Purpose of establishment

Sixty years ago, INOAC Corporation began production of polyurethane foam for the first time in Asia. Since then, uses for polyurethane foam have expanded widely, from everyday items to distribution, automotive parts and information equipment. The polyurethane industry is expected to continue contributing significantly to industrial growth through further development, even as it faces various environmental issues such as safety, cleanness, ecology and energy savings. Therefore, the entire industry needs to meet social requirements and issues such as global environmental conservation.

Against this backdrop, the International Polyurethane Technology Foundation was established with the aim of further development of and human resources development for studies on polyurethane for future growth of the polyurethane industry.


Our goal is to contribute to the growth of the global polymer chemistry field by providing research grants to universities, research institutions and individuals that are engaged in research and development that contribute to the expansion of polyurethane applications, including new technologies for polyurethane, and technologies to reduce polyurethane load on the global environment; fostering human resources for such research; and hosting, co-hosting and supporting research conferences in relation to polyurethane technologies.

Description of activities

  1. Providing research grants
    We provide research grants to universities, research institutions and individuals that are contributing or considered to contribute to the growth and environment-friendly research and development of polyurethane technologies.

  2. Hosting, co-hosting and supporting research forums on polyurethane technologies
    We bear expenses for the International Polyurethane Forum and other conferences for presentation of studies on polyurethane by hosting, co-hosting and supporting them.


Dec 1, 2014: International Polyurethane Technology Foundation established
May 18–19, 2015: International Polyurethane Forum 2015 held