NiTech wins ICIS Innovation Award

Genzyme ICIS.pngRegular readers may remember that the blog is also non-exec chairman of NiTech Solutions, a technology spin-out from the chemical engineering department at Heriot Watt University in Scotland.

They will therefore understand its delight that NiTech have won this year’s ICIS Innovation award in the SME (Small/Medium size Enterprise) category.

The picture above shows the plant that won the award – installed with Genzyme, the leading biotech company. The technology offers a major cost reduction (both capex and opex) for those currently using stirred tank reactors, as well as better product quality, lower carbon footprint and waste reduction.

NiTech’s technology is particularly strong for mixing and crystallisation applications, where a number of chemical/pharma majors have already begun feasibility studies. Hopefully the Award will encourage other companies to investigate its potential for their businesses.

It is not easy being an SME in the current economic climate. The blog therefore congratulates its NiTech colleagues on this major success. The full ICIS report is available by clicking here. A short video demonstrating the technology can be seen by clicking below.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.


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