Michael Nagridge, APM Applications and Market Development Manager, presents at the CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference held Oct. 2-4 in New Orleans.
The Applications Development team of Aramco Performance Materials (APM) was awarded "2017 Best Paper" at the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) Polyurethanes Technical Conference held in October in New Orleans.
Led by APM Applications and Market Development Manager Michael Nagridge, the team also includes Lab Tech Specialist Christopher Fordice, Lab Tech Kimberly Jaskula and Market Development Manager Simon Waddington.
"It is an honor to be recognized by peers in the polyurethane industry who served as judges for the award," said Nagridge. "There were three other outstanding paper presentations at the Flexible Foam session at the conference and to be chosen as Best Paper is an exceptional achievement.
While some of the Converge® polyols information has been previously presented at other industry-related expos, this is the first time the benefits of the Converge polyols was presented by APM at the premier North American CPI technical conference.
The Converge Difference
The paper "Benefits of Converge CO2-based Polyols in Flexible Foam Application" was given during the technical session focused on flexible foams. Flexible foams are used in automotive and aerospace seating applications and are important as light-weighting becomes increasingly critical in transportation applications.
"Converge polyols also may be used in upholstered furniture and mattresses in addition to automotive and aerospace use. Cushioning for sofas, chairs and mattresses potentially could be the largest volume use of the Converge polyol in flexible foam applications," he notes.
APM's Converge polyols technology is unique in that it uses a proprietary catalyst to take the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and combine it with Saudi Aramco's abundant hydrocarbon feedstocks to create high performing polyols for use in everyday applications. The resulting materials have a significantly reduced carbon and energy footprint.
Nagridge said the paper reflected more than three years of work developing a product that would bring specific benefits to the customer and the flexible foam industry such as increased load building (firmness of the foam), strength properties (to improve durability and ease of handling during processing), and the important sustainability reality of sequestering waste carbon dioxide and converting it to useful products.
Located in Ithaca, N.Y., the Applications Development team focuses on bringing the Converge polyols technology to the many application opportunities available including flexible foam, rigid insulation foam for construction, industrial use, and appliances, and for CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers).
Team members Fordice and Jaskula conduct experiments and testing in the lab, led by Nagridge, with input into from Waddington. Nagridge and Waddington both have more than 26 years in the polyurethane industry including over four years working with the Converge technology. Fordice and Jaskula have been assisting in the development of the Converge CO2 technology for more than eight years.
Michael Nagridge serves as Chairman of the Sustainability Committee for the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethane Industry. He has been involved with polyurethane applications since 1990 in technical market support and global leadership roles. Nagridge has presented at numerous industry conferences and authored papers on various aspects of polyurethane.
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