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Romeo Rim, TSE Industries and INVISTA Named Finalists

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2013) - The  Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced Romeo RIM, Inc., TSE Industries, Inc. and INVISTA as the finalists for the 2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award . Attendees at the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference , which will take place Sept. 23 to 25 at the  Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, will have the opportunity to vote for one of these finalists during the conference's opening session on Monday, Sept. 23. The winner will be announced during the closing session on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

"The vision and forward thinking of each of these finalists truly made them stand out," said CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone. "Their achievements have helped advance the chemistry of polyurethanes and pioneer applications for polyurethane products, and demonstrate just how much our industry is thriving. We congratulate Romeo RIM, Inc., TSE Industries, Inc. and INVISTA Terate® Polyols on their extraordinary work."

The innovations selected as finalists for this year's coveted award are:

  • Romeo RIM, Inc.  for its class A, in-mold decorated long fiber injection system.
    "Long fiber injection (LFI) is a material system that combines structural foam polyurethane with long glass strands to create a light weight structural part. Due to the glass concentration, class A surface finishes were not feasible in the past. After three years of development, Romeo RIM has commercialized a class A LFI system that is decorated in-mold," said Romeo RIM, Inc.
  • TSE Industries, Inc.  for its new polyurethane thermoset resin for filament winding applications.
    "TSE Industries Inc., Clearwater Fla., USA, has pioneered the development of a new, high performance polyurethane resin system for filament winding applications, like pipes and piping systems, tanks and pressure vessels," said TSE Industries, Inc.
  • INVISTA Terate® Polyols   for its new Terate® HT polyols.
    "Terate® HT polyols from INVISTA are a new line of aromatic polyester polyols based on an innovative chemistry platform for use in polyurethane applications. Designed at a molecular level, Terate® HT polyols offer performance advances while retaining many of the benefits of INVISTA's traditional Terate® polyols such as high foam compressive strengths, high weight and volume retention in fire and smoke testing," said INVISTA Terate® Polyols.

Award Selection

A panel of judges, comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain, evaluates all eligible submissions. 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 2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award.  Each finalist will prepare a poster describing the innovation which will be on display at the conference.

Each finalist will share a three-minute presentation detailing the uniqueness and impact of the innovation, along with the benefits it will bring to the industry and society during the opening session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, Sept. 23. 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, Sept. 25, during the closing session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.


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

All entries for the 2013 award were required to represent new innovations that have not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award and had not been available for commercial sales longer than 15 months prior to June 18, 2013.


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