Japan's Teijin is overall winner of ICIS Innovation Awards

17 October 2011 11:02  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Japanese fibre and chemicals producer Teijin was revealed on Monday as the overall winner of this year’s ICIS Innovation Awards, and winner of the category for Best Product Innovation.

Its development of mass-production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) significantly reduces the time required to mould car body structures to less than one minute. This gives car makers the opportunity to reduce vehicle weight by using materials such as CFRP.

In other categories, the winning entries were all bio-based innovations. BioAmber and Novomer of the US and LanzaTech of New Zealand triumphed, respectively, in the categories for Best Business Innovation, Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit and Best Innovation by an SME. 

Teijin is the world’s second-largest producer of carbon fibre. Teijin’s new technologies include intermediate materials made of thermoplastic resin instead of conventional thermosetting resin for moulding CFRP, and methods for welding thermoplastic CFRP parts together and for bonding CFRP with other materials such as steel.

“We are delighted that the ICIS Innovation Awards have recognised our innovative automotive carbon fibre composite technologies,” said Norio Kamei, general manager of Teijin’s Carbon Fibers and Composites business.

“Our innovation originated from the idea of how we could expand the use of carbon fibre composites to mass-production industrial applications. We will further our development, aiming to expand the advanced carbon fibre composite market and help realise new vehicle architecture featuring significantly lighter bodies.”

John Baker, global editor at ICIS, who manages the ICIS Innovation Awards, said: “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.

“This year, there was a significant emphasis on bio-based technologies, designed to replace oil and gas feedstocks in the chemical industry or reduce carbon emissions.

“Indeed, most entries focused around helping the environment and maintaining the sustainability of the industry, while at the same time helping customers and driving bottom-line growth for companies.”

The ICIS Innovation Awards are supported by Dow Corning as lead sponsor, with category sponsorship by management consultancy CRA (Best Product Innovation), chemical distributor U.S. Chemicals (Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit) and health, nutrition and materials company DSM (Best Innovation for Sustainability).

In the sustainability category, the judges agreed after consideration that none of the limited number of entries met the high standards of innovation being looked for across all three criteria of economic, social and environmental benefits.

For full details and interviews with all the winners go to www.icis.com/awards

By: John Baker
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