look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Flying High with Polyurethane

Today we celebrate the scientific achievement of flight– it’s Aviation Day!

Even if you’re afraid to fly, you can surely recognize the enormous impact aviation has had on both industry and our personal lives. Partly thanks to polyurethane, airplanes and other aircraft have come a long way since the Wright Brothers!

When you’re on your next flight (hopefully to a tropical vacation), look around. You’re likely to be surrounded by polyurethane products. Flexible polyurethane foam is used in airline seats to help passengers stay comfortable on long flights. Many interior surfaces – cabin walls, ceilings, overhead compartments, lavatories –...

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Category: Automotive

BASF’s Thermoplastic Polyurethane Makes Low Impact, No Impact

The new PSA Peugeot Citroën C4 Cactus is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that provides a buffer to the vehicle’s sensitive surface zones.

Large air-filled cushion bumpers, called Airbumps®, are fitted around the car to help absorb bumps. These Airbumps® include Elastollan®, a high-performance material created and optimized by BASF. Elastollan® combines the traditional properties of TPU but with enhanced durability and performance. This additional layer offers abrasion resistance, elasticity, and UV- and weather-resistant capabilities to the vehicle’s surface – all thanks to the incredible properties of polyurethane!

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Category: Automotive

Polyurethane For Dads

All dads are different, but there are some products made with polyurethane that any father could enjoy on his holiday.

The Father in the Fast Lane:

Does your dad enjoy driving on the open road and love everything about cars? Will he know that polyurethane is behind a lot of the comfort and cool factors of his car? Cushioned seats, protected coatings, and many car parts are made with polyurethane components that make vehicles look better and last longer. Plus, polyurethane is light-weight  which helps Dad’s car be more fuel efficient.  All dads love that.

The DIY Dad:

If...

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Category: Automotive, Electronics, Furniture

Hit the road with Polyurethane

No summer is complete without a memorable road trip. Not only are road trips  easier on your budget, but they also don’t require so much advance planning. All you have to do is pack up the car, crank up the radio and you’re on your way.

Did you know polyurethane is part of every road trip? Without it, your ride would probably be a lot less comfortable. Polyurethane foam in the seats and throughout the car interior contributes to  a quiet, climate-controlled environment.

Polyurethane can also be found on the exterior of your car. Polyurethane coatings help in maintaining...

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Category: Automotive

Henkel, Benteler Making Composite Leaf Springs for Volvo

Henkel AG and automotive composite’s firm Benteler SGL are supplying polyurethane composite leaf springs to the automotive industry.

Polyurethane’s incredibly lightweight which makes it a great material for this technological advancement. The polyurethane matrix system is said to be 4.5 kilograms lighter than the steel coil springs that were previously used in the cars. Additionally, the firm says the new leaf spring provides a smoother ride with decreased noise and vibrations.

Yet another example of incredible polyurethane helping to improve technologies that enhance people’s lives!

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Category: Automotive

Fun Facts About Polyurethane

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are five fun facts about polyurethane.

  • Polyurethane is a tremendously versatile material, capable of enormous variations in chemistry, structure and application. This is why creative minds gravitate towards it when exploring/investigating design solutions.
  • More than simply a standalone compound, polyurethane is often utilized to help other materials perform. In other words, polyurethane is a team player!
  • Advancements in polyurethane blends brought us spandex fibers.
  • Clear polyurethane topcoats enhance and help protect the bright, richly colored basecoats on many top-of-the-line automobiles.
  • Polyurethane products have ushered in a whole new era when it comes...

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    Category: Automotive, Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

  • Polyurethane Innovates at the New York Auto Show

    We’re getting in gear for car makers and car lovers’ event of the year: The New York International Auto Show! The automotive industry is an excellent example of the endless possibilities of innovation, design and engineering. We love to watch those shiny cars speed off in style, but have you ever thought of the chemistry behind these cars?

    Polyurethane has proven its value as a material for car manufacturers – from your show-stopping speedster to your everyday ride. It’s durable, lightweight properties help materials like clear coatings provide a long-lasting, pristine top coat and bond together a vehicle’s many different...

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    Category: Automotive

    Polyurethane Covers the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference

    Polyurethane chemistry is commonly used for protective coatings and paints. Polyurethane materials are so versatile that they can easily cover many surface types, yet remain durable to protect that surface. So when you want to protect the bed of your pick-up truck or finally get around to refinishing that table – polyurethanes help make sure the surface stays in great condition!

    Chemists are always discovering new ways to use polyurethane in the paint and coatings industry, which is why we’re sure to find some PU chemistry at the2017 CoatingsTech Conference. The CoatingsTech conference showcases the paint and coatings...

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    Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

    Michelin Introduces Airless Golf Cart Tire

    Polyurethane innovation alert! Michelin Tweel Technologies announced the release of the X Tweel Turf, which is a completely airless tire that works with gas- and electric-powered golf carts.

    This polyurethane tire is a great solution for vehicles often used in rugged surface conditions since drivers won’t have to worry about the tires becoming flat or losing pressure. It’s reported that the X Tweel Turf can support a load up to 705 pounds due to its high-strength poly-resin spokes that help distribute the weight.

    Polyurethane’s durable and versatile properties are playing a big role in helping Michelin Tweel Technologies innovate...

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    Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

    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