By David Reed, UT EditorLondon-Three polyurethane-related developments were specifically highlighted in a list of more than two dozen ‘Headlines for the next 50 years,’ according to plastics industry experts consulted by Plastics Technology magazine. And they could also feature in several other ‘headlines,’ the on-line article suggested (Visit http://www.plasticstechnology.com/articles/200512fa1.html for further details).The PU headlines were:* Soybean-Based Polyols Win in PUR;* PUR Car Tires Replace Rubber; and* PUR Composites Build Homes.They were suggested by experts with, respectively, Dow Polyurethanes, Amerityre Corp. and Bayer MaterialScience and, of course, have been covered in earlier issues of Urethanes Technology.The use of soy bean and other natural oils to make polyols has been around some time, with UT’s first mention of soy beans being back in 1999 (UT Oct/Nov 1999, p14). The Plastics Technology listing cited Dow Polyurethanes’ more recent foray into the sector, also reported in UT (UT Aug/Sep 2005, p34).Similarly, Amerityre is a familiar name in our pages, with its chequered history rating mentions as far back as 1997 (UT Aug/Sep 1997, p18), with more recent reports by UT in 1999 (UT Oct/Nov 1999, p14), highlighting Amerityre’s claims to have made viable PU tyres using rotational casting with pre-placed reinforcement inserts. Most recently, we reported Amerityre’s claims that US testing has shown these tyres to meet FMVSS 109 performance requirements (UT Oct/Nov 2005, p27).Finally, the use of PU-based composites in home construction was touted by “sources at Bayer MaterialScience,” who suggested urethanes would be used “from the front door to the roof.” The magazine also drew attention to the potential applications of Polyurethane wood” which it says has just hit the market in the form of LifeTime Lumber from Century Products llc of Anaheim, California, made of Bayer’s PUR, fly ash, and glass fibre. Prof. Shutov, driving force behind this development, spoke to Urethanes Technology earlier this year, see UT Feb/March 2005, p16).Don’t forget folks, the future of polyurethanes industry starts here, with Urethanes Technology magazine and our website: www.urethanes-technology.com”
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