look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


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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

Dow to Supply Polyurethane for Improved Bicycle Tires

Dow Chemical (China) and Beijing Mobike Technology have agreed to develop a long-term partnership to develop lighter weight and eco-friendlier bicycles – all with the help of polyurethane!

Mobike introduced its latest bike model at a celebration to mark its one-year anniversary. The new bicycle uses Dow’s polyurethane materials for insert tires. Dow says, compared with the traditional solid rubber tire, the insert helps reduce weight by 20 percent while improving shock absorption and durability – so your bike ride will feel a lot smoother!

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Category: Athletics

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

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

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

Happy National Trail Day

National Trails Day occurs on the first Saturday in June and celebrates America’s extensive trail system by encouraging people to discover their local trails. Whether you’re running, biking or hiking, trails can sometimes lead you to difficult terrains. Luckily, with the right gear, you’ll be better able to navigate through it. And chances are the gear’s  made with polyurethane!

Polyurethane can be found in the midsole of hiking boots and other athletic footwear because it provides cushioning, shock absorption and lightweight durability. It also can be found in most modern hiking outsoles to add stability when walking on various...

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Category: Athletics

VMI’s Incredible New Hydraulic Indoor Track

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is now home to one of the nation’s most elite indoor athletic facilities. The star of the show is newly-installed hydraulically banked track system. And polyurethane technology is making it all possible.

Beynon Sports, a leading innovator in the polyurethane industry, developed the Rise-N-Run Hydraulic system which incorporates polyurethane materials to create a strong yet flexible surface that athletes can actually raise and lower to specific angles. This adjustment helps to counteract a runner’s centrifugal force while circling around the track, and results in faster racing times.  

This is an exciting new feature is...

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Category: Athletics

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to get out and ride with your family, co-workers and friends.

Polyurethane technologies have enhanced the biking experience for riders. We all know how uncomfortable bike seats can be; however, many bike manufacturers take advantage of polyurethane foam in their bike seats to help ensure your ride is smoother and more comfortable.

Another polyurethane technology that has revolutionized the biking industry is the invention of breathable fabrics.  Scientists discovered that polyurethanes could be combined with nylon to create an array of lightweight, stain resistant and elastic garments.  Polyurethane fibers are...

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Category: Athletics

3 Valentine Gifts Made Possible with Polyurethane

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you thought about a gift for your special someone? We have some incredible suggestions!

  • New Bedding
  • Give your valentine the gift of sleeping on super comfortable material – plush polyurethane foam. It can form to almost any shape, so it’s great material for cushions, pillows and furniture. Plus, a mattress pad made out of durable polyurethane will keep its shape for years, so you won’t have to get another one next Valentine’s Day!

  • Athletic gear
  • Want to try out a yoga class or hike a tough trail together? Comfortable workout clothes and shoes could be...

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    Category: Appliances, Athletics, Furniture