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CPI Announces Finalists for 2012 Polyurethane Innovation Award


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Email: Marie_Francis@americanchemistry.com

Boral Composites, Huntsman and Reverdia Named Finalists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 20, 2012) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced the finalists for the 2012 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Boral Composites, Inc., Huntsman and Reverdia are this year’s finalists for the coveted Polyurethane Innovation Award and are each being recognized for their forward thinking advancements to the broader polyurethanes field. Attendees at the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which runs from September 24 to 26 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, will have the opportunity to vote for one nominee during the conference’s opening session. The winner will be announced during the closing session on September 26.

“This year’s nominees for the Polyurethanes Innovation Award exceeded expectations once again. Our three finalists have each offered a product or technology that provides something truly unique and innovative to the industry. We offer our congratulations to Boral Composites, Huntsman and Reverdia on their exceptional work,” said CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone. “As we celebrate 75 years of polyurethanes, we’ll see firsthand how continuous innovation has kept this industry strong and given it longevity. These finalists show the industry’s tradition of innovation and advancement remains strong today.”

  • Boral Composites, Inc. was nominated for its TruExterior® Trim. “Boral TruExterior® Trim uses a new proprietary urethane technology to create a composite decorative exterior trim that offers phenomenal performance, remarkable workability and a lasting look for new home construction and/or remodeling.  The unique composite structure means Boral TruExterior Trim has exceptional durability and is resistant to rotting, moisture absorption, cracking, splitting, and is virtually free from termite, fungus and mold attack,” said Boral Composites, Inc.

  • Huntsman was nominated for its VITROX® Composite Resins. “In the trenchless pipe repair market, cure-in-place pipe (CIPP) systems are a popular choice. Huntsman’s VITROX resin is a polyurethane-based pipe repair resin,” said Huntsman.  VITROX resin provides a long handling windo, fast curing time and excellent high temperature resistance properties, according to Huntsman.

  • Reverdia was nominated for its Biosuccinium™ product. According to Reverdia, Biosuccinium is a 100% bio-based and sustainable succinic acid that enables the manufacture of polyester polyol based polyurethane products with low environmental footprints. “Biosuccinium sustainable succini acid is produced by Reverdia from renewable, plant-based resources which are converted using a unique, proprietary, low pH, yeast technology, biotechnology process,” Reverdia said.

Award Selection

All eligible submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain. Judges evaluate and score all entries based on impact on the polyurethanes industry, uniqueness of the innovation, quality of the science and societal impact. The three submissions with the highest scores were selected as finalists to be considered for the 2012 Polyurethane Innovation Award.  

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, September 24. Each individual conference registrant attending the Opening Session may cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes from the audience will receive an additional 20 points to be added to the score from the judges. The innovation with the highest total score will be deemed the winner and announced on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, during the Closing Session of the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Eligibility

Award entries in polyurethane chemistry may include finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment. Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture must relate to polyurethane chemistry defined as the reaction of an isocyanate with a polyol.

Entries for 2012 were required to represent new innovations that had not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award and had not been available for commercial sales longer than 15 months prior to June 29, 2012.

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