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 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA October 2-4, 2017.

Chemours Named Winner of 2017 Polyurethane 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.

Testimonials about the Innovation Award

Why submit an application?

“Winning the 2016 CPI Innovation Award has provided our product line with a halo. Many potential customers have sampled not just the award winning BiCATs 8840 and 8842, but also some of our established products like 8210 and 8106 and found that they offer the same great catalysis as the new offerings at a better value proposition when absolute protection from hydrolysis isn’t needed. The Innovation Award has polished our brand by receiving recognition from experts in the industry.”

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

“We are thoroughly enjoying the fact that we won the 2016 CPI Innovation Award. Co-workers feel proud to be making a product that has a big benefit for our customers and for the environment. As technologists, we are receiving great encouragement from our management that our innovations are creating real benefit for the industry and real value for Shepherd’s business. Winning the award has had a very positive effect on morale.”

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


All entries for the 2017 Award were 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, 2016 and June 17, 2017. Entries submitted in a previous year were not eligible for resubmission.

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 could include finished products, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes or processing equipment.

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 2017 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Voting Process

Voting for the Polyurethane Innovation Award took place during the Opening Session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference on Monday, October 2. 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 was added to the judges’ score. The innovation with the highest total score was 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 was announced on October 4. The winner was:

  • 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 
  • Offered an opportunity to be 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 Salamone
Tel: (202) 249-6604

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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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