The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council serves as the voice of the polyurethanes industry in North America, promoting sustainable development and coordinating with polyurethane trade associations across the globe.
Its members include the nation’s leading producers and distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane and manufacture polyurethane products. CPI’s member companies supply polyurethane raw materials and additives; manufacture polyurethanes; produce machinery used in the manufacture or processing of polyurethanes; or engage in the business of applying polyurethane products in end-use applications. The top end-use markets for polyurethane consumption (in descending order) are building and construction, transportation, and furniture and bedding. CPI offers a variety of environmental, health and safety programs because polyurethane raw material suppliers and manufacturers strive to be leaders in product stewardship.
CPI helps build a stronger foundation for sustainable polyurethane chemistry by advocating for science-based research, reinforcing its commitment to environmental sustainability, fostering product health and safety, and supporting outreach and education. CPI's critical issues include combustibility; environment, health and safety; recycling and recovery; building codes and standards; energy and climate change; chemical regulation; furniture and bedding, appliances and transportation.
The polyurethanes industry supports research and initiatives that serve its communities and customers. The business of polyurethanes is a $71.9 billion enterprise and a key element of the U.S. economy. The industry directly employs more than 235,000 Americans and operates in more than 1,000 locations and directly generates $26.5 billion in output and 46,500 jobs in the United States. A major job creator in the United States, each job in the polyurethanes industry yields five more jobs indirectly. This is known as the multiplier effect, where the spending activity generated by an industry is used to support other industries and jobs through purchases of supplies, equipment, services, etc. and wages to employees which are spent on consumer goods and services, housing, etc.
CPI and its predecessor organizations have represented the American polyurethanes industry for more than half a century. As society and the economy change, CPI will continue to adapt and advance to meet the needs of the polyurethanes industry for the next 50 years.