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CPI to Recognize Achievements at Annual Technical Conference

WASHINGTON (April 3, 2013) - The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council today announced the call for entries for its 2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award . The award winner will be announced during the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference , which runs from Sept. 23 to 25 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix. Nominations for this year's award must be received by CPI no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 18Click here for the award rules and entry form.

"The creativity and resourcefulness of both companies and individuals within our industry is what makes polyurethanes and its downstream products so exceptional," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. "CPI's annual Polyurethane Innovation Award honors the uniqueness of these visionary technologies, products and initiatives in the global polyurethanes industry as well as the benefits they will bring to both the industry and society."

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

Award Selection

All eligible submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain. Judges will evaluate all entries based on impact on the polyurethanes industry, uniqueness of the innovation, quality of the science and societal impact. In addition, conference attendees will vote for one of three finalists during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference's opening session on Monday, Sept. 23. The judges' scores will represent 2/3 of the final score, and the conference attendees' votes will count toward the final 1/3 of the score to determine the 2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award winner.

Award Notification

Finalists will be notified by July 25 and will receive one complimentary, full registration to the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Phoenix. During the opening session of the conference, finalists will give a four-minute presentation on their innovation, which will also be featured during the conference poster sessions. The winner of the 2013 Innovation Award will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, during the closing session of the conference.

The 2012 Innovation Award winner, Huntsman's VITROX® Composite Resins, will also be showcased at this year's conference.

How to Enter

Companies or individuals interested in entering the award program must submit an application no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 18. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. Details on the award, including an entry form, can be found on CPI's Website .
For more information on the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, including sponsorship opportunities, click here . Get the latest updates and conference news on  LinkedIn and Twitter. Follow  @AmChemEvents and use the hashtag #PUtech to join the conversation.


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