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Honeywell’s Solstice® LBA Receives 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award

Published on 2015-10-08. Author : SpecialChem

ORLANDO -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announces that Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) won the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Honeywell’s winning entry, selected from among three finalists, was announced during the Closing Session of the 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando. More than 1,000 polyurethanes professionals attended the conference.

Honeywell Blowing Agents
Fig. 1: Honeywell

“Our finalists this year brought more than technical advancements—they delivered an inspiring reminder of the virtually limitless potential polyurethane materials hold,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “We applaud Honeywell on winning the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award and thank them for continually exploring the boundaries of what is possible using today’s best knowledge and technical capabilities.”

Honeywell’s Solstice® LBA is a special formulation designed to significantly lower global warming potential (GWP) and improve energy efficiency while retaining non-ozone-depleting characteristics.

The other finalists were Dow Chemical’s VORASTAR™ 7000 spray elastomer, which represents a novel class of hydrophobic, alcohol terminated polymer resins that can be formulated as spray applied polyurea coatings, and Novomer’s Converge® Polyol RF-x polyisocyanurate rigid (PIR) foams, which represent an optimized material that allows foam manufacturers to process PIRs with traditional equipment and processing conditions while still benefiting from properties derived from polypropylene carbonate polyols.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “I want to congratulate the other finalists, Dow Chemical and Novomer, as well as all of the submitters. It’s exciting to see this level of technical excellence across the polyurethanes industry. We are very proud that Solstice® LBA is making a positive contribution by playing a role in increasing foam performance and energy efficiency, while reducing climate impact.”

Honeywell’s Solstice® LBA is a polyurethane foam blowing agent
used in insulation applications, including in appliances and spray foam, enabling the attainment of higher energy standards. Solstice® LBA can also help better insulate trucks, containers and ships used to transport cold cargo like food and liquefied natural gas. Moreover, it can help reduce climate impact, improve energy efficiency and create jobs.

“This year’s submissions are exactly the kind of groundbreaking innovation we need to keep moving the industry to new levels of excellence,” Salamone said. “Along with Honeywell, finalists Dow Chemical and Novomer did an outstanding job introducing new uses of polyurethanes as did all of the submissions for the award this year.”

All entries for the 2015 award were required to represent new innovations that had not been previously submitted for the Innovation Award and had not been available for commercial sale longer than 15 months prior to June 19, 2015.

The 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference featured 75 technical presentations and 38 poster presentations, as well as a Table Top exhibit, a Professional Development Program and premier networking events.

About Honeywell

Honeywell incorporates HSE management systems into all phases of the chemical life cycle. Eliminating ozone-depleting chemicals continues to be a key environmental focus for Honeywell. As countries phase them out in accordance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, we have invested in both manufacturing capacity and additional R&D to help customers meet commitments to this global effort.
With its Solstice® brand of low-global-warming refrigerants, blowing agents, aerosols and performance fluids, Honeywell provides responsible replacements for hydrocarbons, HCFCs and HFCs. The Solstice brand is part of Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, a leader in the manufacture and supply of refrigerants used by top air-conditioning and refrigeration makers worldwide and blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation, as well as hydrofluoric acid and precursors for nuclear fuel.

About ACC

The American Chemistry Council's (ACC's) mission is to deliver business value through exceptional advocacy using best-in-class member performance, political engagement, communications and scientific research. It is committed to sustainable development by fostering progress in our economy, environment and society. ACC is America's oldest trade association of its kind, representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry - an innovative, $720 billion enterprise that is helping solve the biggest challenges facing our nation and the world.

Source: ACC

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