Teflon™ Coatings in the Polyurethane Industry
POLYURETHANE FOAM MOLDING
A driving factor in Chemours' desire to develop Teflon™ coating solutions for the polyurethane foam mold release market is the report that "the one component polyurethane foam market is estimated at USD 2.38 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 3.37 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2017 to 2022." This projection can, in large part, be attributed to the rapid growth of the construction industry. Polyurethane foams are used in construction for insulation, sound absorption, various types of padding, and structural reinforcement. Outside of construction, polyurethane foam is an integral part of household appliances, automobiles, packaging, and footwear.
Typically, when using polyurethane foam, a release agent spray is needed to remove the foam from its mold. With a Teflon polyurethane release coating, the spray can be left out, which offers significant benefits to polyurethane foam manufacturers in the form of enhanced compliance with environmental regulation, improved safety conditions for employees, reductions in product defects, and the complete elimination of dry ice blasting.
Teflon can also be used to coat polyurethane mixing blades for easy cleaning. Hardened foam quickly builds up on the steel mixing blades, and the processes for removing it can be very time-consuming and labor-intensive. Teflon not only makes blade cleaning much easier but also extends the service life of the blades. One case study saw polyurethane foam production increase dramatically. By cleaning quickly between mixes with methylene chloride and paper towels, the company did up to 13 mixes in a single day.
Download the Mixing Blade Case Study here.
Chemours is proud to announce a product that demonstrates outstanding performance. It is a proprietary compound that offers excellent polyurethane foam mold release properties, durability, and stands up to repeated use.
Teflon End Uses
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