2018 Call for Papers and Posters

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, offers the unique convergence of industry expertise, professional networking, and regulatory insight. Fostering both technical and professional development, the Polyurethanes Technical Conference is the premier destination to preview the polyurethanes technology of tomorrow and key information for today.

The 61st annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference was help in Atlanta, Georgia, from Monday, October 1, to Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

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The Conference

The exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of technical education sessions will showcase the most important and powerful topics our industry has to offer.  Papers and posters presented showcased breakthrough technology in areas across the industry including:

  • Applications: Automotive, Appliances/Cold Chain, Construction, Furnishings, Recreation, Clothing, Medical, Packaging
  • Product Areas: Adhesives & Sealants, Coatings & Elastomers, Binders, Flexible Foam, Rigid Foam, Thermoplastic Polyurethanes, Agriculture
  • Chemistry: Chemistry & Fundamentals, Diisocyanates, Renewable Content Polyols, Blowing Agents, Flame Retardants, Release Agents, Catalysts
  • Process: Processing Innovations, Equipment
  • Issue Areas: Combustibility, EHS, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability/Recyclability, Transportation

Our session speakers included some of the brightest minds in emerging polyurethanes technology, and our regulatory speakers hailed from governing bodies from North America and beyond. From professional development and technical discussions about chemistry, to big-picture analysis and key learning’s about recent industry trends, the Polyurethanes Technical Conference proved that the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America is also the most innovative.

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"In the video below, Marissa Tessman showcases how innovative the PU industry has become in recent years. Attendees to the CPI Technical Conference have the ability to network with one another, and discuss other ways in which PU can help make our lives better with Polyurethane. Marissa is one of many up and coming researchers who attend the conference, and is the next generation of innovators for the industry."

CPI Travel Honoraria:

Building upon CPI’s decade-long effort to expand access to the industry’s educational resources, CPI is thrilled to have offered travel honoraria for graduate students who would like to present and attend the Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Promoting PU-specific education programs and encouraging students to consider careers in in the polyurethane industry is critical for the future of the polyurethanes industry.

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CPI Conference Testimonial:

“In the past, we had to do a sales job to schedule appointments with our contacts and interest them in samples of our products. In 2016, we had almost continuous foot traffic at our exhibit booth and many potential customers were requesting samples of us. It was a great ice-breaker and opportunity to start talking mutual value right away.”

--Rob Hart, Head of R&D, The Shepherd Chemical Company

Polyurethane Innovation Award

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 presented this year’s Innovation Award at the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Atlanta Marriott, Atlanta Georgia, GA October 1-3, 2018.  

Finalists for the 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award

  • Demilec (USA) Inc.’s Heatlok® HFO: Heatlok® HFO delivers a zero ODP, ultra-low GWP and high renewable/recyclable closed-cell foam for the insulation industry. Heatlok® HFO High Lift, with its R-7.5/inch, provides breakthrough alternatives for the residential builder. Heatlok® HFO Pro, at R-7.4/inch, creates an air barrier, vapor retarder, water barrier and thermal insulation at 1 inch, ideal for commercial buildings.
  • ICL-IP America, Inc.’s VeriQuel R100: VeriQuel R100, a phosphorus-based, reactive flame retardant uniquely addresses the building and construction market’s desire for chemistries that provide fire safety and eliminate exposures during product use. VeriQuel R100 leaves no foot print and alleviates concerns about exposure to people and potential harm to the environment.
  • SWD Urethanes’ Quik-Shield® 108YM: Quik-Shield® 108YM, the “Yield Monster,” is an ultra-low-density open-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation product. It is the first 0.36 pcf density spray foam, and it provides up to 39 percent more yield.

Demilec (USA) Inc. Named Winner of 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Demilec’s winning entry is Heatlok® HFO, which the company describes as delivering a zero ODP, ultra-low GWP and high renewable/recyclable closed-cell foam for the insulation industry.



Polyurethane Professional Development Program

In addition to the technical sessions, the conference featured CPI's 15th annual Polyurethane Professional Development Program (PDP). Course topics included introductory polyurethane chemistry; technology; markets and applications; adhesives, sealants and binders; coatings and elastomers; equipment; raw materials, testing, specifications and performance; and physical testing of foams.  » Learn More

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