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23. Mar 2021 | Coatings Technologies

Five facts about polyurethane coatings

The total global demand for polyurethane coatings was over 2.5 million tonnes in 2019. They have a share of more than 16 % of the total coatings market. We have compiled five interesting facts about polyurethane coatings. 

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The largest sector for polyurethanes are wood coatings.
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Polyurethane coatings enjoy great popularity. They are robust and, thanks to their versatility, can be used in a wide range of applications. In addition to pure polyurethane coatings, mixed coatings are also very popular, such as acryl-polyurethane-coatings, which are particularly common in the automotive and transport sectors. Our graphics show these and other facts.

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The market for polyurethane coatings was about 2.5 million tonnes in 2019. 
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The global share of polyurethane coatings is about 16 %. 
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By far the most polyurethane coatings are consumed in industrial applications. 
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The largest share of polyurethane coatings are used in the wood coatings sector. 
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The largest share of polyurethane coatings is still solvent-borne. 
EC Library Polyurethanes



The chemistry of polyurethane coatings is of great significance in many applications worldwide. Moreover, their development potential has yet to be exhausted by any means. New applications are being identified and the product range will be further development. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the chemistry and the various possible application fields of polyurethanes. It starts by illustrating the principles of polyurethane chemistry, enabling the reader to understand the current significance of many applications and special developments. Newcomers learn about the key concepts of polyurethane chemistry and the main application technologies, while experienced specialists will value the insights on current trends and changes.

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