Polyurethane: the innovation material


This is not the space age nor the computer age, but the age of polyurethane chemistry. Polyurethane is everywhere. We come into contact with it in all aspects of daily life. It’s in the cars we drive, the ships we sail, the houses we live in, our offices and our schools. We sleep on it, sit on it and wear it. It keeps our food fresh, protects coastlines, assists the medical industry and gives fire fighters an essential piece of safety equipment. And yes, it is a vital component of the space program and in every computer on every desk.


Polyurethane chemistry has enabled designers, engineers, and architects to enjoy the freedom of having materials that that can be made to any shape and with almost any texture. Manufacturers and builders have a material that allows them to operate more efficiently and make products more cost effectively. Consumers have a life more convenient and more comfortable than ever before in human history.


Polyurethane has helped reduce the human carbon footprint. Due to its remarkable properties it is able to replicate substances like wood, stone and rubber, leaving those natural resources undisturbed. It helps enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and the fuel efficiency of vehicles to reduce our use of fossil fuels. It is used to protect coastlines from storm damage and to stabilize river-beds, while still encouraging micro marine life to flourish in its environment.


Polyurethane is the stuff from which innovation is made and it is the material from which the future will be formed.