look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


A Chemistry Major Finds His Niche in Advocacy

Name: Stephen WieronieyAge: 35Occupation: DirectorCompany: ACC Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

As an undergraduate chemistry major at the University of Maryland, Stephen Wieroniey had dreams of working in the chemical industry. .Upon graduation, he found himself entering the job market right at the peak of the Great Recession and had no concrete plan for what a career in the chemistry might look like. After some time and with a little luck, he eventually landed a role at the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I graduated in 2008 and worked a few odd jobs during the recession. The way I ended up at...

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Category: Young Professionals

Polyurethane Helps You Feel the Burn — Even at Home

Does warmer weather have you thinking about getting into shape? You don’t necessarily need a gym membership to get that perfect summer bod. Thanks to exercise equipment made with polyurethane there are a number of creative ways to feel the burn from the comfort of your home. When it comes to fighting the flab, these workout products made with polyurethane play a pivotal role in helping you get in shape:

Foam Rollers

Do you have a knot in your muscle? Roll it out. Foam rollers are a a great way to stretch and soothe aching muscles. You can use a...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane in the Fight Against the Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has required an “all hands on deck” approach from both the public and private sector when it comes to fighting the spread of the disease and safeguarding citizens. The polyurethane industry has been no exception. Here are just a few of the ways polyurethane manufacturers from around the U.S. are contributing to the effort.

Mattress Manufacturers

Foam mattresses made with polyurethane account for a large and growing percentage of the mattress market. With the spread of the novel coronavirus, hospitals at or near capacity have been clamoring for badly needed supplies. To meet the need and growing...

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Category: Apparel, Innovation Bonds

Polyurethane Helps Drive Production of Sustainable, Fuel Efficient Cars

Over the past few years, more and more car manufacturers are creating new vehicles and models with an eye toward sustainability and fuel efficiency. Many have turned to polyurethane in their quest.

Lightweighting in Cars

Frequent readers of this blog will know that polyurethane is a key component used in lightweighting vehicles — helping to increase their fuel efficiency. Polyurethane comes into play when it is used to make light weight components that are durable and can be used to replace heavier ones. As car companies begin producing more electric vehicles, lightweighting becomes even more important.

Making Lighter Electric Cars

Electric...

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Category: Automotive

Polyurethane Helps Shoe Manufacturers Reach Their Sustainability Goals

As more and more product manufacturers work together to close the loop on the circular economy, polyurethane continues to play a vital role in the life of many of these products. 

Recycle Polyurethane

Polyurethane itself can be reused and recycled. Frequent readers of this blog will know that polyurethane is used to make a substance called rebond — created from pieces of shredded flexible polyurethane foam held together using what is known as a binder. Rebond is often used as underlay for carpeting.

According to the Carpet Cushion Council, more than 1 billion pounds of polyurethane foam have been recycled into...

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A Student Athlete Finds A Career in Polyurethane

After graduating from the University of Texas with a chemical engineering degree, Austin Boudreaux hoped to put his newfound skills to work in the polyurethane industry. With a background in athletics and having played for various teams growing up, he was peripherally aware of polyurethane’s (PU) use in sporting goods and athletic wear.

Category: Young Professionals

Polyurethane Saddles Poised to Take Over Two-Wheeled Travel

Whether you’re a serious, seasoned, long-distance road cyclist or a shorter-traveling, part-time, two-wheeled commuter, you know that time spent in a bicycle saddle can be — well — tough on the tush.

However, thanks to polyurethane and advances in 3D printing, that may soon be changing.

A New Kind of Carbon® Saddle

Carbon, the company using polyurethane 3D printing to create a new kind of football helmet liner, and the winner of the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award, is now teaming up with a major cycling manufacturer in the U.S. to create 3D printed polyurethane bicycle saddles.

The Manufacturing Process

The saddle...

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Category: Athletics, Innovation Bonds

A Young Scientist Works to Improve Infrastructure

Growing up on her family’s farm in Auburn, Michigan, Staci Wegener spent the summers of her childhood tending fields of beans and sugar beets.

Category: Young Professionals

Polyurethane Is Hitting the Mat with Cheerleaders

Thanks to the recent popularity of a streaming docuseries, there is now an even more fervent interest in the sport of cheerleading. While it may not be at the front and center of cheer routines or at pep rallies, polyurethane is behind the scenes doing its part to help cheerleaders be safer. At the amateur, high school and college levels, polyurethane has become a familiar fixture at practices and competitions.

Mats

Often, a mat is the only thing that separates these high-flying and tumbling athletes from the hard ground. Today, many gym mats used in cheerleading are made using polyurethane....

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Vertical Gardens Are the Must-Have Architectural Feature

Striking, eco-friendly, and quickly becoming a fixture in buildings and homes across the world, vertical gardens — made using polyurethane — are the new architectural must-have indoor and outdoor feature for homeowners and businesses everywhere.

A vertical garden — also called a green wall or a living wall — generally consists of plants, stacked vertically on a wall, giving the effect of a living wall of plants. The wall can be just a few feet or several stories high and can vary significantly in width. Some vertical gardens extend the entire range of a large atrium space; others are only...

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Category: Environment, Poly as Art