look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


With Polyurethane and a Waffle Maker, Footwear Inspiration Struck

You may be surprised to find out that one of the world’s biggest shoe manufacturers got its start from a waffle maker and a bit of polyurethane.

The story goes: A track coach was attempting to create a shoe that could grip a running track without the use of spikes. During breakfast one morning inspiration struck as he was staring at his waffles. The coach noticed the uniform crevices on the waffle’s surface and wondered if the pattern of indentations could also provide traction on the soles of running shoes.

So, the coach went out to his garage, mixed up...

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Category: Athletics

CPI Announces finalists for 2018 polyurethane innovation award

Demilec (USA) Inc., ICL-IP America, Inc. and SWD Urethane will present at CPI’s annual conference

For Immediate Release: Contact: Brian Grossman (202) 249-6509                                                                  Email: Brian_Grossman@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON, DC (September 5, 2018) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) today announced Demilec (USA) Inc., ICL-IP America, Inc. and SWD Urethane as the three finalists for this year’s Polyurethane Innovation Award. Respected throughout the industry, the renowned award will be presented during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference in October in Atlanta. It recognizes the most inventive commercial technologies in the polyurethanes industry over the last 12 months.

“The...

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Category: 2018 Polyurethane Technical Conference

Polyurethane Shapes City Skyline, Helps Skyscrapers Reach New Heights

15 Park Row in New York City was once the world’s tallest building at just 391 feet in 1899. Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai achieves that distinction, rising an astonishing 2,771 feet.

Just how have skyscrapers soared to such great heights over the past 120 years? The answer lies in innovation. Advancements in technology like the advent of modern materials are solving the inevitable difficulties that arise in construction. Among the most significant innovations is polyurethane, which plays a number of essential roles in the building process.

Here are just a few of the ways polyurethane is shaping city...

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Category: Architecture

Chameleon Paint Changes Color

Why paint your walls just one color when you can have an iridescent surface that changes color throughout the day or as you move about the room? Using the same mica powder that cosmetics companies use in eyeshadow, New York artisan Jonathan Kutzin has created a unique wall coating for homes and businesses.

The mica powder is mixed with clear polyurethane and then brushed onto a wall that has been prepared with white paint. Multiple colors can be applied to get the desired effect — from silver/green to a deep coral. The result is a shimmery coating that seemingly changes...

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Category: Home Builders, Poly as Art

An Uplifting Idea for Fixing Sunken Concrete

If you’ve ever stumbled on an uneven sidewalk, you know the perils of sunken concrete. As the ground shifts and walkways receive regular use, concrete slabs can sink and crack, creating dangerous conditions on sidewalks, patios and runways.

High-density polyurethane foam is being used to level these surfaces without the cost of breaking up, removing and resetting the concrete. The process, called slabjacking, consists of drilling a hole in the surface and pumping polyurethane foam underneath.

The polyurethane moves easily into any existing air pockets, lifting an impressive 14,500 pounds per square foot. That’s strong enough to life the concrete...

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Category: Home Builders

The Next Generation of Smart Clothing

Innovations in wearable technology have already brought us self-warming jackets and self-tying shoes. Now, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is being used in a stretchable electronic ink that can be embedded directly in clothing to track athletic performance.

The form-fitting circuit can be seamlessly integrated with fabric, bringing comfort, washability and freedom of design to athletic gear. The electronics can be used to monitor pulse and breathing rate, provide feedback on form, and even track muscle tension and other biometrics. 

TPU is a great choice for smart clothing because it is elastic, can be used with a wide variety of fabrics and can be...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Polyurethane Helps Climbers Rise Above

When you’re suspended 30 feet above the ground by nothing but your fingertips, you need to have confidence in the material you’re holding on to. Luckily, polyurethane has been the industry standard for climbing holds (the shaped grips on climbing walls) for the past decade.

Polyurethane has enabled rock wall climbing holds to become lighter and longer lasting. Today, climbing holds are stronger than ever before and – thanks to polyurethane’s flexibility – can be molded to many sizes, shapes and colors. Size and shape differences are used to help simulate real-world rocks and boulders, while color is important because...

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Category: Athletics

The Right Shoes for Your Run

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just adding running to your regular fitness routine, shoes are the most important piece of equipment for both the casual and competitive runner. The right shoes can help cushion and support your feet — and even maximize the energy returned to you with every step — while the wrong shoes can lead to blisters, foot pain and worse.

Polyurethane is used throughout running shoes in a variety of ways to improve their durability and performance: Polyurethane adhesives are used to attach the sole to the shoe. They may be molded to the outer...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Warm Beer? Thermoplastic Polyurethane to the Rescue!

Polyurethane is great at keeping your summer beverages cold when they’re in the refrigerator or cooler, but what about once you’re drinking them? Beer Blizzard™ is a freezable disk made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) that’s designed to fit into the indentation on the bottom of a soda or beer can. Tucked inside a koozie, it continues to cool your drink from the bottom up.

TPU is an excellent choice for this application because it can be frozen and defrosted thousands of times without cracking, and can be created in any color. Created by Mike Robb and Tom Osbourne, Beer Blizzard™...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Six Summer Favorites Made with Polyurethane

  • Floats
  • Whether you choose to drift lazily down a river in a tube or rule the pool atop a giant swan, your conveyance is probably made with polyurethane. Polyurethane is great for floats because it’s lightweight and flexible enough to form almost any shape, but durable enough to last all summer long.

  • Surfboards
  • Before they were made with lightweight polyurethane foam cores, surfboards were manufactured with heavy plywood, weighing up to 10 lbs.

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Polyurethane coatings help protect your favorite lawn chair or beach recliner from the wear and tear of summer weather. Just don’t...

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    Category: Appliances, Athletics, Furniture