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Our range of zipped ring binders includes folders manufactured in a range of materials, but our most popular are those made from leather look PU, due to their affordable pricing. We offer brandable PU zipped ring binders starting from just £5.68.

What is PU Leather?

PU leather (also known as polyurethane leather or bicast leather) is a leather look material made from a backing of split leather or polyester covered with a layer of polyurethane. The polyurethane is embossed to give the surface the appearance of leather. The material has a smooth and consistent texture, is easy to clean, highly versatile and cheap to produce.

A Short History of Polyurethane

Polyurethane (PU) was first produced by German chemist Otto Bayer in 1937. The new polymer was initially utilised to create flexible foams, which were used as aircraft coating during World War II, but other uses were soon identified for this resilient, flexible and durable material. 
In the 1950s leading chemical companies including DuPont and Dow Chemical began making polyurethane chemicals. These included semi rigid foams, which could be applied as high performance insulation materials and used to create automotive interior safety components, such as instrument and door panels. In 1960 more than 45,000 metric tons of flexible polyurethane foams were produced. Bayer went on to add fillers such as milled glass and mineral fibres to the foam, which gave rise to foam with greater stiffness and thermal stability. This foam could be injected moulded to manufacture car parts and in 1983 this technology was used to make the first plastic-body automobile in the United States, the Pontiac Fiero. 
Further adaptions means Polyurethane can now take the place of paint, cotton, rubber, metal or wood in thousands of applications from airplane wings to our conference folders.

Personalising Your Zipped Ring Binder

Binders made from leather look PU are not only cost effective, they offer the advantage of being available in a selection of colours, as well as providing a choice of branding options. Your folder can be printed with your logo or, alternatively, for a high quality finish it can be embossed. Some models also offer the choice between matt or shiny finish and additional padding, for a more luxurious appearance. Your design can be produced in four weeks from artwork approval.
We can further enhance your corporate gift with the addition of printed pens and pads. For a tailored quote call 0800 169 0898 or email sales@leighmans.com.