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Chemours Named Winner of 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Top CPI Award Presented at Technical Conference in New Orleans

Allison Edwards

WASHINGTON (October 4, 2017) – The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced that Chemours’ Opteon™ 1100 won the 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Chemours’ winning entry, one of three finalists, was announced during the closing session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in New Orleans, La.

“CPI commends Chemours for winning the 2017 Innovation Award,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “Chemours’ pioneering application of polyurethane chemistry is a testament to our industry’s commitment to technological progress and the hard work, expertise and creativity of so many individuals.” 

Chemours’ Opteon™ 1100 is a unique hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agent that addresses critical polyurethane industry needs, including formulation stability and flexibility with existing components, excellent materials compatibility, exceptional long-term insulation performance and a sustainable solution to meet changing regulatory requirements for low GWP products.

“Chemours is very excited and proud to be the 2017 CPI Innovation Award winner,” said Joyce Wallace, North American Marketing Manager for Chemours. “Opteon 1100 is an excellent example of true innovation that will take the PU industry to new heights – innovation for our customers and innovation for the world, keeping us warmer in the winter and allowing us to choose solutions that are better for our environment." 

This year’s Polyurethane Innovation Award finalists also included BASF’s Irgastab® PUR 70, an amine-free, aromatic solvents-free, anti-scorch system for Polyol and PUR foams, and Covestro’s PUReWall™, a new spray polyurethane foam (SPF) formulation that allows for residential wall panel production. 

“Each year, the CPI Innovation Award finalists represent our industry-wide drive to transform ideas into new products and technologies that enhance the quality of life,” Salamone said. “I’m thrilled to mark our 60th anniversary with such an incredible display of what’s possible when visionary members discover new applications of polyurethane chemistry.”

The 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference also featured 14 technical sessions, 18 posters and 73 exhibitors, as well as the Professional Development Program.

Be sure to follow CPI on LinkedIn and on Twitter at @ACCpolyurethane and #PolyCon2017 for conference updates and industry news.

Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI)

The business of polyurethane is an $89.3 billion enterprise and a key element of the U.S. economy. The industry directly employs over 260,000 Americans and operates in nearly 1,000 locations across the United States. A major job creator in the United States, each job in the polyurethanes industry yields nearly five more jobs indirectly.

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