22 October 2012 09:00 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Swiss specialty chemical producer Clariant has won this year’s ICIS Innovation Awards for its development of novel dyes and processes that reduce substantially the amount of water used in producing denim.
Clariant’s Advanced Denim innovation also won the category for Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit.
Production of denim accounts for 14% of global cotton usage and requires large quantities of water – an increasingly scarce commodity. Clariant’s technology simplifies the finishing and dyeing of the fabric, reducing water consumption by as much as 92%.
In addition, cotton waste is reduced by two-thirds and energy savings by 30%. Clariant has calculated that if the technology were used for just a quarter of world denim production, water saving would amount to 62m m3 (cubic metres)/year.
Other winners in this year’s Innovation Awards, sponsored overall by US-based silicon specialist Dow Corning, are:
The category for Best Business Innovation, sponsored by Shell Chemicals, was not awarded this year, as the judges agreed after careful consideration that none of the limited number of entries met the criteria of this category as set out by ICIS. Even though the product and process innovations involved were of high quality, they did not represent examples of true business innovation.
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 continued to see the significant emphasis on bio-based technologies that has been growing over the past 3-5 years as companies seek to replace oil and gas feedstocks in the chemical industry, cut carbon emissions and reduce their and their customers’ environmental footprints.”
“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.”
Full details of the competition and interviews with all the winners and sponsors can be seen here.
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