Category Archives: Sports goods

Euro 2012: Das Polyurethan-Ball ist rund

Football. It’s the world’s most popular sport with over 250 million players in over 200 countries. Its popularity stems from … Continue reading...

Racing to safety: Formula 1 adopts polyurethane safety blocks

Singapore, Silverstone, Monaco, Monza, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi – all these places have at least two things in common: they all … Continue reading...

Polyurethane plastic pants – going swimmingly

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the developed world. An innovative program, Safe@sea, is aiming … Continue reading...

Let’em ride! Or what skateboarding owes polyurethanes

For anyone who’s grown up in the past generation, Tony Hawk has been a familiar household name. So it’s hard … Continue reading...

10 Polyurethane applications you would not have thought of

We recently came across this really nice video about chemistry and some of the stuff that comes from it. It would of take way more than 3 minutes and 30 seconds to provide the full picture but it already does a good job at illustrating, in a very didactic way, a few applications which would not exist without the innovative work of chemical engineers and designers. Looking at this we were reflecting on the general lack of understanding of the role of chemistry in our daily lives. We can’t really expect people to get excited about knowing what everything is made of, and their properties. But basic knowledge of what a product is made of does help a consumer’s decision. Polyurethanes are a good example: think about energy efficiency gains through their use as a powerful insulation material, be it in buildings or in the cold-food chain. To illustrate this in our own way, we drew up a list of stuff where polyurethanes are the key component.

From polyurethanes to the Beach Boys: shaping a popular surf culture

“On 10 July 2011, surfers around the world will celebrate International Surfing Day. To take part we thought we would talk about the most important thing for a surfer – besides flare and waves – his board. Most surfboard owners may not know it but, there is a great chance that their board is made of polyurethane as it is most widespread material used to make surfboards.”