Shepherd Chemical Company Wins 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that the Shepherd Chemical Company’s BiCATs™ 8840 and 8842 water stable bismuth catalysts for polyurethane formulations won the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Shepherd’s winning entry, one of three finalists, was announced during the closing session of the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Baltimore, Md. 

“CPI congratulates the Shepherd Chemical Company for winning the 2016 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Shepherd’s novel application of polyurethane chemistry shows how our industry’s innovations can have ripple effects throughout the value chain. This award-winning technology embodies the transformative power of polyurethanes.”
--Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI

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2017 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 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.


Entries will begin being accepted in early 2017. Check back for more information shortly.

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 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Voting Process

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award will take place during the Opening Session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, October 2. 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 4, 2017, during the Closing Session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

The Polyurethane Innovation Award Winner

The winner of the 2017 Polyurethanes Innovation Award will be announced on October 4, 2017. The winner will be:

  • Presented an award during the Closing Session of the 2017 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 2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on October 1 – 3, in Atlanta, GA; and 
  • Showcased at the 2018 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.

More Information

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

Lee Krinzman
Tel: (202) 249-6605

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