CPI Announces Finalists for 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced BASF, The Chemours Company, and Covestro as the three finalists for the Polyurethane Innovation Award. This desirable award is respected throughout the industry, and it will be presented during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference in October in New Orleans. It recognizes the past year’s most inventive commercial technology in the polyurethanes industry.

“When we think about the best aspects of the polyurethanes industry, we mean our commitment to developing and advancing technologies that enhance the quality of life” said Lee Salamone, CPI senior director. “And the Polyurethane Innovation Award aims to honor companies in that pursuit. CPI congratulates BASF, Chemours and Covestro on their innovations, and we look forward to their presentations during the Polyurethanes Technical Conference’s Opening Session.”

The innovations as described by the 2017 finalists are:

  • BASF’s Irgastab® PUR 70: A novel amine-free, aromatic solvents-free, anti-scorch system for Polyol and PUR foams, significantly reducing VOC, s-VOC and aldehyde emissions in automotive interiors
  • Chemours’ Opteon™ 1100: A unique hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)  blowing agent that addresses critical PU 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.
  • Covestro’s PUReWall™: A new, highly structural spray polyurethane foam (SPF) formulation allows for residential wall panel production, using polyisocyanurate (polyiso) rigid foam board and SPF instead of oriented strand board sheathing for structure.

Representatives from BASF, The Chemours Company, and Covestro will present their innovations during the Opening Session of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will be at the New Orleans Marriott from Oct. 2-4, 2017. Each conference attendee will have the opportunity to vote in favor of one finalist. The innovation with the most votes will receive 20 points that will be added to a panel of judges’ scores. The winner will be announced at the Conference’s Closing Session.

In addition to the Innovation award, the conference will feature more than 60 technical presentations, 14 technical sessions, the Polyurethane Professional Development Program and a Table Top Exhibition.

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