If polyurethanes are a business where megatrends are important, then the influence of the Chinese market on the sector could probably be considered a single megatrend in its own right.
Superior Tire & Rubber Corp. has purchased nine acres and a 15 000-ft2 facility, which it will expand by 50 000-ft2
While just about everyone active in the PU sector knows that many polyurethane components are made in the form of fibre reinforced composites, it is also true that polyurethane’s position in the spectrum of composites is rather ill defined.
Diversity is the key to success in the US flexible foam market, PFA delegates heard in early May.
As we move into 2012, and many in the PU sector look forward to meeting up at UTECH Europe 2012 in Maastricht, Urethanes Technology International took the opportunity to ask industry representatives about the sector’s prospects for this year.
Although recent publicity about the work of Dr Geoff Robson at Manchester University produced headlines about composting sofas, his work was not based on flexible foam, but on a generic polyester-polyol-based PU material.
Polyurea coatings can have their water resistance enhanced with the right choice of polyamine.
Phillips, a medical doctor, has spent 16 years developing his idea – “a skin to cover a motorcycle helmet, which mimics the action of the skin on the skull,” into a technological reality.
Scientists at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh have recently synthesised a polyurethane/polyacrylate material that could offer a breakthrough in protection from terrorist attacks.
Insulation saves energy, but because it’s both passive and not seen, it rarely gets the attention it deserves and can be overshadowed by eco bling in the green building scene