Winners now announced for 2017

Award Sponsors


Congratulations to AkzoNobel, winner of the overall Innovation of the Year award, sponsored by Elesvier’s R&D Solutions, for its Interline 9001 cargo tank coating system, designed to help chemical ship owners and operators to improve performance and reduce costs. The innovation has also won the Best Product Innovation category, sponsored by Accenture.

Other category winners this year are:

  • Best Process Innovation – and overall special mention
    Dow Chemical - Fluidised catalytic dehydrogenation process (FCDh)
  • Best Innovation by an SME, sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical
    Genomatica - GENO BG: a more natural, sustainable way to make butylene glycol
  • Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability, sponsored by U.S. Chemicals
    Enerkem - Driving the circular economy by converting waste to everyday goods
  • ALPHA INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - New Product Development/Process Optimisation
    Muralidhar Ingale, Adroit Pharmachem - A cost-effective process for converting waste ammonia and CO2 into phthalocyanine compounds via intermediates
  • ALPHA INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Environment/Sustainability
    Dr Mei Li, Dow AgroSciences - Design, implementation and commercialisation of three novel agrochemical products

Now in their 14th year, the annual ICIS Innovation Awards seek to recognise and reward companies and individuals that show high levels of innovation in products and processes, as well as providing benefits to the environment and leading progress towards sustainability.

You can read all about this year’s winners and sponsors here

AkzoNobel’s Interlink 9001 cargo tank coating cuts cleaning time and cost
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 four categories and an overall Best Innovation for 2017 (see below).

They will also judge the Alpha Innovator of the Year entries.

Sponsor support

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

ICIS is delighted this year to welcome Accenture, for its sponsorship of the Best Product Innovation category.

ICIS is also grateful for the continued support of 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.

The annual ICIS lnnovation Awards are open to any chemical company or collaborative effort between companies and academia, regardless of where in the world they are based.

The judges are looking for innovative projects that solve problems or provide solutions for the company entering and/or its customers, or demonstrate an innovative approach to business, the environment and/or sustainability.

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’s R&D Solutions, as lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2017 at a lunch event in central London. The individual and company category winners will be presented with their awards at the same time as the overall winner.

Corporate Categories

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