Best Product Innovation category
Sponsored by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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.

The entries short-listed in this category are:

  • AkzoNobel International Paint - Intersleek 1100SR – patented slime release technology
  • Dow Chemical and Preferred Technology - Garnet 2.0 with Teraforce technology
  • Teijin - Innovative separators for next-generation lithium-ion batteries’ specifications
Best Process Innovation category

The Best Process Innovation category, revived last 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.

The entries short-listed in this category are:

  • AkzoNobel - Continuous initiator dosing (CiD)
  • AVA Biochem- Continuous, scalable production of platform chemical 5-HMF
  • GFBiochemicals - Making levulinic acid through technology innovation
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.

The entries short-listed in this category are:

  • Dow Chemical - Pack Studios – Dow introduces new collaboration model for the packaging industry
  • Enerkem - Technology to produce renewable chemicals and biofuels from non-recyclable waste
Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise
Sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical

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 entries short-listed in this category are:

  • Cella Energy - Solid hydrogen
  • Global Bioenergies - Direct fermentation to high-purity bio-based isobutylene
Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability
Sponsored by U.S. Chemicals

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 entries short-listed in this category are:

  • Archroma - EarthColors – developing natural waste-based dyes with full traceability
  • Dow Chemical - Dow ultrafiltration Purinze applied to an eco-washing machine
  • Global Green Products - Fresh water conservation in the Bakken