Facts and figures on polyurethanes

There are lots of interesting facts about polyurethanes you may not know, but you can broaden your knowledge by taking a look at the selected list below.

There are also links below to informative fact sheets, which explain various aspects of the product in greater detail.

  • 1.6cm-thick polyurethane insulation has the same insulation efficiency as a 1.34m-thick concrete wall!
  • since 2003, all polyurethane foams have been HCFC-free in the EU.
  • the polyurethane industry employs over 800,000 people in the EU.
  • the first polyurethane surfboard was made and used in the 1950s.
  • because of the introduction of polyurethanes into refrigerators, models designated A++ today are 60% more efficient than refrigerators 15 years ago.
  • in 1973, roller skates were improved and popularised by the introduction of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) wheels and, later, TPU boots. Today they are known as Rollerblades.
  • the amount of energy used to produce enough polyurethane insulation for one house is subsequently saved in the space of just one year thanks to the insulation provided.
  • polyurethane is often referred to as PU or PUR.
  • since 1995, all polyurethane foams have been CFC-free in the EU. Since 2003, they have been HCFC free as well
  • that renewable raw materials can be used to produce foams for several applications such as mattresses
  • more and more dams and dykes are protected against storms with a PU-based solution

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Fact sheet links

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