Polyurethanes: foam and more
With its largest segment, Polyurethanes (PUR), Covestro is the global leader in the development, production and marketing of polyurethanes, a class of plastics discovered in 1937 at Covestro’s predecessor company in Leverkusen. Since then, the versatile material has found its way into many areas of modern life – be it in the form of soft or rigid foam or as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
Polyurethanes essentially are made from two components, polyol and isocyanate, which Covestro manufactures. Added to the combination of these two are various ingredients or additives.
Our scientists work on ever new components and combinations of these ingredients to bring the final touch to the resulting product. This may be stiffness of soft foams or the size of the foam’s pores, for example.