Polyurethane keeps the boat afloat
BASF Elastoflex® flexible foams, with Elastoskin® polyurethane coverings and the Elastofoam® integral skin system can be found in seating for many boats because of their UV-resistance, durability and high resistance to water. They also give designers the flexibility to create a wider range of grain, texture and color surfaces, all using a single, in-mold process.
BASF Elastoflex flexible foams, combined with Elastoskin polyurethane coverings and the Elastofoam integral skin system can be found in seating for many of today's snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles because of their durability and UV and water resistance. They also give designers the flexibility to create a wider range of grain, texture and color surfaces, all using a single, in-mold process. BASF foams help keep passengers more comfortable for the long and short haul. They can be customized to create virtually any level of softness or firmness required, while meeting many standards without the need for additional flame retardants.
BASF Elastopor® systems are used to create MDI-based surfboard blanks that have proven to be popularly lightweight, durable and increasingly cost-effective.
Large ocean going ships and tankers achieve superior mechanical stress properties on their hulls with the Sandwich Plate System (SPS), where polyurethane foam is injected between the inner and outer hull plates, increasing strength and rigidity. SPS allows a vessel's hull to absorb impact energy and keep the ship operational.
Finally, with its good stability at low temperatures, Basotect® foam is suitable for insulating liquefied gas on tanker ships. The foam that is based on melamine resin retains its elasticity and thermal insulation properties even at -200°C.