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Polyurethane Innovation Award Program

Polyurethane Innovation Award Logo

Each year, CPI presents the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, which highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethanes industry and recognizes companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies, and initiatives to the marketplace. CPI presents the Innovation Award at the annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference.


Entries must qualify for each of the following criteria:

  • Products must have entered the market, for the first time, between June 19, 2022 and June 20, 2024.
  • Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission.
  • Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture are required to relate to polyurethane chemistry, which the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) expressly defines, for purposes of this Award, as the reaction of an isocyanate with a polyol. Innovations in polyurethane chemistry could include finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment.
Selection of Finalists:

A panel of judges, comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain, will evaluate all eligible submissions. Judges will evaluate and score all entries based on impact on the polyurethanes industry, uniqueness of the innovation, quality of the science and societal impact. The three submissions with the highest scores will be selected as finalists for the Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Voting Process:

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award takes place during the Opening of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Each individual Conference registrant can cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes receives an additional 20 points added to the judges’ score. The Innovation with the highest total score is deemed the winner and announced during conclusion of the Conference at the Awards Luncheon.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner is:

  • Presented an award during the Awards Luncheon of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference;
  • Announced in a CPI news release distributed to the media;
  • Featured on the Innovation Award page of the CPI website through which visitors will be able to learn more about the innovation;
  • Provided use of the Polyurethane Innovation Award logo to showcase its achievement;
  • Provided one complimentary registration to the following year's Conference;
  • Showcased at the following year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference.