look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Need for Speed with Polyurethane

This month, the 66th International Motor Show will take place in Frankfurt, Germany. The show will highlight the latest trends and technological innovations of the year.

Polyurethane plays a big role in the automotive industry from the interior to the exterior. The coating of the car helps maintain a vehicle’s glossy appearance and protect it from harsh elements. Even the bumpers, doors, spoilers, windows, and protective coatings, can have polyurethane in them. There are even polyurethane adhesives and sealants that can provide strong bonds to join materials, help prevent leakage, reduce wind- and noise, and protect against corrosion.

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Category: Automotive

Make Your Bed with Polyurethane

Today is an unofficial holiday parents love to celebrate. Happy National Make Your Bed Day! While polyurethane cannot make your bed for you, it can help you get a good night’s rest, so you wake up refreshed the next morning. Polyurethane foam makes mattresses more soft and durable. Polyurethane can also help keep mattresses at the ideal level of firmness while sleepers toss and turn.  About 30% of the entire North American polyurethane market consists of flexible polyurethane foam.

Grab your bedsheets and cover up that nice soft mattress of yours! Over time, your mattress will thank you...

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Category: Furniture

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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Category: Athletics

Up, Up, and Away with Polyurethane

Polyurethane foam has long been recognized in the aerospace industry for its insulation properties, but polyurethane can also be found on commercial aircraft – both inside and out. From the passenger cabin walls, ceilings, overhead stowage, lavatories, and even the polyurethane coating that can add shine and protection to the exterior of the airplane, polyurethane helps travelers arrive at their destinations in comfort and style. The sleek and shiny exterior of an aircraft can sometimes be attributed to a water-based polyurethane coating painted on the outside exterior of the plane. Polyurethane is even resistant to heat just over 300 degrees...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Hop a Ride with Polyurethane

There’s a new mode of transportation that might make you feel like you’re floating above the sidewalks. Singapore-based entrepreneur, Oliver Risse, has created a three-wheeled scooter that is made of 80% composites and plastics instead of metal.

The weight of the scooter was very important in its development, and the designers looked to the auto industry for a solution.  Typical vehicles are made out of aluminum or other types of metal, but with the help from plastic makers like BASF and others, plastics were able to offer this mode of transportation a very different style and made it...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Automobile Market a Major Focus of 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

Three Industry-specific Sessions to Highlight AutomotiveInnovations as well as Industry Regulatory Issues

WASHINGTON (August 20, 2015) – The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will highlight issues and topics specific to the automotive market at the three-day event this October. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), the conference is set to take place Oct. 5 – 7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Three separate sessions focused on the automotive industry will be offered as part of the conference program, concentrated specifically on the complexity of global volatile organic...

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Category: 2015 Polyurethane Technical Conference

CPI announces 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award Finalists

Drum roll, please…..

After outside judges reviewed all submissions, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry is proud to announce the three finalists for the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award! The award is presented annually at CPI’s Polyurethane Technical Conference, which is the premier event for industry expertise, professional networking and regulatory issues.

This year’s finalists are Dow Chemical, Honeywell and Novomer.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award acknowledges the most impactful, inventive and unique commercial technologies in the global polyurethanes industry. Since 2005 this award has highlighted the role that innovation has played in the polyurethanes industry and recognized companies, as...

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Category: 2015 Polyurethane Technical Conference

Payerne, Switzerland: Today,Solar Impulse 2, the second single-seater solar aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg designed to take up the challenge of the first round-the-world solar flight, without any fuel in 2015, carried out its first flight out of the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland. There will be several other test flights taking place in the coming months in order for this experimental machine to attain certification. They will be followed by training flights of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg later in the season still from Payerne airfield. The attempt to make the first round-the-world solar-powered flight is scheduled to start in March 2015 from Gulf area. Solar Impulse will fly, in order, over the Arabian Sea, India, Burma, China, the Pacific Ocean, the United States, the Atlantic Ocean and Southern Europe or North Africa before closing the loop by returning to the departure point. Landings will be made every few days to change pilots and organize public events for governments, schools and universities.

Solar Impulse Pilot to Deliver Keynote Address at Polyurethanes Technical Conference

Pilot of Solar-Powered Round-the-World Flight to Discuss Polyurethanes’ Role in Innovation

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2015) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced that André Borschberg, one of the pilots and co-developer of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, will deliver the keynote address during the Opening Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on October 5 in Orlando, Fl.

The aircraft, known as Solar Impulse 2, is the only solar-powered aircraft in the world that can fly day and night with a pilot on board. Solar Impulse 2 is covered in 17,248 solar cells to...

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Category: 2015 Polyurethane Technical Conference

Durable Polyurethane Encourages You to Ride High in the Skies!

National Ride the Wind Day is August 23rd and commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered flight that occurred back in 1977.  What would human flight be without the use of polyurethane?  Polyurethane is found in various wind riders including hot air balloons.  The balloon, or “envelope,” is crafted of woven fabric, typically nylon, and coated in polyurethane.  The polyurethane coating is combined with silicone to protect the fabric from sun damage.  Shout out to durable polyurethane for helping the adventure seekers ride on!

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Tupelo Furniture Show

From August 20-23, Tupelo Furniture Market located in Tupelo, Mississippi, will host its fall furniture exhibition. With more than 2 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, hundreds of furniture and mattress manufactures, importers, and suppliers will make the trip to Tupelo to showcase their stylish and comfortable products.

Polyurethane is found in a number of top coats for wooden furniture.  Polyurethane foam can be found in furniture cushions, mattresses and pillows for its breathable, impression resistant qualities. From coffee tables to upholstery and mattresses, versatile polyurethane will be present in Tupelo around every corner.

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Category: Furniture