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Discussion Focuses on Industry Efforts to Decrease Environmental Impacts 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2012) - This year's  Polyurethanes Technical Conference showcases the industry's latest advancements in energy efficiency and efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the appliance sector. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will take place Sept. 24 to 26 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta .

"The polyurethanes industry is constantly innovating, creating new products and technologies that improve energy efficiency, particularly in the appliance sector," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "Conference attendees can look forward to hearing about the latest research and technologies that will have a positive impact on both end-use consumers and the environment."

Featuring more than 55 technical presentations, the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will provide both appliance and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. This year's appliances/energy critical session features five papers that highlight recent advances in low global warming-potential (GWP) blowing agents.

  • Researchers from  Honeywell will discuss Solstice LBA, their liquid, low GWP blowing agent, and its applications, as well as the resulting performance improvements in insulation.

  • Researchers from Arkema, Inc.BASF Corporation and  Whirlpool Corporation will explore AFA-L1, a low GWP blowing agent for the appliance industry, and its performance in residential refrigerators.

  • A scientist from  Foam Supplies Inc. will lead a discussion on the latest blowing agent blends used in refrigeration, including recent research into the use of hydrofluoroolefins.

  • Scientists from  The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Italia S.r.l. will examine Formacel® 1100, a liquid hydrofluoroolefin with ultra-low GWP, as a drop-in solution replacing both hydrofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons in rigid polyurethane insulating foams in domestic appliances.

  • A researcher from  Bayer MaterialScience LLC will discuss the effects of processing variables on a polyurethane foam system blown with cyclopentane, which has a low GWP.

In addition to the technical sessions, the conference will showcase advancements in the industry through the annual Polyurethane Innovation Award , which is presented during the conference's closing session. Innovation Award entries are due to CPI by June 29. See the new  Program Overview for more details about the technical sessions, Professional Development Program courses, speakers and other events surrounding the Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Registration  for the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference is now open. Several sponsorship opportunities , including table top exhibition space , are still available. In addition,  poster submissions will be accepted through Aug. 22. For more information on the conference or to register, visit CPI's Website .

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