look what we did!Innovations From Polyurethane Manufacturers

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Polyurethane!

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Kick back and relax while polyurethane works to keep you comfortable and at ease!

Ready for your Labor Day cookout? Polyurethane works with all of your essential cookout needs— polyurethane is on the job for you.

Rigid polyurethane foam, which is used to insulate your fridge, keeps drinks cold and ready to drink.

So, enjoy an ice-cold drink this Labor Day weekend courtesy of polyurethane.

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Category: Appliances, Innovation Bonds

Polyurethane Rides in Style

Clear the streets – a new generation of vehicles will take over the road! This year, motor company Yamaha introduced its newest model of transportation: The 05GEN. What makes this “wearable mobility” function? Polyurethane.

The 05GEN is specially designed for comfort and convenience. Its three-wheeled design uses Elastollan, a thermoplastic polyurethane, as well as Infinergy, the world’s first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane. Elastollan enables Yamaha to use a variety of texture and colors on the 05GEN exterior, while Infinergy gives the tires more control for a smoother ride.

With polyurethane innovation in tow, the future of traveling has arrived.

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Category: Automotive, Innovation Bonds

Happy Aviation Day!

Leading polymer company Covestro partnered with Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg to create a revolutionary aircraft that would complete the first solar-powered, around-the-world flight. The plane, Solar Impulse, has become a technology driver for countless, everyday products through the use of innovative, efficient polyurethane products.

The plane’s solar cells generated electricity which was stored in heavy batteries, and to compensate for the added weight, the Solar Impulse needed lightweight and sustainable materials.  Polyurethane was the solution for such a lightweight demand. Polyurethane foam can be found in the Solar Impulse’s cockpit door and insulation.

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Category: Environment, Innovation Bonds

Take an Out-of-this-World Flight with Polyurethane

Ready, set, launch! Polyurethane is gearing up for lunar exploration. General Plastics and Orbital ATK (a space, defense, and aviation system company) have partnered with NASA to support NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).

The SLS is a 322-foot motor with polyurethane nozzle closures for its two booster rockets. The nozzles will be closed before use, and thanks to the incredible durability of polyurethane, better  sealed. Polyurethane foam protects the nozzles from moisture, foreign objects, and acts as a flame retardant.

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever flown with help from polyurethane’s strength and durability! Watch...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

There’s a New Star in Town—SealStar

A new all-purpose sealing system for polyurethane back-foaming is introduced to the world! SealStar —designed by KraussMaffei’s Reaction Process Machinery— helps provide a more secure seal in the molding process of incredible polyurethane. The SealStar makes the sealing process of polyurethane back-foaming molds more secure and efficient than ever before.

It is important for polyurethane back-foaming molds to be sealed tightly. Typically special inflatable standard sealing hoses made from silicone rubber or latex and available with or without a sealing cord, are inserted into the polyurethane back-foaming mold. This process helps ensure polyurethane does not leave the space...

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Category: Innovation Bonds

Buckle Up the Kids, and Polyurethane, for a Trip to the Beach

A family vacation to the beach is incomplete without polyurethane. Here’s how polyurethane can improve your trip to the beach this summer:

  • Sandless Beach Mat
  • You put down a beach towel or mat to avoid getting sandy. Thanks to specially woven polyurethane, a sandless beach mat will save you from being covered in sand. If any sand falls on the mat, it simply filters through. That’s pretty incredible!

  • Skim boards
  • Originally made from plywood, skim boards are now lightweight and more durable because of polyurethane foam cores. Weighing in at around 3 lbs. —compared to 20 lbs....

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    Category: Athletics, Innovation Bonds

    But What’s a Prepreg?

    Have you, or perhaps your kids, ever “accidentally” made a hole in the wall? Maybe someone threw a football in the house or a corner of some furniture knocked a dent into the wall during a move. To spot-treat this problem, you probably went to your local hardware store and picked up a home repair kit that included a mesh reinforcing fabric. Little-known fact: this reinforcing fabric is called a prepreg.

    Prepegs have become popular over the last few years because of their advantageous handling properties. However, there have been some downsides to prepreg technology when it comes to using...

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    Category: Home Builders, Innovation Bonds

    Polyurethane Embarks on the High Seas

    High-tech sailing takes on new waters! Evonik, a specialty chemical company, has joined forces with German-Danish sailing duo Team Gaebler to build the first SpeedFoiler catamaran. This state-of-the-art catamaran will almost fly over the water thanks to a revolutionary design and lightweight materials.   Their partnership with Evonik resulted in an exceptional catamaran, the SpeedFoiler, which is ultra-lightweight with the help of polyurethane materials.

    Polyurethane properties are so flexible and versatile, they allow for quicker production times in the stages of applying binders and laminates. So not only are the boats speedy to drive – they’re...

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    Category: Athletics, Innovation Bonds

    Polyurethane is Proud to Be American

    According to the American Chemistry Council, “The [polyurethanes] industry directly employs more than 235,200 Americans… [and] each job in the polyurethanes industry yields four more jobs indirectly.” However, you don’t have to work in the polyurethanes industry to see the benefits of polyurethane!

    Entrepreneurs Mike Robb and Tom Osborne of Cincinnati, Ohio, made polyurethane work for them. In 2014 they came up with the concept of the “beer blizzard.” While on a weekend camping trip, Mike and Tom realized the indented bottom of all beer cans had the same dome shape. As beer enthusiasts who hate hot beer,...

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    Category: Innovation Bonds

    We’re Going to Need a Versatile, Durable, Incredible Boat

    In the sprit of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, we wanted to take a look at all of the ways polyurethane makes our time on the water safer and more enjoyable. Polyurethane can be found in surfboards, athletic clothing, and floatation devices. Like in cars, polyurethane also plays many roles on boats.

    Comfortable Ride

    Boaters today can have the comforts of home inside nearly any seaworthy vessel, thanks in part to flexible polyurethane foam (FPF). It makes seat cushions and carpet pads firm but soft, and keeps bedding materials supportive and comfortable—and...

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    Category: Innovation Bonds