look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


The Next Generation of Smart Clothing

Innovations in wearable technology have already brought us self-warming jackets and self-tying shoes. Now, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is being used in a stretchable electronic ink that can be embedded directly in clothing to track athletic performance.

The form-fitting circuit can be seamlessly integrated with fabric, bringing comfort, washability and freedom of design to athletic gear. The electronics can be used to monitor pulse and breathing rate, provide feedback on form, and even track muscle tension and other biometrics. 

TPU is a great choice for smart clothing because it is elastic, can be used with a wide variety of fabrics and can be...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

The Right Shoes for Your Run

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just adding running to your regular fitness routine, shoes are the most important piece of equipment for both the casual and competitive runner. The right shoes can help cushion and support your feet — and even maximize the energy returned to you with every step — while the wrong shoes can lead to blisters, foot pain and worse.

Polyurethane is used throughout running shoes in a variety of ways to improve their durability and performance: Polyurethane adhesives are used to attach the sole to the shoe. They may be molded to the outer...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

National Park Rangers Rely on Polyurethane

Yellowstone National Park was established on March 1, 1872 — the first park of its kind in the United States and possibly the world. Today, Yellowstone’s park rangers are responsible for protecting and preserving the park’s lands, and they perform a number of duties in the rugged terrain, which spans Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

From maintaining trails to rescuing wayward travelers, park rangers rely on a variety of versatile equipment made with polyurethane in order to make their jobs easier. Spending most of their time outdoors, park rangers need gear and clothing that is tough, protective and lightweight. Polyurethane...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane’s Valentine’s Day Gift List

If you’re still looking for a present for that special someone, allow polyurethane to provide a few options.

Electronics — Give your Valentine a gift that keeps him or her connected. From the latest smartphone or watch to personal fitness trackers, polyurethane compounds help protect high-tech devices from moisture, thermal shock and vibrations.

Active Wear — If your Valentine is the sporty type, go for a new long-sleeved top, hoodie or jacket made from polyurethane fibers. You’ll keep your honey warm and comfortable on cold workout days.

Pillows — What’s better than the gift of a good night’s sleep? Memory...

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Category: Apparel, Electronics, Furniture

Hot Halloween Costumes, Courtesy of Polyurethane

Did you know some of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes rely on polyurethane technology? Take, for example, superhero characters: prop versions of shields, swords and other superhero gear are often made out of polyurethane. Because polyurethane is lightweight and easy to form into different shapes, it’s well suited for all kinds of props.

For those indulging in a little 1980s nostalgia, female wrestlers will be another hot Halloween costume for 2017. Their shiny, stretchy bodysuits usually rely on spandex fiber fabric made from polyurethane fibers. 

Or maybe you’re going for a more traditional costume — a cowboy or a...

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Category: Apparel

Athleisure Trend Stretches the Bounds at Fall Fashion Shows

It’s the time of year when the runways are filled with the latest styles and future trends. As consumers seek to be both comfortable and stylish in their daily lives, the “athleisure” trend continues to grow.

Athleisure wear combines the comfort of workout clothes, with the style that enables them to be worn in other settings, from casual social gatherings to the workplace. One newer entry to the athleisure offering is a stretchy, comfortable jean material. The material is made of spandex fiber (a polyurethane-based fabric), polyester and cotton, and it looks and maintains its shape like denim, but...

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Category: Apparel

3 Back to School Essentials Made with Polyurethane

Break out your supply lists and coupons – it’s time for Back to School shopping! Did you know polyurethane helps make all of these things possible for the new year?

New Shoes

A staple for the new year, especially with growing kids! Polyurethane is a key material in making sneakers comfortable and durable.  With the help of polyurethane, even hand-me-down sneakers are better than ever!

Backpacks

Backpacks made with polyurethane are stylish enough for fashionistas and strong enough for bookworms.

Dorm Room Mattress Pads

College bound? After a full day of studying, a good night’s sleep is important...

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Category: Apparel

3 Ways Polyurethane Helps Enhance Your Life

Polyurethane is an incredible material that touches almost every industry and enhances our lives in many ways. Here are three important ways polyurethane can make your life better:           

  • Polyurethane can help keep you be comfortable
  • Rigid polyurethane panels used for insulation keep your home warm and comfortable. From the floors to the walls, to the ceilings, polyurethane creates a temperature-controlled environment for the interior of your home, no matter the season.

  • Polyurethane can help keep you stay active
  • A wide variety of athletic gear and apparel is constructed with polyurethane. Polyurethane fibers and coating technology provide support, durability and...

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    Category: Apparel, Electronics, Home Builders

    Outdoor shot of healthy young woman exercising on wall bars during sunset. Strong woman doing stretching and looking at camera.

    Outdoor Fitness with Polyurethane

    Summer is a great season for trying out a new outdoor fitness activity. Not only is avoiding the gym often a more budget-friendly way to exercise, but you also get to enjoy all the beautiful scenes nature has to offer. There are so many outdoor activities to help you stay in shape during the summer months, including jogging, biking, hiking, swimming or kayaking. Whatever sport you choose, polyurethane will keep you looking sleek and stylish.

    Advances in polyurethane fiber and coating technology allow athletic apparel designers to utilize a wide range of textures, colors and performance options for their garments, footwear...

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    Category: Apparel, Athletics

    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