WASHINGTON—The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry is accepting applications for the industry's top honor, the Polyurethane Innovation Award, presented by the American Chemistry Council.
The award recognizes companies and individuals "whose vision and perseverance bring new innovative, life-enhancing products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace."
The 2019 winner was Carbon Inc., which was honored for its DLS Technology utilized in the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond football helmet liner.
"Complications from COVID-19 put a pause on the Innovation Award last year, but we are excited to continue the tradition of honoring the top pioneers in the polyurethanes industry," CPI senior director Lee Salamone said in a statement. "Bringing to market innovative technologies and products doesn't just happen overnight; it requires years of brainstorming, hard work, and perseverance. Then, there are those who go above and beyond to bring us remarkable, life-enhancing practices, products, and innovations. CPI looks forward to recognizing those whose work helps create a better today and sustainable tomorrow."
Entries must be new innovations that have not been previously submitted for the award. Eligible innovations include finished products, chemistries, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes and processing equipment that have entered the market, for the first time, between June 16, 2018, and June 15, 2021.
Companies or individuals must submit an application by 5 p.m. EDT on June 15.
CPI will present the Innovation Award at the conclusion of the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 5-7, 2021.