look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

Layup with Polyurethane

When it comes to court sports, polyurethane is in the starting line-up.

In most indoor basketball games and tournaments, the basketball itself is sealed with a polyurethane topcoat to protect the ball’s orange-tan dye finish. For outdoor use, the basketball cover is generally comprised of a polyurethane synthetic leather. These polyurethane materials not only duplicate the look and feel of a professional-level basketball, but protect the ball itself from wear and tear on outdoor courts thanks to the incredible durability of the material.

Polyurethane is often a key material in footwear, and basketball shoes are no...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) solar carport, featuring solar power panels to keep cars cool and generate energy. (iStock)

Polyurethane Adhesives and Coatings: A BRIGHT Idea!

In the recent article “The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels,” the Washington Post discussed how parking lots can be covered with solar panels to produce solar energy.

As discussed in the Washington Post Article, according to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average city surface is 35 to 50 percent pavement and 40 percent of that is parking lots.

Solar panels, which are made using polyurethane adhesives and coatings, have the potential to be placed on the top of parking lots and help cool down the cars that...

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Category: Environment, Innovation Bonds

Bayer spray foam insulation featured in The New American Home 2015

Spring, Texas, January 14, 2015The New American Home® demonstrates builder best practices at work in what is considered one of America’s premier show homes. Bayer MaterialScience LLC (http://www.polyurethanes.bayer.com/) is a proud sponsor of The New American Home 2015, being built near Las Vegas. The home is produced and presented by the National Association of Home Builders Leading Suppliers Council and Builder magazine.

Since its inception in 1984, The New American Home has been designed and built to demonstrate concepts, materials, designs and construction techniques that can be replicated in housing built anywhere and in any price range. The mission of...

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Category: Home Builders

Polyurethane is Super Support at the Big Game

With all of the hype surrounding the big football game, there is one important participant you might not see on the big screen – polyurethane.  The incredible impact of polyurethane/this material starts with the ball. The inside pouch of footballs is typically made of polyurethane, which supports the durability and consistent feel. The players’ uniforms often use polyurethane for stretch and water resistance. Even the cleats often use polyurethane both as cushioning foam and as an adhesive to keep it all together. In future games, polyurethane may also be used to help create the next generation of football...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

Better Design with Polyurethane

A new breed of architects, designers, urban planners and other creative types are reimagining the shared spaces we encounter each day – everything from offices and schools to restaurants and transit stations – to make them more welcoming. Polyurethane plays a major role in several of these designs. Enjoy the video and look for polyurethane used in furniture and bedding, workspaces that are created using surfboard materials. and outdoor “living room” spaces.


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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Giving Polyurethane a Work Out

Is your vow to get fit in 2015 a little shaky? Polyurethane will help you stay comfortable and resolute on your way to better fitness.

Polyurethane is often a key material in sneakers, as it provides cushioning with foam in the soles and can be used as an adhesive to hold a shoe together. Polyurethane is a material that provides the stretch in many clothes, helping them keep their shape as we shape up. While you are sweating off the pounds, polyurethane in fabrics helps keep that moisture away from your body.

Polyurethane not only makes our clothing more...

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Category: Athletics

Spray PU foam aids in NASA launch: It is Rocket Science!

Plastics News reported that NASA’s test of the Orion spacecraft in December took advantage of spray polyurethane foam insulation on its second-stage liquid fuel tanks.

The spacecraft was successfully launched Dec. 5, the first such take-off since the Space Shuttle program ended.

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Category: Innovation Bonds

BLOCKPal pallet utilizes Bayer MaterialScience's Baydur PUL 2500 two-component polyurethane resin system. Advantages over wooden pallets include mechanical strength, durability and cleanliness.

Rethinking the Pallet

While Pinterest is full of ideas on how to recycle wooden shipping pallets into all kinds of crafty home furnishings, many used wood pallets end up as waste. The new BLOCKPal pallet is pultruded from polyurethane resin from Bayer Material Science. This pallet can stand up to repeated use with the added benefit of minimizing bacteria and insect accumulation and splintering.  For more on this new innovation, read the article in Plastics Today.

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Category: Home Builders

Electrifying Facts about Polyurethane

This holiday season, it is estimated that shoppers will spend $33.76 billion on consumer electronics – a broad category that includes tablets, notebook computers, TVs, smartphones, game consoles, and even wearable technology.

Many electronic enthusiasts and shoppers will research the fastest processor, most compatible OS, biggest screen, or best battery life, but few people look into what keeps these machines running through daily use.

The answer – in part – is polyurethane.

Polyurethanes are frequently used in the electrical and electronics industries to seal and insulate fragile components. Because of polyurethane’s versatility, it can be combined with countless...

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Category: Electronics

Polyurethane Helps Give Bikers a Tougher Skin

An Australian mountain biker keen to protect an expensive new purchase is converting the two-wheel world to his polyurethane product.

Alan Vogt, owner-director of Canberra-based Frameskin Pty. Ltd., has developed a clear PU film kit that completely covers the bike frame.

Frameskin paint protection film is custom-made to fit specific models of mountain or road bikes. It can also be bought in sheet form to cover forks and other bike component parts.

You can read more about the solution and its development in Plastics News.

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Category: Athletics