Members of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) left their mark in Orlando, Florida, with a successful 62nd annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Over 800 polyurethane professionals spent three days demonstrating the impact polyurethanes are making today, and how the industry is promoting sustainability for the future.
This year’s opening session kicked the conference into high gear, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Mielewski, Senior Technical Leader of Sustainable Materials and Advanced Materials at Ford Motor Company. Her presentation discussed polyurethane in the automotive industry and how it contributes to innovation and the circular economy.
CPI was proud to host 62 table top exhibits and hold 15 technical sessions with 74 technical presentations and 16 posters, over an incredible few days. Several papers and posters were presented during each technical session on various topics, including many different types of polyurethane applications. Judges selected 12 papers and 4 posters as the best of the conference – the full list of winners can be found here.
CPI’s Professional Development Program, which ran concurrently with the conference, offered educational courses to polyurethane industry veterans and newcomers. Marking its 16th year, attendees got the chance to learn about polyurethane’s properties, chemistry, applications, and market from industry experts. A new course this year outlined the background of polyurethane composites. Thank you to all of our PDP instructors!
The conference wrapped up on Wednesday, Oct. 9, with the closing session where the Distinguished Leadership Awards were presented to recognize individuals providing outstanding leadership and advancing the goals of CPI and the polyurethane industry. This year’s recipients were Juan Carlos Medina of Dow and Richard (Dick) Werner of Cannon. We also announced Carbon as the winner of the 2019 Polyurethane Innovation Award for its partnership with Riddell on the SpeedFlex Precision Diamond football helmet. Congratulations to all of our award winners!
CPI thanks everyone for another great conference this year. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s conference on October 5-7, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas.
With hundreds and hundreds of industry professionals in attendance, the Polyurethanes Technical Conference continues to be the premier polyurethanes event in North America!
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