Polyurethanes timeline

1937

Dr. Otto Bayer discovers the basic polyurethane chemistry I.G. Farben

1940

Rigid foam first introduced into aircraft

1941

Adhesive between rubber, metal and glass

1948

First insulation application – a beer barrel

1949

Vulcanised rollable polyurethane rubber

1953

Polyurethane shoe soles are created as synthetic leather

1954

Cushions made from polyurethane foam

1958

Introduction of spandex fibre for clothing purposes

1959

Space suits with polyurethane lining developed by NASA for the Mercury mission

1960

Steel sandwich building panels begin

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