Huntsman, Pursell Win 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Oct. 13, 2021
The Innovation Award from the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry recognizes companies and individuals whose visions and perseverance bring new innovative, life-enhancing products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announces Huntsman Corporation and Pursell Agri-Tech PurActive, built with the Rimline polyurethane system, have won the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The Innovation Award recognizes companies and individuals whose visions and perseverance bring new innovative, life-enhancing products, technologies, and initiatives to the marketplace. 

Huntsman and Pursell Agri-Tech describe their winning entry as:

“Through the combination of novel chemistry and processing techniques Huntsman Polyurethanes and Pursell Agri-Tech have jointly developed a revolutionary polyurethane based controlled release fertilizer coating; - built with the Rimline polyurethane system. This next-generation technology addresses the agronomic and other needs of today’s growers while focusing on nutrient-use efficiency, increased yields, environmental pollution control and manufacturing productivity to bring substantial benefits at each step of the value chain.”

“The Huntsman team is pleased to accept the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award,” says Jan Buberl, vice president - Huntsman Polyurethanes Americas. “Years of planning and joint development have led to this moment and it is a well-deserved accomplishment for both the Huntsman and Pursell Agri-Tech teams. Through the development of PurActiv polyurethane-based, controlled-release fertilizer coating, built with the Rimline polyurethane system, it is possible to positively impact the world food crisis, a growing issue after the pandemic. We are excited about what this technology brings to the world and the magnitude of issues it can potentially solve.”

This year, three finalists were selected to present their products at the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Denver, the other two being BASF and Ford Motor Company. Eligible innovations included finished products, chemistries, initiatives, training or education programs, or processes and processing equipment that had entered the market, for the first time, between June 16, 2018, and June 15, 2021. Complications from COVID-19 put a pause on the Innovation Award last year; therefore, the previous 24-month eligibility requirement was extended to three years.

In addition to the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award, the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference also featured the Distinguished Leadership Award, 16 technical sessions, 19 posters, 70-plus presentations and 35 exhibitors.

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