CPI: Huntsman and Pursell Agri-Tech announced as winner of 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award
On 7 October 2021, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Huntsman Corporation and Pursell Agri-Tech PurActive – built with the Rimline polyurethane system has won the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award. The Innovation Award is renowned throughout the polyurethane industry and recognizes companies and individuals whose visions and perseverance bring new innovative, life-enhancing products, technologies, and initiatives to the marketplace.
“On behalf of CPI, congratulations to Huntsman Corporation and Pursell Agri-Tech on this outstanding achievement,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “This exciting, groundbreaking technology helps bolster our industry’s role in creating a more sustainable future. CPI is proud to recognize and honor Huntsman and Pursell on this breakthrough achievement.”
Huntsman and Pursell Agri-Tech describe their winning entry as:
“Through the combination of novel chemistry and processing techniques Huntsman Polyurethanes & 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. Rimline is a registered trademark of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.”
“The Huntsman team is pleased to accept the 2021 Polyurethane Innovation Award,” said Jan Buberl, VP – 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 PurActive 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.”
“We are thrilled that Pursell Agri-Tech and Huntsman have won the CPI Innovation Award, especially among so many impressive entries, said Joe Brady, CFO of Pursell Agri-Tech. “We look forward to leveraging this innovative technology in partnership with Huntsman to create a positive impact on sustainable agriculture on a global basis.”
This year, three finalists were selected to present their products at the 2021 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the other two being BASF’s and Ford Motor Company’s. 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 16 June 2018, and 15 June 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.