look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers


Polyurethane Shines During National Piano Month

It’s National Piano Month, and polyurethane has an important part to play in making today’s pianos both tough and beautiful. The mirror-like finish on modern pianos is so sought after in furniture design it’s actually called “piano black,” and achieving it is quite a process.

First, the wood and fiberboard the piano is made of ARE planed and sanded as smooth as possible. Then, sprayed layers of primer and polyurethane coating are applied. Multiple layers are sprayed to build up a thick coat. While the surface may look shiny, it’s far from finished. The coating must be sanded and smoothed...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

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Polyurethane Cuts Statue Manufacturing Time in Half

An art studio that designs and manufactures statues worldwide has recently been making use polyurethane products. Its typical manufacturing process takes 6 to 8 weeks; however, since the integration of Alchemie’s PU 3676, statues are being completed in as little as 2 to 3 weeks.

PU 3676 is a low viscosity, two-component polyurethane system that can be used to produce patterns, molds, models and prototypes with excellent fine-detail replication. PU 3676 can be filled with mineral or metallic fillers for reduced shrinkage and has rapid demold times even when cast in thin sections. That’s truly incredible!

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Category: Architecture, Innovation Bonds

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DOW Chemical Helps Keep the “Cold Chain” Cold

Dow Chemical Co. introduced a new adhesive material called Monstergrip.  It can bond fiberglass panels to prepared spray foam insulation inside refrigerated trucks and trailers. Refrigerated trucks transport fresh and frozen food safely and efficiently as a key part of the “cold chain.”

Polyurethane keeps the cold in the cold food!

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Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

Prepare for this Year’s Memorial Day with Polyurethane

Summer is just around the corner! From helping your home stay nice and cool, to outdoor gear and fun in the sun, polyurethane is here to make your summer even more incredible.

The rigid polyurethane panels used for insulation in your home help to keep you nice and comfortable. And these polyurethane panels can drastically reduce energy usage and conserve natural resources.

Don’t forget about the summer block parties! Polyurethane is used in the coolers we use to keep our drinks and food cold while we’re out on the go in the summer months.

So whether you’re keeping...

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Category: Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo, everyone! Today, the holiday has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. A great way to celebrate the rich Mexican culture with friends and family is by hosting a party and taking advantage of polyurethane to make your celebrations even more festive.

Polyurethane can be found in a lot of party decorations since it is an incredibly durable and versatile material. Your guests will be able to enjoy all those colorful maracas and sombreros throughout the evening. Plus, durable protective coatings mean you can use the same decorations for future parties. 

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Category: Appliances, Innovation Bonds

Fun Facts About Polyurethane

Happy Friday, everyone! Here are five fun facts about polyurethane.

  • Polyurethane is a tremendously versatile material, capable of enormous variations in chemistry, structure and application. This is why creative minds gravitate towards it when exploring/investigating design solutions.
  • More than simply a standalone compound, polyurethane is often utilized to help other materials perform. In other words, polyurethane is a team player!
  • Advancements in polyurethane blends brought us spandex fibers.
  • Clear polyurethane topcoats enhance and help protect the bright, richly colored basecoats on many top-of-the-line automobiles.
  • Polyurethane products have ushered in a whole new era when it comes...

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    Category: Automotive, Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

  • Polyurethane Goes Gardening!

    Break out your gloves for National Gardening Month!

    Of all the tools you need for gardening, your gloves have to be one of the most important. Apart from keeping your hands clean, gardening gloves also help keep your hands dry and better protected from harsh and scratchy substances. Polyurethane gloves are also durable enough to help you pull out those stubborn weeds for many seasons!

    Polyurethane garden hoses are another essential gardening tool due to their flexible material. After being stretched to capacity, polyurethane hoses typically spring back into shape. How great is that?  Polyurethane helps reduce hoses’ weight, taking away a...

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    Category: Environment, Innovation Bonds

    National Guitar Month

    Happy National Guitar Month! Whether you play the guitar or any other instrument, you know that musicians prioritize keeping instruments in pristine condition!

    Did you know that polyurethane paints and coatings can be applied to the surface of guitars and other instruments for protection? Polyurethane coatings not only adhere well to wood and other materials, but they also provide extra durability to the structure of the instrument. Polyurethane paints and coatings also add a nice sheen to the surface of instruments so they can look as good as they sound!

    Polyurethane is also commonly used in the construction of musical...

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    Category: Innovation Bonds

    Polyurethane Covers the 2017 CoatingsTech Conference

    Polyurethane chemistry is commonly used for protective coatings and paints. Polyurethane materials are so versatile that they can easily cover many surface types, yet remain durable to protect that surface. So when you want to protect the bed of your pick-up truck or finally get around to refinishing that table – polyurethanes help make sure the surface stays in great condition!

    Chemists are always discovering new ways to use polyurethane in the paint and coatings industry, which is why we’re sure to find some PU chemistry at the2017 CoatingsTech Conference. The CoatingsTech conference showcases the paint and coatings...

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    Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Hosting a party to celebrate the fun holiday? Then you’ll need to bring out the green snacks, decorations and party favors!

    Did you know polyurethane can be found in a lot of the materials used for your best parties? Polyurethane is incredibly durable and versatile, which can help protect your leprechaun hats, shiny gold coins, and many other fun plastic decorations.

    Polyurethane is also found in the insulation of refrigerators and freezers, helping keep your drinks and snacks and fresh during and after the party. And it’s not a party without cold drinks and fresh...

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    Category: Innovation Bonds