WASHINGTON – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Football Helmet Liner and Dow AQUACHILL™ Cool Coating for Comfier Bedding as the finalists for the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The award recognizes the most inventive commercial technologies over the past 12 months. The finalists this year made striking innovations in the polyurethane industry that increase the health and wellbeing of consumers.

The award will be presented to the winner during the 62nd Polyurethanes Technical Conference Oct. 7-9 in Orlando, Florida.

“The Polyurethane Innovation Award recognizes visionary and groundbreaking achievements within our industry,” said Lee Salamone, Senior Director, CPI. “This award showcases our industry’s proud commitment to developing and advancing technologies that raise our quality of life through sustainable and responsible practices. Our two finalists this year have made great strides innovating products that increase the health, safety and wellbeing of consumers, and we look forward to their presentations during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference’s Opening Session. CPI congratulates Riddell and Dow on being named finalists.”

AQUACHILL, a water-based phase change material (PCM) coating, maximizes initial and sustained cooling while providing breathability, optimal durability, best-in-class adhesion and minimal odor. Unlike traditional solvent-based coatings, AQUACHILL maintains its cooling power beyond the initial point-of-sale without expelling a significant odor, providing additional value to the end-consumer for a good night’s rest.