2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is proud of our industry’s continued leadership in innovative solutions and advances in technology. Each year, CPI holds the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, which highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethane industry by recognizing companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace. CPI will present this year’s Innovation Award at the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona, September 23 – 25.
2013 Polyurethane Innovation Award Finalists
The judging panel has reviewed the many unique and interesting entries, assigned scores of up to 40 points to each entry, and selected three innovations which they believe are most unique and will have the greatest impact on society and on the polyurethanes industry. The three finalists are:
Romeo Rim, Inc.: Class A, In-mold Decorated Long Fiber Injection
“Long Fiber Injection (LFI) is a material system that combines structural foam polyurethane with long glass strands to create a light weight structural part. Due to the glass concentration, class A surface finishes were not feasible in the past. After three years of development, Romeo RIM has commercialized a class A LFI system that is decorated in-mold with the largest, most technologically advanced equipment in the world.”
TSE Industries, Inc.: High Performance Polyurethane Thermoset Resin for Filament Winding of Fiberglass Reinforced Pipes and Pressure Vessels
“TSE Industries Inc., Clearwater FL, USA, has pioneered the development of a new, high performance polyurethane resin system for filament winding applications, like pipes and piping systems, tanks and pressure vessels.”
INVISTA: New Aromatic Polyester Polyols
“Terate HT polyols from INVISTA are a new line of aromatic polyester polyols based on an innovative chemistry platform for use in polyurethane applications. Designed at a molecular level, Terate® HT polyols offer performance advances while retaining many of the benefits of INVISTA’s traditional Terate® polyols such as high foam compressive strengths, high weight and volume retention in fire and smoke testing.”
Each finalist will prepare a poster describing the innovation that will be on display at the conference. During the Opening Session of the conference, each finalist will share a three minute multimedia presentation detailing the uniqueness and impact of the innovation, along with the benefits it will bring to the industry and society.
Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, September 23. Each individual conference registrant attending the Opening Session may cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes from the audience will receive an additional 20 points to be added to the score from the judges. The innovation with the highest total score will be deemed the winner and announced on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, during the Closing Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.
The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner
The winner of the 2013 Polyurethanes Innovation Award will be announced on September 25. The winner will be:
- Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
- Announced in a CPI news release distributed to the media
- Highlighted on a special innovation page of CPI’s website in which visitors will be able to learn more about the innovation
- Provided one complimentary registration to the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on September 22 – 24, 2014, in Dallas, Texas.
- Showcased at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
Any changes to these dates or policies will be posted on the CPI website, www.polyurethane.org.
For any and all materials submitted to ACC to support or promote your submission to the Innovation Award program, you grant to ACC a royalty-free license to use these materials in any and all means and manner we deem fit and in all markets and media now known or hereafter devised, without additional consideration.
For more information regarding the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, contact:
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry
700 2nd St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 249-6604
Congratulations to Huntsman for winning the 2012 Polyurethane
Innovation Award for its VITROX® Composite Resins!