look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

How Polyurethane is Evolving Conventional and Electric Vehicles

Have you ever thought about what makes the seats, armrests, or headrests in your car so comfortable? What is keeping your engine cool and insulated? Or what is serving as a sound barrier to help reduce unwanted road noise inside your vehicle? The answer is polyurethane. Today, many conventional and electric vehicles are using polyurethane to enhance driver experience and vehicle performance. The automotive industry is using these versatile materials to produce cars that are lighter in weight, are quieter, and feature improved safety measures.

Using Sustainable Foam in the Interior

Today’s vehicles contain...

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Category: Automotive

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3D Printed Polyurethane Baseball Gloves Make Their Big-League Debut

3D printing with polyurethane is showing up in one of the most unlikely of places — baseball gloves. Baseball gloves have primarily been made using leather since about the 1920s, when they first became prominent. However, leather tends to degrade over time. Particularly, the areas of the thumb and pinky portion of the gloves are prone to degradation, leaving the wearer susceptible to injury. To enhance performance and lengthen the lifecycle of the glove, manufacturers are taking a different approach when it comes to bringing them to life.

Building a Better Baseball Glove


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Category: Athletics

Polyurethane Helps to Make Your Picnic Perfect

Fresh air, delicious food, good times — there’s a lot to love about picnic season. Thanks to polyurethane, you can be picnic-ready for any day. Whether it’s keeping your seats dry or the food you packed fresh, here are a few items to consider adding to your next picnic that can make it more enjoyable for everyone.

Waterproof Picnic Blankets

The perfect picnic starts with the perfect foundation. Companies today are designing blankets that are durable, comfortable, and versatile for any occasion — all while using polyurethane. The waterproof feature is what makes...

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Category: Furniture, Innovation Bonds

A Young Senior Scientist Shares How Mentorship Influenced His Chemistry Career Path

Name: Brandon Parks Age: 34 Title: Senior Scientist Company: Covestro Educational Background:

  • BS Chemistry – Lebanon Valley College
  • BS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Lebanon Valley College
  • MS Organic Chemistry – University of Pittsburgh

From an early age, Brandon Parks knew science was in his future. Although he was unaware of where his love of science would take him, he had several fantastic teachers and mentors who supported his ambition and put him on the path to success.

Brandon found an interest in polyurethanes the moment he began his career at a...

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Category: Innovation Bonds, Young Professionals

Polyurethane Foam Created From Straw Waste May Help Prevent Famine

Wheat is one of the most widely grown crops on the planet, and it’s no wonder why. Wheat is a large part of people’s diets, and it has numerous industrial applications. For example, it’s often used to produce ethanol. But did you know that harvesting wheat leads to huge waste?

For every pound of wheat harvested, one pound of wheat straw gets left behind. The sheer volume of this straw waste can be overwhelming. More than 734 million tons of it are generated every year, creating a headache for farmers and potential environmental destruction. In developing countries, for example, farmers...

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Technician spraying foam insulation using Plural Component Spray Gun

Spray Polyurethane Foam Makes Commercial Roofing Easy

Replacing an existing roof can be expensive and time consuming, especially when the goal is to cover tens of thousands of square feet. In order to balance efficiency with affordability, contractors and owners are on the hunt for materials that are faster to install, efficient, cost effective and extremely durable. While finding a product that covers multiple categories may seem impossible, the truth is that Spray Polyurethane Foam, often just called spray foam, checks all those boxes and more.

Spray foam is a roofing material commonly used for commercial, manufacturing, and industrial facilities. When properly installed and maintained, spray foam-based...

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Category: Home Builders

A Young Technical Manager Helps Tackle Food Shortages Through His Work in Polyurethane

Name: Stephen MartinAge: 33Title: Technical ManagerCompany: BASF CorporationEducational Background: B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan

Like many young professionals working in polyurethane, Stephen Martin has a teacher to thank for instilling in him a life-long passion for chemistry.

“One of the most influential educators in my life was my high school chemistry teacher,” Stephen says. “She made learning chemistry fun and connected what we did in the classroom to the real world through demonstrations and lab experiments.”

Stephen says seeing the real-world application of chemistry early on in his education made him realize he could positively impact the...

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Category: Young Professionals

Polyurethane Takes to the Gridiron

With fall in full swing, football season is here. As your favorite teams take to the field this autumn, you may be surprised at all the places you’ll find polyurethane on the gridiron — helping to improve gameplay.

Polyurethane Helmet Caps

It may be a strange sight to see, but many teams are employing polyurethane fiber caps on top of regular football helmets to add a layer of padding to the outside surfaces. A helmet coated in soft polyurethane may help dissipate force across the entire region of the helmet rather than concentrating it in a single area. 

A well-known...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Makes Cornhole Gameplay Possible

You likely know that cornhole is a favorite pastime at backyard barbecues and tailgates. But, you might be surprised to learn that polyurethane has had a helping hand in giving rise to the game’s popularity.  It’s true. Whether picking up a cornhole set at your local sporting goods store or constructing your bean bags and boards at home, polyurethane is likely a part of your new game set.

Polyurethane Cornhole Boards

Frequent readers of this blog are familiar with the use of polyurethane in the design of surfboards. A set of strong, lightweight cornhole boards, great for transporting, can be...

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Category: Athletics

Scientists Develop Sweat-Powered Polyurethane Battery

You’ve heard of renewable energy sources like the wind and the sun, but what about a stretchy battery powered by human sweat? It’s happening, and polyurethane helps make it all possible.

Who developed it?

Recently, a team of scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), developed the technology, which could have applications in the future for athletes interested in powering smart devices to measure performance. The new battery technology has the potential to limit bulky battery packs necessary to power electronic devices.

How does it work?

The wearable battery is powered by silver flakes that are contained in ink along...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics, Electronics