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Timeline of Polyurethane Applications

Timeline of Polyurethane Applications
Update Time:2017-06-21

Timeline of Polyurethane Applications


1937
Dr. Otto Bayer discovers the basic polyurethane chemistry. I.G. Farben (Bayer) patents the process

1940
Rigid foam first introduced for aircraft

1941
Adhesive between rubber, metal and glass

1948
First insulation application – a beer barrel

1949
Vulcanized rollable polyurethane rubber

1953
Shoe soles – Synthetic leather

1954
Foam cushions

1958
Introduction of Spandex fiber

1960
Steel sandwich building panels

1966
Integral skin for armrests and shoe soles

1969
Automobile bumpers

1970
Imitation wood
Orthopedics and medical applications

1979
Spray building insulation

1981
Surfboards

1985
Energy absorbing foams for passenger safety

1993
Thin wall medical hoses i.e. catheters

1995
Bicycle tires

2001
Automobile tires