5 companies receive sustainability awards at InformexUSA

18 February 2010 23:40  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN FRANCISCO (ICIS news)--Five companies received Profiles in Sustainability awards on Thursday at the InformexUSA exhibition in San Francisco.

The companies – DSM, Iolitec, Lonza, Segetis and The Wercs – were recognized for specific innovations promoting the development of sustainable chemistry.

Both Netherlands-based life and materials science company DSM and Swiss life science company Lonza were honoured for their work to commercialize microreactors.

Iolitec, a German manufacturer of ionic liquids, was recognized for the  leasing arrangement it developed to ease the adoption of these unique solvents.

Segetis, a US-based green chemistry company, received the award for developing a new monomer platform based on levulinic ketals,which are built from levulinic acid, a chemical derived from cellulosic biomass, and biobased hydroxyl compounds.

The Wercs, a US firm specializing in regulatory compliance and hazard communication software, was honoured for GreenWERCS, a tool that analyzes individual product compositions and grades their potential impact on human health and the environment.

“The purpose of these awards is not necessarily to pick winners, but to encourage sustainability among all companies as it is critical to industry,” said Jennifer Jessup, Informex brand director for show organizer UBM. “The awards were born from a need to recognize that sustainable chemistry is not just a passing fad or a niche branch for the chemical industry.”

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By: Clay Boswell
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