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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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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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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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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

Splashing About with Polyurethane

We have all been there: walking around a scorching amusement park all day in the sun and all we would like to do is beat the heat and go on that big rapid water ride that’s guaranteed to get us and our friends soaked! 

Did you know that as you splash back and forth, polyurethane is there helping your ride not only be more fun, but also more comfortable? Polyurethane seats are used in some waterpark rides as they help reduce the maintenance of the equipment associated with maintenance and provide cushion for the riders.

So when you’re approaching...

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Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

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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Category: Athletics

National S’mores Day

August 10th is National S’mores Day!  When you are sitting around the campfire with your family, don’t forget about polyurethane! Polyurethane coatings, found in camping tents, are devised to be strong, water and abrasion-resistant all while being lightweight.  These incredible qualities can be very attractive to camping aficionados who are looking for a material that will withstand many of Earth’s elements. From hiking, to finding the perfect campfire wood, to bracing any unpredictable weather, polyurethane can help campers prepare for their next wilderness adventure

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Pillow Fights and Polyurethane!

Slumber parties. The highlight of kid’s summer nights — where it seems they do just about everything but actually sleep! As parents drop off their children with sleeping bags and pillows in hand, polyurethane is there to make sure those midnight lights-out moments are comfortable and supportive. 

Polyurethane foam is used in many of today’s mattresses and pillows.  It’s the hidden gem that makes them supportive, comfortable, and long-lasting.  Polyurethane foam is a breathable material; keeping kids cool and relaxed. Polyurethane foam is also found in many sleeping bags.  Thanks to incredible polyurethane, catching zzz’s can now be...

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Category: Furniture

image source: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/05/05/bayer-launches-bio-based-polyurethanes-for-textile-coating/

Dressing Up Polyurethane In Sustainability

Bayer MaterialScience has brought a new array of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane dispersions to apparel and footwear lines under the IMPRANIL® eco name. Thanks to the production of this technology by Bayer, it is now possible for manufactures to produce sustainable, coated apparel such as synthetic leather, with minimal fossil-based raw materials.  Ultimately, Bayer notes that these bio-based polyurethane dispersions will contain up to 65 percent of renewable elements contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

IMPRANIL® eco has given synthetic materials a face lift, attracting more consumers to the brands that have adopted a more sustainable material. ...

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Category: Apparel