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 presented this year’s Innovation Award at the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 1-3, 2018.

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.

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.


“A key challenge for the introduction of any new product or technology is generating recognition and credibility in the marketplace, especially among decision makers who are technical experts in the field. The CPI Innovation Award is a prestigious award that recognizes the best of the best in the PU industry. For the Chemours Company, submitting the Opteon™ 1100 Foam Blowing Agent for the 2017 CPI Innovation Award resulted in significant exposure and further validation of the technical significance for this new product in the PU industry. We were excited and proud to be selected as a finalist and the impact and merit of advancing to that stage was worth the effort and generated quite a buzz among our customer base. Overall, it was a crowning technical achievement that reflected many years of hard work and perseverance.”

--Ernest Wysong, Global Technology Leader for Opteon Foam Applications, Chemours

“Simply put, it was a tremendous morale boost and validation of the fruits of our technical labor over the past several years. Many times, the significance of long-term innovation projects takes years to realize. The fact that this prestigious award recognized these efforts at the beginning of commercialization was a major benefit to our company, our customers and the environment. The Chemours Company, formerly a part of DuPont Performance Chemicals, has had a long history of providing cutting edge technical innovations and the CPI Innovation award further solidifies this rich tradition and energizes our team for future challenges.”

--Ernest Wysong, Global Technology Leader for Opteon Foam Applications, Chemours


All entries for the 2018 Award were required to represent new innovations that had not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award, and eligible products entered must have entered the market, for the first time, between March 1, 2017 and June 15, 2018.

Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture were required to relate to polyurethane chemistry, which CPI expressly defines, for purposes of this Award, as the reaction of an isocyanate with a polyol. Innovations in polyurethane chemistry included finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment.

For full terms & conditions, please see the Innovation Award submission form.

Selection of Finalists

A panel of judges, comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain, evaluated all eligible submissions. Judges evaluated and scored 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 were selected as finalists for the 2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Voting Process

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award took place during the Opening Session of the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, Oct. 1. Each individual Conference registrant attending the Opening Session cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes received an additional 20 points that were added to the judges’ score. The innovation with the highest total score was deemed the winner and was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, during the Closing Session of the 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner was:

  • Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2018 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 use of the Polyurethane Innovation Award logo to showcase its achievement;
  • Provided one complimentary registration to the 2019 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Oct. 7-9, in Orlando, Fla.; will also be showcased at this conference  

All materials submitted in support of an Innovation Award application will not be returned. By submitting an application, the applicant grants CPI an unlimited, unrestricted, royalty-free license to use submitted application materials for purposes of promoting the Polyurethanes Technical Conference and/or Polyurethane Innovation Award program in any medium.

Any changes to these dates or policies will be posted on this web page. 

More Information

For more information regarding the Polyurethane Innovation Award program, contact:

Elizabeth Bailey
Tel: (202) 249-6605

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“CPI commends Chemours for winning the 2017 Innovation Award. Chemours’ pioneering application of polyurethane chemistry is a testament to our industry’s commitment to technological progress and the hard work, expertise and creativity of so many individuals.”
--Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI

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