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Seeking excellence

ICIS is once again looking for the very best in innovation in the chemical industry.

Now in their 13th year, the annual ICIS Innovation Awards have been expanded in association with new lead sponsor Elsevier R&D Solutions to include recognition of leading individuals in the field of chemical innovation. Learn more about the new Alpha Innovator of the Year category here

The well-respected ICIS Innovation Awards seek to recognise and reward companies, and now individuals, that show high levels of innovation in products and processes, as well as providing benefits to the environment and leading progress towards sustainability.

The winners will have made significant steps forward in technological and business innovation, with tangible results emerging during 2015 and the early part of this year.

For the 2016 Awards, the short-listed company entries have now been selected from a record number of entries. You can see the successful companies here. Contenders in the two individual categories will be revealed at a later date.

Independent judges

To ensure we identify the very best in innovation from the global chemicals industry, we have enlisted a panel of leading innovation experts from the industry and wider innovation community, who will select the winners in each of the categories and an overall best innovation for 2016. They will also judge the Alpha Innovator entries.

Sponsor support

ICIS is pleased this year to welcome Elsevier R&D Solutions as the overall sponsor of the awards and as a partner in the Alpha Innovator of the Year Award to be presented to two high-performing individuals.

ICIS is also pleased this year to welcome back U.S. Chemicals and ExxonMobil Chemical as category sponsors. We thank them for their support of the Innovation with Best Benefit for the Environment and Sustainability category, and Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) category, respectively.

Entry categories

To recognise the breadth of innovation in the chemical sector, the ICIS Innovation Awards include four company categories and two individual categories.

Each year, ICIS selects an overall company winner, chosen from the winners in the four company categories. This Award will be presented this year by Elsevier R&D Solutions, as lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2016. The individual and company category winners will be announced on 17 October, at the same time as the overall winner.

Corporate Categories

  • Best Product Innovation
  • Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME)
    sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical
  • Best Process Innovation
  • Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability
    sponsored by U.S. Chemicals


Individual Categories

  • Alpha Innovator of the Year – New Product Development/Process Optimisation
  • Alpha Innovator of the Year – Environment and Sustainability

If you have any questions contact John Baker on +44 20 8652 3153 or email: john.baker@icis.com.