Orlando, Florida - Gas-phase phosgenation from Bayer MaterialScience, polyurethane skin technology from KraussMaffei and a novel packaging system from Sealed Air Corp. were the three winners at the 2007 Polyurethane "Innovation Awards" during the closing session of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando, organised by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), part of the American Chemistry Council.
BMS' gas-phase phosgenation of toluene diamine to make TDI (toluene diisocyanate) is a process that may enable significant improvements in productivity, plant safety and climate protection, said the CPI's statement.
KraussMaffei received the Processing Equipment award for its SkinForm method, combining injection moulding and reaction injection moulding technologies to enable the processing of both thermoplastics and polyurethanes in a single, multi-component step.
And Sealed Air's Quick Room Temperature polyurethane foam packaging was given the award in the Finished Product category. The product offers users a custom-made protective cushioning shaped to safely cradle any individual package.
"The purpose of the Polyurethane Innovation Award is to highlight the efforts and foresight of companies and individuals whose visions have brought exciting new products or technologies to the marketplace," said Neeva-Gayle Candelori, director of CPI, in a statement. "Because polyurethane is used in so many everyday applications - the cushions we sit on, the carpet we walk on, the shoes we run in - breakthrough innovations using polyurethane will continue to have a substantial impact on society."
Other finalists included Cannon Group for its Cannon JL family of high-pressure, L-shaped mix heads. Cannon stresses that these not only eliminate the need for injectors in the mixing chamber while improving ease of use, they also enable a high range of outputs and the use of lower pressures in the feed circuit.
Rhein Chemie Corp. was nominated for Oligimeric Carbondiimide/Stabazol P-200. These innovative carbodiimides reduce the acid content of soya-based polyols, a hot topic at the three-day CPI meeting.
Over 975 delegates registered for the Polyurethanes Technical Conference, said the CPI. Meanwhile the accompanying UTECH North America 2007 exhibition recorded some 750 additional attendees. This was the first time organisers IPI BV of the Netherlands and UK-based Crain Communications Ltd - publisher of Urethanes Technology International -- held a UTECH exhibition in North America, and several participants said they had had good interest from new and existing customers during the show.