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SusChem to play key role in European Innovation Partnerships

A strong commitment to playing a leading role in the European Commission’s proposed European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) was evident at last week’s SusChem annual stakeholder event in Amsterdam. SusChem, the Cefic/EuropaBio European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, is looking to support four key EIPs – Smart Cities, resource efficiency in the process industries, water efficient Europe and […]

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Innovation at Dow Corning

As the ICIS Innovation Awards 2011 builds towards the entry deadline of 4 July, it’s good to see our key sponsor Dow Corning getting coverage for its innovation strategy – this time in McKinsey’s quarterly bulletin. The US consultancy has interviewed chairman Stephanie Burns and chief technology officer Gregg Zank – a regular judge on the ICIS […]

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Quick source of innovation ideas

Keeping up with my fellow bloggers on innovation, I came across this useful list of articles that had generated plenty of traffic on innovation strategy in April. It’s on the Blogging Innovation site, which I have referred to previously and find has good articles on general innovation if not always chemical. Also featuring here this […]

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DSM, Roquette scale up bio-route to succinic acid

Innovation in the bio-based material sector continues to make ground. Amongst latest news is the decision by Netherlands-based major DSM to proceed with a 10,000 tonne/year commercial-scale facility for bio-succinic acid in collaboration with France’s Roquette Freres. The plant, using yeast fermentation of crop-based materials, will be built on Roquette’s site in Cassano Spinola in […]

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Tree bark may be used in polyurethanes

News has just come my way that Huntsman Polyurethanes is to join the Bark Biorefinery Consortium Project, a four-year Canadian joint venture between academia and industry that is exploring how best to extract value from tree bark, a forest residue left over by the lumber industry. The collaborative research program has a total budget of Can$5.25m and is […]

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Open innovation at P&G

The chemical industry is gradually getting to grips with open innovation (OI) – as this article from the UK’s Royal Society for Chemistry by Sean Milmo, also a regular writer for ICIS, sets out. DSM is a leading exponent, even boasting a vice president for open innovation in the form of Rob Kirschbaum, a long-standing friend of ICIS. You […]

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IYC art exhibition at SusChem Amsterdam meeting

ICIS is looking forward to its collaboration as media partner with SusChem, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry. Two editors will attend the upcoming SusChem annual stakeholder day event in Amsterdam on 17 May. Participants at the meeting will have the opportunity to take an exclusive preview of an international art exhibition. During the lunch interval the […]

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DSM/AkzoNobel boost innovation push

My colleague Will Beacham on ICIS Chemical Business has just published this interesting piece on the changing pace of innovation in the chemicals sector, with interviews with leading executives at DSM and AkzoNobel as well as consultants at Accenture. Well worth a look.Accenture’s Stephan Scholtissek argues that “CEOs should recognize that the core of the company […]

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Strategies for R&D in emerging economies

ICIS has run several roundtables recently where innovation has risen as a topic, particularly the growing move by chemical majors to carry out innovation in places like China and the difficulties encountered. Now consultancy McKinsey has carried out an industry survey to assess the current situation.It finds that many companies have not even addressed the issue of doing […]

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ICIS launches eighth Innovation Awards

At last – after weeks of preparation I can officially launch the ICIS Innovation Awards 2011. This annual competition, now in its eighth year, recognises outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry. Dow Corning is the overall lead sponsor for the Awards, as it has been from their inception in 2004. CRA returns […]

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