ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 6)—The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry has inducted Guenter Oertel, former head of Bayer A.G.'s polyurethanes business, into its Polyurethane Hall of Fame. The award, announced at Polyurethanes Expo 2003 in Orlando, was in recognition of his role in the development of Bayer's international polyurethanes business during a 36-year career with the German chemical firm. Oertel holds more than 90 international patents and his research and development work spurred several major advances, including reaction injection molding technology, dual-hardness flexible foams and two-component elastomers. Oertel is only the sixth inductee into the association's hall of fame. Otto Bayer, one of Oertel's mentors in his early years at Bayer, was the API's first inductee, in 1983.