Dow, Honeywell and Novomer finalists for PU innovation award

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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry has announced the finalists for the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award: Dow Chemical Co., Honeywell International Inc. and Novomer Inc.

The winner will be announced on Oct. 7, the final day of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando, Fla. The three commercial technologies will be presented during the opening session on Oct. 5. Attendees at the opening session will vote, and that tally will be combined with scores from professional judges to determine the winner.

The three finalist innovations are:

• Dow’s Vorastar 7000 spray elastomer, which creates a coating with improved resistance to moisture and concentrate aqueous acids. The product also gives upgraded adhesive properties with steel, retention of adhesion after long-term immersion testing, and improved flexibility and durability. It can protect infrastructure in the oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical industries.

• Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), a polyurethane foam blowing agent used for insulation applications such as appliances and spray foam, and trucks, containers and ships used to transport cold cargo like food and liquefied natural gas.

• Novomer’s Converge Polyol RF-x polyisocyanurate rigid (PIR) foams, which allow foam manufacturers to process PIRs with traditional equipment and processing conditions, while benefiting from properties derived from polypropylene carbonate polyols. Converge Polyols have improved properties in flammability testing, offering a reduction on total smoke and heat released when compared to a conventional aromatic polyester polyol, according to the company.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry is part of the American Chemistry Council.