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Applications Accepted through June 17

WASHINGTON (April 6, 2017) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is now accepting applications for the eagerly anticipated annual Polyurethane Innovation Award. This annual industry-wide competition recognizes the most inventive technologies and other advances in the polyurethanes industry. Innovators are encouraged to act quickly and submit their applications before June 17th.

“The discovery of polyurethane chemistry was one of the most important events in the last 60 years,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “This incredibly versatile substance is critical to countless applications—from the soles of our shoes to the insulation in our houses to the protective coating on our cars’ exterior. The Innovation Award recognizes brilliant achievements in polyurethane chemistry that help push the boundaries of how polyurethane can make our lives better.”

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, taking place from Oct. 2nd through 4th at the New Orleans Marriott.

Last year, Shepherd Chemical Company took home the Innovation Award for its BiCATs™ 8840 and 8842 water stable bismuth catalysts for polyurethane formulations. Shepherd’s innovation demonstrates how a new additive can improve a product’s performance and environmental profile while responding to changing market dynamics and developments. This award-winning technology embodies the transformative power of polyurethanes.

To enter the awards program, companies or individuals must submit an application no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 17. Technologies submitted for consideration must have been commercialized no more than 15 months prior to June 17, 2017. 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. For full terms and conditions, please see the Innovation Award submission form.

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