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Meet ISOPA at UTECH 2015!

UTECH 2015, the leading international event for the polyurethanes industry, will take place in Maastricht on 14-15-16 April 2015.

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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.

The “dream reaction” – using CO2 as a raw material for even more sustainable polyurethanes

On 30 May 2011, Fiona Harvey from the Guardian warned about carbon dioxide (CO2) emission figures to be published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), and our prospects seem bleak, to say the least. A record 30.6 gigatonnes CO2, mostly from burning fossil fuels, was released into the atmosphere in 2010 according to the agency - the worst figures to date.