The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) has named eight finalists for its 2008 Polyurethane Innovation Awards, which cover three categories: Polyurethane Chemicals, Processing Equipment, and Finished Products. Ashland Performance Materials was selected for its two-component laminating adhesive composition that allows processable bond strengths in less than 24 hours versus the industry standard 7 to 14 days. BASF was chosen for its Balance bio-polyols, a non-food based natural alternative for the 100% replacement of conventional polyols in flexible foam. The third finalist is Merquinsa for its Pearlthane ECO thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which use biobased polyols to create TPUs with renewable content ranging from 30-90% by weight.
In processing equipment, finalists include Graco for its Fusion CS spray gun with ClearShot Technolgy for foam and polyurea applications, where a variable flow setting and ClearShot liquid are used to purge the mix chamber and remove built-up material. The other finalist is KrausMaffei for its electric nozzle pin control in the mixing head, which allows precise component pressure adjustments.
Acma Industries was selected in the finished product category for its Kradal flooring, which is produced using a blend of polyurethane materials for a thin but firm floor that is waterproof and light stable. BASF was chosen for Elastocoast polyurethane-coated stones used as coastal revetment structures. Fenner Precision and HP Labs are co-finalists for an electrically charged polyurethane elastomer roll used in the HP-7000 high-speed digital printer. Winners will be announced at CPI’s Polyurethanes 2008 technical conference (Sept. 28-Oct. 1; Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, TX, link: http://www.polyurethane.org/s_api/index.asp).