Lubrizol together with NIKE is helping protect front-line medical workers fighting against COVID-19. To support Nike’s effort to develop and donate full-face shields and powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to hospitals across several U.S. cities, Lubrizol donated thermoplastic Polyurethane polymers which is an important element in both pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Lubrizol Corporation is a provider of speciality chemicals for the transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These products include additives for – engine oils, other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products, pharmaceuticals, specialty materials including plastics technology and coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.
In addition to the PPE made from donated Thermoplastic polymer, the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) used in Nike Air soles is also being used in the shields. Nike will also manufacture PAPR helmets which are used in situations with the most airborne pathogen exposure and are essential to the most critical procedures and care of infected patients.