look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

Versatile. Durable. Incredible. Balloons.

Everyone knows that enormous amounts of helium fill Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons each year.

But, do you think about the volume of engineering, science and technology that go into making each balloon?

Did you know that the giant balloons seen by more than 50 million viewers across the world begin as a lump of clay?

The balloons are conceived, manufactured and cared for by 28 full-time studio employees in the Macy’s Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Here’s what happens when an idea becomes a parade balloon:

Giving Thanks for Polyurethane

In the spirit of the season, let’s give thanks for the many ways that polyurethane improves and enhances our lives every day.

Below are some of the unique ways polyurethane enhances our Thanksgiving celebrations:

  • Planning to watch a parade on TV or in person? Did you know that polyurethane is now used to make many of the giant balloons that were originally made of rubber? Today’s balloons benefit from polyurethane’s lightweight and durable properties. Polyurethane can also be easily formulated into endless bright colors, which help the replicas of today’s favorite characters remain true to their brand.

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Polyurethanes Breathe New Life into Wound Care Options

Healing people may not be the first thing that come to mind when you think of what polymers can do, but polyurethane-based films, adhesives and foams are useful for a variety of wound care treatments that help accelerate healing and prevent infection.

Adjustable Adhesives

Polyurethane raw materials have been successfully used internationally in wound dressings for more than 15 years, although utilization in the U.S. is just starting to expand. For example, Baymedix® A, a polyurethane-based adhesive from Bayer MaterialScience, has been used in a wide range of wound care and skin contact applications. In addition to being tolerant of...

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Category: Innovation Bonds
"Malaysia’s Construction Industry Development Board is partnering with Bayer MaterialScience to build two prototype houses at the Industrialized Building Show Village in Kuala Lumpur"
"Malaysia’s Construction Industry Development Board is partnering with Bayer MaterialScience to build two prototype houses at the Industrialized Building Show Village in Kuala Lumpur"

Efficient and Affordable Homes: Brought to you by Polyurethane

Bayer’s lightweight polyurethane composite panels hold the promise to help Malaysia offset an affordable housing crisis.

The panels help enable sturdy, energy efficient homes to be built quickly. The material may be able to reduce the cost of construction by 40% due to reduced labor. The home components can be pre-fabricated, resulting in one unit being completed in five days. 

The houses will have the added benefit of greater energy efficiency, with polyurethane providing a durable barrier to air and moisture leakage. This efficiency will reduce cost of ownership while improving the environmental impacts of the homes.

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Meritage Homes: Upgrading homes with spray polyurethane foam

Meritage Homes uses spray polyurethane foam to seal and insulate homes from outside air and moisture intrusion, save on energy costs, and protect families from mold, airborne pollutants, and allergens.

The spray polyurethane foam insulation used by Meritage Homes creates a thermal envelope—an air barrier that helps to prevent air and moisture infiltration. By minimizing air and moisture infiltration, spray polyurethane foam can help stop the sources of dangerous mold and mildew growth in the home that may cause health programs.

Spray polyurethane foam insulation, and the resulting thermal envelope, also helps to create a more comfortable home that...

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Category: Home Builders

Beazer Homes Blogs about Spray Polyurethane Foam Benefits

Beazer Homes uses spray polyurethane foam to fulfill its commitment that every Beazer home is built to ENERGY STAR® standards in Houston.

Each Beazer home is tested and receives an individual ENERGY STAR® certification.

Check out this recent Beazer Homes blog that highlights four of the benefits of spray polyurethane foam:

  • Spray polyurethane foam creates a moisture barrier.
  • Spray polyurethane foam fills gaps and cracks around pipes and between joints.
  • Spray polyurethane foam makes it much more difficult for pests to find an entrance into your home.
  • Spray polyurethane foam reduces noise levels.

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Category: Home Builders

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane’s varied benefits, the product’s rich history spreads across many industries – from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade’s newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold. Since its beginnings, polyurethane and its applications have evolved to match advances in technology and manufacturing, as well as consumer demands. Today, polyurethanes are even found in many luxury items, including designer shoes, clothes, furniture and appliances.

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Category: Appliances, Electronics, Furniture

Halloween Takes Shape with Polyurethane Science

Polyurethane’s durable properties combined with the capability to be manufactured quickly and efficiently make it a perfect material for creating realistic and festive Halloween props and costumes.

This season as you enjoy tricks and treats, think about all the ways polyurethane is used:

-Polyurethane is used in boots, shoes, and costumes to create a realistic leather look. For costumes, synthetic leather can be more cost-effective than leather. Polyurethane faux leather is durable enough to hold up through multiple masquerade parties, trick or treat outings or throughout haunted house attractions.

-Whether it’s evil, grinning witches or ancient-looking tombstones, polyurethane foam...

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Category: Apparel

Supporting Modern American Architecture

When it comes to insulating a home, spray polyurethane foam (SPF)  insulation is becoming as integral to the building process as good old fashioned bricks and mortar.

Contributing to American Design Excellence

The 2014 New American Home, located near Las Vegas, is considered one of America’s premier show homes. Produced and presented by the National Association of Home Builders, Leading Suppliers Council and Builder magazine, this modern 7,400-square-foot abode has all the comforts of home. Helping to make it so comfortable is SPF insulation.

Bayer provided its Bayseal® open-cell SPF insulation for the walls, as well as its Bayseal®...

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Category: Architecture, Home Builders

Breathing Down the Necks of Counterfeiters

A technology developed by a team at the University of Michigan, along with research partners in South Korea, has used polyurethane as part of a label that cannot be easily copied. 

 An array of tiny pillars on the top of a surface — comparable to a sub-microscopic toothbrush, says the team — hides the image beneath. When moisture from a breath gets between the minute polyurethane pillars, the image is revealed.

These labels could be produced and inserted into a variety of consumer goods and packaging including, pharmaceuticals, clothes, sneakers, and handbags. The durability of polyurethane ensures that the labels...

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Category: Innovation Bonds