16 April 2012 15:17 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--ICIS on Monday launches its annual ICIS Innovation Awards in the search for 2012’s most innovative chemical companies. The awards, now in their ninth year, are designed to recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.
The overall award last year went to Japan’s Teijin for its development of mass production technology carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic composites for use in the automotive industry. Category winners were US-based Novomer and BioAmber and New Zealand’s LanzaTech, all with entries with a bio-based materials slant.
The awards enable companies to celebrate their success in the vital activity of innovation and the increasingly important areas of sustainability and environmental performance.
“The Innovation Awards continue to grow and gain industry support," John Baker, global editor at ?xml:namespace>
“There is tremendous effort and investment going into innovation in the chemical sector today, as companies seek answers to many of society’s global problems and seek to ensure their long-term sustainability.”
This year ICIS welcomes global polymer producer Bayer MaterialScience as a sponsor for the first time, for the Best Innovation for Sustainability category.
Dow Corning is the overall lead sponsor for the Awards, as it has been from their inception in 2004, while CRA returns as the sponsor of the Best Product Innovation category, and US Chemicals is again sponsor of the Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit category.
The Awards are open to entry from Monday 16 April, with a deadline for entries of 2 July 2012. The winners will be announced on 22 October in ICIS Chemical Business.
For more information or to enter the awards, visit www.icis.com/awards or call John Baker on +44 20 8652 3153.
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