickers. Polyurethane adhesives and sealants provide excellent stress recovery to retain shape after being bent or pulled....

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Category: Apparel, Automotive

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NAHB International Builders’ Show

Today is the last day of the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. This event brought together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcased the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings— including wood, concrete, stone and brick.

Polyurethane is one of the most useful and beneficial products in the building and construction industry. Materials made with polyurethane can be used for many different applications, are lightweight and easy to install and provide durable solutions.

The International Builders’ Show also highlighted new products and techniques in efficiency, technology and...

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Category: Home Builders