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Polyols for flexible foam
With a global presence, a polyether polyol manufacturing experience stretching back more than 50 years, and expanding production capacity, the Shell chemicals companies comprise one of the world's leading flexible foam polyether polyol producers.
Shell chemicals companies produce a wide range of polyether polyols to suit customers’ varying requirements in respect of processing latitudes and end use properties. As well as producing conventional polyols, we offer co-polymer polyols with varying Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) solids content to enhance the foam's load-bearing capacity. We also offer polyols for producing High Resilience (HR) foams with improved comfort characteristics as well as polyols to produce moulded foams.
Link to an overview of our grades and their properties
Have you ever thought what your average day would look like without a mattress? A comfortable sofa? A car seat? Dishwashing sponges?
Polyurethane (PU) flexible foams are lightweight, durable and have excellent energy absorbing characteristics. CARADOL* polyether polyols are the main base material for polyurethane flexible foams used, in applications such as:
- Automotive seats, interior parts and sound deadening
- Upholstered furniture
Research and Technical Services
The knowledge and expertise gained from years of technical service provision and focused R&D programmes is shared by Shell chemicals companies with select customers and presented at global polyurethane conferences and exhibitions.
If you’re a Shell Chemicals customer and would like more information about our technical services, recently presented papers and ongoing research programmes, your local Shell chemicals company representative will be pleased to provide you with the information you need. Copies of these papers are also available to customers on the Customer Lounge website.
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