look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Smudge-free with Polyurethane

Great news for all you clean freaks! A team from Queen’s University may have developed a way to make surfaces smudge-free. No more grubby fingerprints on your cellphone! This is all possible with the help of polyurethane, of course!

By using a polyurethane based coating, the Queen’s University team may have found a way to keep the surfaces of electronics clean and clear. The innovation also has the ability to repel both water and oil soluble contaminants such as ink, artificial fingerprints, and paint. The requirements for coatings to be considered “anti-smudge” are actually very rigorous: it cannot adversely...

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Category: Appliances, Innovation Bonds

Lights, Camera, Polyurethane!

What do big budget action movies, festival darling independent films, and trophy-contending dramas have in common? Polyurethane of course!

Movie sets not only need to be built quickly and inexpensively, but they also must stand up to the wear and tear of daily filming.

Polyurethane can be easily formulated to provide a wide range of physical properties – it can be used to mimic structural material as well as living materials, such as tree bark and animal skins.

Polyurethane is also used in masks to create fantasy creatures we see on screen. Polyurethane is light weight and has the...

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Mini Golf Day

Happy Mini Golf Day! Whether you’re putt- putting across a narrow bridge or trying to guide the ball between the giant windmill’s fins, polyurethane can add to the fun!  Did you know putters made for mini golf are actually coated with polyurethane?

Polyurethane foam can also be used to make the putting green that much more challenging. Whether it is fake stone made out of polyurethane, or one of the many props decorating the green scenery, polyurethane is there making the game that much more exciting!

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Category: Athletics, Innovation Bonds

Up, Up, and Away with Polyurethane

Polyurethane foam has long been recognized in the aerospace industry for its insulation properties, but polyurethane can also be found on commercial aircraft – both inside and out. From the passenger cabin walls, ceilings, overhead stowage, lavatories, and even the polyurethane coating that can add shine and protection to the exterior of the airplane, polyurethane helps travelers arrive at their destinations in comfort and style. The sleek and shiny exterior of an aircraft can sometimes be attributed to a water-based polyurethane coating painted on the outside exterior of the plane. Polyurethane is even resistant to heat just over 300 degrees...

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Hop a Ride with Polyurethane

There’s a new mode of transportation that might make you feel like you’re floating above the sidewalks. Singapore-based entrepreneur, Oliver Risse, has created a three-wheeled scooter that is made of 80% composites and plastics instead of metal.

The weight of the scooter was very important in its development, and the designers looked to the auto industry for a solution.  Typical vehicles are made out of aluminum or other types of metal, but with the help from plastic makers like BASF and others, plastics were able to offer this mode of transportation a very different style and made it...

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Durable Polyurethane Encourages You to Ride High in the Skies!

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!

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Splashing About with Polyurethane

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...

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Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

National S’mores Day

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

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Innovator David Sweet leaves behind Surfboard Legacy

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...

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Combining Art and Science: Aircraft Paints and Coatings

Airline passengers and aviation enthusiasts often marvel at advancements in jet engines, cockpit electronics and aircraft size. But we rarely appreciate the importance of aircraft paint and recognize its contributions to safety, fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.

The challenges are obvious for paint on the exterior of aircraft: The paint must protect the exterior surfaces of an airplane at 500 miles per hour or more, including high levels of ultraviolet (UV) exposure, rapid and extreme temperature changes, high wind velocities, and the effects of rain.

Similarly, paint and coatings inside the cabin of an aircraft must meet high standards of...

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