ARLINGTON, VA – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has named six finalists for the 2009 Polyurethane Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize and reward the role that innovation plays in advancing the polyurethanes industry. This year, the awards have two categories: Polyurethane Chemicals and Finished Products.
In the Polyurethane Chemicals category, DuPont was selected for its introduction of Cerenol®, a family of engineered renewably sourced polyetherdiols. Foam Supplies Inc. was chosen for its development of Ecomate®, a blowing agent for polyurethane foams that can be used in a wide variety of polyurethane foam applications, including appliances, marine flotation, doors and building panels. The third finalist, Polymate-INRC, elaborates on the advanced technology of nonisocyanate polyurethanes production with two-component binders that combine mechanical properties of polyurethanes and chemical resistance of epoxy binders.
In the Finished Product category, BASF Corp. has been selected as a finalist for its light-stable, aliphatic polyurethane framed skylight for both residential and commercial applications, encapsulated with Colofast® aliphatic RIM polyurethane. Icynene Inc. has increased the marketplace’s reference level for “green” insulation with its spray-foam technology, Icynene LD-R-50™, a renewable-based, light density, water-blown spray-foam insulation and air barrier material. The third finalist is Fenner Precision® for its design and development of a polyurethane tank tire wheel for the U.S. military’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Conference attendees will vote on Oct. 5 and 6, and winners will be announced Oct. 7, during the closing session of the Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference.