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Submissions for Top Honor in the Polyurethanes Industry Now Being Accepted

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Honors Transformative Technologies and Practices in the Polyurethanes Industry

Ian Choiniere

WASHINGTON (March 14, 2022) — Applications for the 2022 Polyurethane Innovation Award are now being accepted through June 16, 2022. This award is presented by the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and is widely considered the industry’s top technical honor. The Award recognizes companies and individuals whose determination and vision bring to market innovative, life-enhancing products, technologies, and initiatives. 

“Last year’s conference was an exciting and successful return to in-person interaction, and with it came the return of our long-standing tradition of honoring the polyurethane industry’s top trailblazers for their transformative and visionary innovations,” said Lee Salamone, senior director, CPI. “Polyurethanes remain critical to helping improve our quality of life through providing solutions to many of today’s challenges. The Innovation Award recognizes those whose hard work, determination, and leadership propel the industry forward and help transform the idea of a sustainable future into a reality.”

The recipient of the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award was Huntsman Corporation and Pursell Agri-Tech, who were recognized for their joint development of PurActive™ - built with the RIMLINE® polyurethane system. PurActive™ is a polyurethane-based, controlled release fertilizer coating that aims to help address the needs of farmers by focusing on nutrient-use efficiency, increased yields, environmental pollution control, and manufacturing productivity.

Entries for the 2022 Innovation Award are required to represent new innovations that have not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award. Eligible innovations include finished products, chemistries, initiatives, training or education programs, processes, and processing equipment that have entered the market, for the first time, between June 17, 2020, and June 16, 2022. Companies or individuals must submit an application no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 16, 2022. To view entry requirements and apply for the Polyurethane Innovation Award, please see the Innovation Award submission form. CPI will present the Innovation Award at the conclusion of the 2022 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor in National Harbor, Md., on October 3-5.

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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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