look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane Embarks on the High Seas

High-tech sailing takes on new waters! Evonik, a specialty chemical company, has joined forces with German-Danish sailing duo Team Gaebler to build the first SpeedFoiler catamaran. This state-of-the-art catamaran will almost fly over the water thanks to a revolutionary design and lightweight materials.   Their partnership with Evonik resulted in an exceptional catamaran, the SpeedFoiler, which is ultra-lightweight with the help of polyurethane materials.

Polyurethane properties are so flexible and versatile, they allow for quicker production times in the stages of applying binders and laminates. So not only are the boats speedy to drive – they’re...

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European Football’s Featured Player: Polyurethane

Have you experienced the exciting energy of a European football game, also commonly known as a soccer game in the United States? The UEFA European Championship, happening now in France through July 10, exemplifies the essence of the beautiful game and its official match ball.

Materials supplier Covestro and sports goods manufacturer Adidas teamed up to develop the European Championship ball and made sure this game ball was as durable as it was beautiful—which means polyurethane was a key player in this process! The creation of this year’s ball marks the 30th anniversary of Covestro’s and Adidas’ collaboration on ball...

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Grip the Mat with Polyurethane

Namaste and happy National Yoga Day! Time to unwind your mind and unroll your mat. Have you ever wondered how you can maintain a good grip on your yoga mat through all those poses? Wonder no more, and give thanks to polyurethane in your meditation today.

Most yoga mats have a polyurethane coating, which protects the surface from slippery interruptions to your vinyasa flow. Its durable components prevent wear and tear during even your most intense practices.

Plus, all of your favorite yoga clothes that stay cool through 100 degree bikram classes are likely made of fabric with...

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The Big Game

On Sunday, February 7th, we will all crowd around the television with our loved ones to cheer on our favorite teams in the biggest football game of the year.

Polyurethane gets in on the game action as well – by creating soles that are long lasting and practical, it is a big component of most football cleats.

Polyurethane is also found inside helmets, adding a layer of protection for the hard hits – proven to reduce the pain from a hit by up to 33%.

And let’s not forget the reason most of us attend the party to...

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Gear up for Winter Sports with Polyurethane

Whether hiking, climbing or snowboarding, polyurethane is there for many extreme winter sports needs.

When combined with nylon, polyurethane makes a lightweight, flexible, durable, and soft material.  It conforms to your body while you’re speeding down a hill or climbing up a mountain.

Polyurethane is infused in the winter jackets that keep you warm, typically without all the heavy constrictive bulk of a regular jacket!  The polyurethane helps make the jacket lightweight so you can catch come major air without being weighed down.

Polyurethane also helps keep you dry in the rain and in the snow.  Polyurethane’s revolutionary water resistant...

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Exercising New Year’s Resolutions

Relax and detox stress away with some much deserved hot yoga.  But make sure you take polyurethane with you!

That’s right, some yoga mats, have a polyurethane coating to help you find your Namaste.  The polyurethane coating helps you work out by wicking away sweat while also increasing your grip!  Now you can focus on perfecting your downward dog with a little help form polyurethane!

Hot yoga somehow just got way better. Thank you, polyurethane!

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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

Ready, Set, Hike, with Polyurethane

Start dusting off your favorite team’s jersey because football season is about to kick off! The excitement is in the air as everyone wants to cheer on their favorite team this fall.  Fun facts about football: Did you know that instead of the oval shaped football that we know now, back in 1869, it was shaped more like a soccer ball? Inside today’s football there is a high-tech three layer polyurethane bladder. Two of the layers are made out of polyurethane. The polyurethane helps the football to stay inflated throughout the game.   

Who knew polyurethane played such a...

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Surfing Legend Inducted Into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

Gordon “Grubby” Clark was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame after a long career in developing polyurethane foam molds for surfboards. Clark began working for Hobie Surfboards after spending two years in the Army, where he worked as a laminator to help pay off the rest of his college education. He began to look for a replacement material for balsa wood, which was more expensive and difficult to find. In the mid-1950’s, Clark began to develop polyurethane foam molds.

He created his company, Clark Foam, in 1961 and rose to be the world leader in polyurethane foam blank...

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Polyurethane is sporting a new summer beach body

Summer is rolling through and getting into shape is back in full force.  But have no fear, polyurethane is here to help you run the extra mile! 

Not only is polyurethane found in exercise apparel and footwear but it’s found in different exercise equipment – equipment that can help get your body ready for summer vacation.  For example, exercise mats made with a thin layer of polyurethane foam are great for protecting your knees and back when doing floor exercises. 

Exercising is always better when you have a partner to work out with.  Tossing medicine balls to a partner...

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