Polyurethane Innovation Award

Center for Polyurethanes Industry Announces Finalists for Prestigious Innovation Award

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) announced the finalists for the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award, selecting innovations created by Dow Chemical, Honeywell and Novomer.

2015 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 sponsors the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, which highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethane industry and recognizes 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 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center, Orlando, FL October 5-7.


All entries for the 2015 Award are required to represent new innovations that had not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award and had not been available for commercial sales longer than 15 months prior to June 19, 2015 (not introduced to market before March 19, 2014).

Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture are required to relate to polyurethane chemistry, which is expressly defined 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 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 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award. 

Voting Process

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, October 5. Each individual Conference registrant attending the Opening Session may cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes will receive an additional 20 points that will be added to the judges’ score. The innovation with the highest total score will be deemed the winner and announced on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, during the Closing Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2015 Polyurethanes Innovation Award will be announced on October 7. The winner will be:

  • Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference;
  • Announced in a CPI news release distributed to the media;
  • Featured on a special innovation page of the CPI website through which visitors will be able to learn more about the innovation;
  • Provided one complimentary registration to the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on September 26-28, in Baltimore, MD; and
  • Showcased at the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Any changes to these dates or policies will be posted on the CPI website,

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. These materials will not be returned to you.

Finalists will be announced in August.

More Information

For more information regarding the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, contact:
Lee Krinzman
Tel: (202) 249-6605

Congratulations to Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands,
winners of the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award
for its polyurethane applications for improving oil productivity
and the sustainability profile of the hydraulic fracturing process.