Arlington, Virginia -- The US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, part of the American Chemistry Council, has named six finalists for its 2009 Polyurethane Innovation Awards.
Winners will be announced 7 Oct at the end of the Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel in Washington. Delegates at the meeting will vote for what they see as the most novel developments among the short-listed chemicals and products. This year, the CPI did not receive any nominations in the processing machinery category.
In polyurethane chemicals, the finalists are:
• DuPont, for its introduction of Cerenol, a family of engineered, renewably sourced polyetherdiols;
• Foam Supplies Inc., for developing Ecomate, a versatile blowing agent for polyurethane foams; and
• Polymate-INRC, for advancing the technology of non-isocyanate polyurethanes with two-component binders that combine mechanical properties of polyurethanes with the chemical resistance of epoxy binders.
In the finished product category, finalists are:
• BASF Corp., for a light-stable, aliphatic polyurethane framed skylight encapsulated with Colofast aliphatic RIM urethane;
• Icynene Inc. for its "green," water-based spray foam insulation technology, Icynene LD-R-50; and
• Fenner Precision for design and development of a polyurethane tank tyre wheels for the US military's Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
For more information on the conference or to register, see www. polyurethane.org