ICIS Innovation Awards 2014

Winners announcement: 20 October 2014
 

Award Categories

There are five innovation categories to choose from:

Our now well-established Innovation Awards are designed to recognise those companies that have made significant steps forward in technological and business innovation, with tangible results emerging during 2013 and the early part of this year.

The Awards are open to companies around the world, reflecting ICIS's global coverage of the industry.

 

Best Product Innovation

The Best Product Innovation category gives entrants a chance to show how innovative they are in the more traditional but still vital area of product development. It is this, after all, that brings in new business and/or makes existing products more attractive and competitive.

Entries should contain a 300 word statement outlining the innovation and its importance, the science behind it, and what the main benefits are to the company, the market and the customer.

The statement can be supported by uploaded files containing technical information and presentations, sales & marketing literature, press releases and any editorial coverage the innovation has attracted.

The judges will be looking for quality of scientific involved, scale of challenges overcome, potential market impacts and degree of wider applicability, amongst other things.

 

Best Process Innovation

The Best Process Innovation category, revived this year, gives entrants a chance to show how innovative they are in the fundamental areas of new process development and process improvement - vital areas of innovation underlying better use of energy and raw materials, improved economics, safer performance and lower environmental impact. And, of course, leading to improved products for the market.

Entries should contain a 300 word statement outlining the innovation and its importance, the science behind it, and what the main benefits are to the company, the market and the customer.

The statement can be supported by uploaded files containing technical information and presentations, sales & marketing literature, press releases and any editorial coverage the innovation has attracted.

The judges will be looking for quality of scientific involved, scale of challenges overcome, potential market impacts and degree of wider applicability, amongst other things.

 

Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise

This category allows small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), that great source and reservoir of innovation, a chance to shine with a product or process innovation. SMEs are defined as having less than 250 employees and a turnover below $75m.

Entries should contain a 300 word statement outlining the innovation and its importance, the science behind it, and what the main benefits are to the company, the market and the customer.

The statement can be supported by uploaded files containing technical information and presentations, sales & marketing literature, press releases and any editorial coverage the innovation has attracted.

The judges will be looking for quality of scientific involved, scale of challenges overcome, potential market impacts and degree of wider applicability, amongst other things.

 

Best Business Innovation

The Best Business Innovation category is intended to highlight wider-based innovation in the way chemical companies do business, beyond traditional product and process development.

New business solutions can be as important as technological or product development. Business innovation can add value and drive the right solutions to customers, and the industry.

This may be with new service offerings to customers or partnerships with suppliers and downstream collaborators; new approaches to the route to market; or even novel supply chain or business process operations.

Entries should contain a 300 word statement outlining the innovation and its importance, the drive behind it, and what the main benefits are to the company, the market and the customer.

The statement can be supported by uploaded files containing technical information and presentations, sales & marketing literature, press releases and any editorial coverage the innovation has attracted.

The judges will be looking for quality of innovation involved, the scale of challenges overcome, potential market impacts and degree of wider applicability, amongst other things.

 

Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability

This new category for 2014 is a combination of the environment and sustainability categories from previous years, merged as a result of the inter-relation of these two areas.

The chemical industry and its innovative expertise can play an important role in addressing many of today's environmental concerns, including global warming, pollution, recycling, water supply security and nutrition.

The category is designed to recognise those companies that have incorporated the ideas of environmental performance and sustainability into their innovation in the areas of product and process developments and approach to business overall.

Entries might include improved manufacturing processes or products, with reduce environmental impact, or new products that tackle the issues above. They should show a distinct benefit to the environment and to the sustainability of the company and its customers.

Entrants should show how environmental and sustainability criteria are built into the innovation being entered for the Awards, and how it impacts their environmental, economic and social performance.

Entries should contain a 300 word statement outlining the innovation or sustainability project and its importance, the stimulus and science behind it, and what the main benefits are to the company, its stakeholders and the public.

Sponsors

Overall Sponsor

Roland Berger

Category Sponsor

U.S. Chemicals