Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) honoured Albemarle Corp. and LINE-X Protective Coatings with its 2011 Innovation Award for the development of a new colour-stable aliphatic coating technology.
The award, which was presented 28 Sept in the closing session of the 2011 CPI Technical Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, highlights innovation in the polyurethane industry by recognising companies and individuals whose vision has brougth new products, technologies to the marketplace.
The coating utilises Albemarle's Ethacure 90, an aliphatic curative that considerably improves the processing capability of polyurea spray elastomer coating systems. The new coating technology is UV and colour stable, giving customer's colour choice without the need for an additional topcoat. The technology provides rapid return to service and is environmentally friendly, generating minimal volatile organic compounds (VOCs), says Albemarle.
The effectiveness and durability of this new technology was recently proven as it was used as the protective coating on Dominator 1, a vehicle featured on the 2011 season of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. The storm chaser vehicle, which is owned by TornadoVideos.net (TVN), demonstrated excellent resistance to storm damage during the 2011 storm season.
"The protective coating was critical to the safety of the crew of Dominator 1 during a particularly dangerous storm season," said Reed Timmer, TVN Lead Storm Chaser and meteorologist. "The coating performed exceptionally well in the field, protecting the vehicle from damage even in storms with softball-sized hail."
Other finalists competing for the Innovations award were Dow Polyurethanes, for its new fridge insulation technology, Pascal, which cuts refrigerator production time and raises the effectiveness of the insulation, and equipment maker Cannon Group for the vacuum-assisted injection process it developed with Dow to allow the Pascal technology to become a commercial reality.