Washington, DC -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) PU Innovation Award finalists are Dow Chemical Company, Huntsman and Shepherd Chemical Company.
Dow’s Vora Zzz ultra-high airflow and moisture-wicking foam technology “enables bedding applications that can keep consumers cooler and more comfortable due to foam airflow values that are more than double previous high-airflow memory foams” said the CPI.
Huntsman’s Vitrox HC 98010 polyol with Suprasec 9801 isocyanate was also shortlisted. The resin solution for the Bright Lite Structures’ chassis, within the Zenos E10 sports car, it “creates one of the lightest, most innovative and affordable track cars available,” said the CPI.
Shepherd Chemical Company’s BiCATs 8840 and 8842 water stable bismuth catalysts for PU formulations are “new curatives which allow formulators to reduce volatile organic compounds from amine catalysts and lessen cure times to support spray foam polyol solutions with hydrofluoroolefin blowing agents,” said the CPI.
Lee Salamone, CPI senior director, said: “Our finalists represent one of the best characteristics of our industry, [the] commitment to developing and advancing technologies that enhance the quality of life through sustainable and responsible practices.”
Representatives from Dow, Huntsman and Shepherd will present their innovations during the Opening Session of the Polyurethanes Technical Conference due to take place from 26 to 28 September in Baltimore.
The judging process includes the opportunity for each conference attendee to vote for their favourite with the winner announced at the conference’s closing session.