SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 29) — Rhino Linings/HIT and Cargill Inc. walked off with top honors for innovation at the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry´s Polyurethanes 2006 Technical Conference, held Sept. 25-27 in Salt Lake City.
Rhino Linings received the innovation award in the products category for its unique use of polyurethane in the Battle Jacket FCS, a spray polyurethane elastomer and proprietary additive which combines to expand and permanently seal holes from ballistic penetration.
Cargill won the innovation award in the technology category for its successful commercialization of BiOH, a new polyols process technology representing a significant reduction in fossil fuel energy demand and major reduction of CO2 emissions.
API announced the winners of its polyurethane innovation awards during the closing session of the conference.
Rhino Linings´ self-sealing/self heating external fuel tanker membrane system "minimizes fuel leakage on U.S. military fuel tankers, represents the level of product innovation that characterizes the polyurethanes industry," said Dick Mericle of API. "Out of all the entries we received this year, the attendees agreed that Rhino Linings/HIT stood out in its understanding and use of polyurethane to produce a superior end-use product.
"The use of Cargill´s exceptional technology validated and assured bio-based polyols as a real renewable formulating option for the polyurethane industry. This is a perfect example of how outstanding technology can help the industry to create a more sophisticated end-use product."