Tata Chemicals wins top ICIS Innovation Award for 2010

11 October 2010 04:00  [Source: ICIS news]

A Tata Swach water purifierLONDON (ICIS)--Tata Chemicals has won the overall ICIS Innovation Award for 2010, sponsored by Dow Corning, ICIS said on Monday.

It also took the top slot in the Best Product Innovation category, sponsored by management consultancy CRA International.

The Indian firm was judged the overall winner for its novel Tata Swach purifier for drinking water, which uses a combination of natural materials - ­silicaceous material derived from rice husks - and cutting-edge nanotechnology in the form of minute particles of silver.

The Tata Swach delivers safe drinking water at low cost and has a safety cut-off so that when the purifying capacity of the filter cartridge is exhausted, the water flow is stopped.

Teijin Fibers, which ran a close second to Tata Chemicals for the overall award, won the environmental category with its ECO CIRCLE innovative closed-loop recycling system for polyester textiles.

Other winners in this year’s awards are Scotland’s NiTech Solutions, for the Best Innovation by an SME; Huntsman Advanced Materials, for Best Business Innovation; and Teijin Fibers, for Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit. This category is sponsored by US distributor US Chemicals.

NiTech Solutions won for the use of its innovative NiTech reactor by Genzyme to manufacture a leading active drug ingredient, while Huntsman Advanced Materials won for its development of a new generation of stereolithographic rapid manufacturing equipment and resins.

The four companies were chosen as the best from a shortlist of 15 entrants, details of which were published earlier this year in the 2 August issue of ICIS Chemical Business.

“The Awards continue to highlight the best the chemical industry has to offer in the way of innovation and providing solutions to society’s needs. Increasingly, entries are focused around helping the environment and maintaining the sustainability of the industry, as well as helping customers and driving bottom line growth for companies,” said John Baker, who manages the Innovation Awards at ICIS

Full details of the Awards and interviews with the winners and sponsors can be seen in a special supplement in ICIS Chemical Business magazine of 11 October 2010.

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By: John Baker
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