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The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API) has issued a call for entries for the 2007 Polyurethane “Innovation Award” nominations and also has changed this year’s award program’s three categories – Polyurethane Chemicals, Processing Equipment and Finished Product. Finalists will be selected and winners will be announced at the API Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, “Step Into The Future,” in partnership with UTECH North America, held in Kissimmee, Florida, September 24-26 at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.

“API recognizes the importance of the efforts and foresight of the companies and individuals whose visions and perseverance have brought new products to the marketplace,” says Dick Mericle of API. “This year’s award program will shine the spotlight on products and technologies in three new innovative categories. Without the efforts of those aiding in the advancement of polyurethanes, the industry would not be able to take that next step into the future.”

Companies or individuals interested in entering the award program must submit an application no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 2, 2007. A panel of five judges representing a cross section of polyurethanes experience and knowledge, and representing industry and industry associations, will evaluate all submissions and choose finalists for each category.

Finalist entries will be on display at the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, and attendees will have a chance to cast one vote per category for the entry that they believe demonstrates the most innovative use of polyurethanes. The results will be announced on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, during the closing session of the conference. The Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, in partnership with UTECH North America will feature technical sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and exhibits.

API anticipates that the Conference will attract more than 1,200 people from 40 countries. For more information about API and the Polyurethanes 2007 Technical Conference, in partnership with UTECH North America, contact API at 703-741-5103, or visit the API web site at for entry forms.

API promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethane industry, in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care®, by identifying and managing issues that could impact the industry, in cooperation with user groups. Its members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or are manufacturers of polyurethane products.

API is part of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). ACC represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $520 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any treat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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