Polyurethane is a unique material that offers the elasticity of rubber combined with the toughness and durability of metal. Because urethane is available in a very broad hardness range (eraser-soft to bowling-ball-hard), it can replace rubber, plastic or metal while providing improved abrasion resistance and physical properties. Available in sheet, bar, rod, tube & parts.
Polyurethanes are used in all types of industries and are ubiquitous in modern life from the insulation in your home to the parts in the car that you drive. Polyurethane is also used to make shoes, skateboards, and medical supplies. Why is this material such a popular choice among manufacturers in all industries?
Polyurethanes were invented back in the 1930s by Professor Dr. Otto Bayer (1902-1982). There are various types of polyurethanes, which look and feel very different from each other. They are used in a diversity of products, from coatings and adhesives to shoe soles, mattresses and foam insulation. However, the basic chemistry of each type is essentially the same.