WASHINGTON – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced the finalists for the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award, selecting innovations created by Dow Chemical, Honeywell and Novomer.

Since its inception in 2005, the Polyurethane Innovation Award has highlighted the role that innovation plays in the polyurethanes industry, and recognized companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace. The award is presented annually at CPI’s Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

“Each year, the selection process gets tougher as companies from all corners of the polyurethanes industry continue to raise the bar creating incredible innovations and developments,” said Lee Salamone, Senior Director of CPI. “All of this year’s submissions represented the best of the best in our industry, and CPI congratulates Dow Chemical, Honeywell and Novomer on their selection as finalists.”

One of the finalists for this year’s award is Dow Chemical’s VORASTAR™ 7000 spray elastomer, which represents a novel class of hydrophobic, alcohol terminated polymer resins that can be formulated as spray-applied polyurea coatings. VORASTAR 7000 creates a coating that exhibits improved resistance to moisture and concentrated aqueous acids, as well as upgraded adhesive properties with steel, retention of adhesion after long-term immersion testing, and improved flexibility and durability. When used as a coating material, it can provide protection to infrastructure in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries.

Also selected as a finalist is Honeywell’s Solstice® liquid blowing agent (LBA), a polyurethane foam blowing agent used in insulation applications, including in appliances and spray foam, enabling the attainment of higher energy standards.

Novomer’s Converge® Polyol RF-x polyisocyanurate rigid (PIR) foams have also been selected as a finalist for the award. These foams represent an optimized material that allows foam manufacturers to process PIRs with traditional equipment and processing conditions while still benefiting from properties derived from polypropylene carbonate polyols.

The three commercial technologies will be presented during the Opening Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, to be held October 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando.

Attendees at the Opening Session will vote for their favorite nominee, and those tallies will be combined with scores from professional judges to determine the winner. The award winner will be announced during the conference’s Closing Session on October 7. To be considered for the Polyurethane Innovation Award, technologies must have pertained to polyurethane chemistry, defined as the reaction of an isocyanate with a polyol, and must have been commercialized no more than 15 months prior to June 19, 2015. Eligible award entries may include finished products and manufacturing initiatives, training or education programs, and processes or processing equipment.

Those interested in attending the conference can view the full conference agenda and register through the conference website.