2016 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 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD September 26 – 28.

“Our finalists this year brought more than technical advancements—they delivered an inspiring reminder of the virtually limitless potential polyurethane materials hold...We applaud Honeywell on winning the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award and thank them for continually exploring the boundaries of what is possible using today’s best knowledge and technical capabilities.”
--Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI


All entries for the 2016 Award are required to represent new innovations that had not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award and products entered must have entered the market, for the first time, between March 1, 2015 and June 17, 2016. 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 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.

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 be selected as finalists for the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

» CPI Announces Finalists for Polyurethane Innovation Award

Voting Process

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, September 26. 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, September 28, 2016, during the Closing Session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2016 Polyurethanes Innovation Award will be announced on September 28. The winner will be:

  • Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2016 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 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on October 2 – 4, in New Orleans, LA; and
  • Showcased at the 2017 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. These materials will not be returned to you.

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

More Information

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

Lee Krinzman
Tel: (202) 249-6605
Email: Lee_Krinzman@americanchemistry.com

Honeywell Wins 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of ACC announced that Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) won the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

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