CPI Award

Each year, CPI presents 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. We are proud of our industry’s continued leadership in innovative solutions and advances in technology and are excited to see the most recent products and innovations that entered into the market for the first time between June 16, 2018 to June 15, 2021. CPI will present the next Innovation Award at the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, CO on October 5-7, 2021.

Carbon Announced as the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

CPI announced Carbon’s DLS™ Technology, used in the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Football Helmet Liner, as the winner of the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award.


“With the many companies in the polyurethane industry all developing leading edge technology, Demilec was extremely honored to be recognized with the CPI Innovation Award. This recognition of the years of hard work from a team of dedicated chemists was a significant milestone for the entire company. Industry validation of the world class innovation, reinforced to our customers Demilec’s focus on bringing the best products to the market. Demilec, and our parent company, Huntsman, saw a renewed energy around innovating for the future.”

--Doug Brady, Vice President Global Innovation and Product Management, Demilec (USA) Inc. (2018 Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner)

“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. 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 (2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner)

Eligibility for the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award:

Entries must qualify for each of the following criteria:

  • Products entered must have entered the market, for the first time, between June 16, 2018 and June 15, 2021.
  • Entries submitted in a previous year are not eligible for resubmission.
  • Entries pertaining to a polyurethane product or polyurethane manufacture are required to relate to polyurethane chemistry, which the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) expressly defines, for purposes of this Award, 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. 

Submission Date:

All entries were due for submission on 5:00 pm ET on June 15, 2021. Selected finalists will be notified in August 2021.

Selection of Finalists:

A panel of judges, comprised of experts representing technical disciplines and the polyurethane supply chain, will evaluate all eligible submissions. Judges will 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 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Voting Process:

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session or equivalent of the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference (Conference) on Tuesday, October 5. Each individual Conference registrant attending the Opening Session or equivalent may cast one vote for one finalist. The finalist with the most votes will receive an additional 20 points to be added to the judges’ score. The Innovation with the highest total score will be deemed the winner and announced on Thursday, October 7, 2021, during conclusion of the Conference at the Awards Luncheon or equivalent.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner is:

  • Presented an award during the Awards Luncheon of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference;
  • Announced in a CPI news release distributed to the media;
  • Featured on the Innovation Award 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 following year's Conference;
  • Showcased at the following year's Polyurethanes Technical 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
Email: Elizabeth_Bailey@americanchemistry.com

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