Polyurethane Benefits and Applications

Listed below are just a few of the benefits and properties that make urethanes one of the most versatile materials choices for almost any given application.

  • Very wide range of hardness and modulii to chose from.
  • Extremely tough, durable and hard wearing.
  • Excellent Impact, abrasion, cut, and tear resistance.
  • Typically out performs steel and rubber in many applications.
  • Superb resilience with elastonomeric memory.
  • Will not chunk out like rubber.
  • Have very high load bearing capabilities.
  • Great materials for dampening sound and vibrations.
  • Excellent chemical resistance to solvents and other materials.
  • Wide working temperature range (–30 deg. C to 80 deg. C ).
  • Good to Excellent UV and Hydrolytic stability depending on formulations.
  • Great electrical insulating properties.
  • Excellent Dynamic properties for severe flex fatigue applications.
  • Can be formulated to stretch up to 650% of its original length prior to failure.
  • Non-marking on nearly any surface.
  • Nearly any shape or configuration imaginable is possible to manufacture.
  • Relatively high tensile strength and low compression set properties.
  • Lower tooling costs than other moulding processes.
  • Economical for prototypes and low-volume production.

It is easy to see why urethanes are so popular.  If you have an application where one of these properties or benefits is crucial to your design please contact us and we will be happy to assist you in specifying the right urethane for your application.


Urethanes have been used with great success with these applications and countless others.

  • Tires, wheels, casters
  • Rollers, conveyors, cable carriers
  • Seals and Gaskets
  • Liners
  • Pumps
  • Impellers
  • Bushings
  • Screen Decks
  • Protective coatings / Protective panels
  • Bumpers
  • Dampeners
  • Antivibration pads
  • Insulators – Noise and Electrical
  • Roller Scrapers
  • Noise abatement
  • Chute and Conveyor liners and skirting
  • Non-marking, Non-damaging undercarriage components (Poly Pads)
  • Wear shoes and bars on street sweepers
  • Wear pads
  • Rods, blocks and sheeting

Polyurethane components are found in almost all industries and are used extensively in the automotive / transport industries, mining, paper and pulp, oil field supplies, metal forming parts, tooling and equipment, oil field supplies, steel industry, aerospace, hydraulics, railroads, marine and construction to name but a few.