New categories for ICIS 2008 Innovation Awards

18 April 2008 15:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--ICIS has launched the search for the most innovative companies in the chemicals sector, with the start of the 2008 Innovation Awards, sponsored by Dow Corning.

This year, the fifth time of the awards have been run, two new entry categories have been unveiled.

The new categories are Best Business Innovation, giving entrants a chance to show how innovative they can be in the way they do business, and Best Innovation in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which encompasses a whole range of social and environmental initiatives that companies are now making.

The two other categories remain the same: Best Product Innovation and ‘Best Innovation by an SME.

The awards are designed to recognise those companies that have made significant steps forward through R&D and innovation. They recognise outstanding innovation in the chemical industry and allow companies to celebrate their success in this vital arena.

“I believe it’s important to recognise innovation born both in the lab and outside the lab – shining the spotlight on those talented individuals who are not afraid to take a chance," Stephanie Burns, chairman, president and CEO of sponsor Dow Corning said.

“That’s why this year I’m excited that the 2008 ICIS Innovation Awards will celebrate business innovation as well as innovation in corporate social responsibility (CSR).”

John Baker, global editor for custom publishing at ICIS, added: “The Innovation Awards generate great interest in the industry – it’s always very rewarding to see how enthusiastically the winners receive the news of their awards.

"It’s very important for them within their companies, as well as for the publicity they generate externally from winning these awards.”

Previous winners have included BASF, Air Products, Air Liquide, RohMax, Oxonica, TFL Ledertechnick, Carotech and STO.

The awards are open to entry from Friday, with 4 July the deadline for entries.

More information on the awards can be found here

By: John Baker
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