2018 Awards

 

FOUR CATEGORIES OF AWARDS

To recognise the breadth of innovation in the chemical sector, ICIS Innovation Awards are given in four categories, as detailed below.

ICIS selects an overall winner each year, chosen from the winners in the four categories. This Award will be presented by BASF, as lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018.

Full details of all winners can be found here

BEST PRODUCT INNOVATION – sponsored by Accenture

The Best Process Innovation category 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.

THIS YEAR'S WINNER:

Stora Enso

Repurposing lignin as a renewable replacement for fossil-based materials

Shortlisted entries for 2018

Stora Enso – Stora Enso biomaterials division – Repurposed lignin as a renewable replacement for fossil-based materials

AkzoNobel – Peter Greenwood – Small particles with a big impact on coatings

Applied Research & Photonics - Applied Research & Photonics - Terahertz nanoscanning spectrometer 3D imager

Teijin - Toshiaki Hotaka - World’s first polycarbonate-resin pillar-less automotive front window

BEST PROCESS INNOVATION

The Best Product Innovation category gives entrants a chance to show how innovative they are in the traditional but still vital area of product innovation.

THIS YEAR'S WINNER:

Galaxy Surfactants

Green process for the manufacture of amino acid surfactants

Shortlisted entries for 2018

Skuld – Mark DeBruin – Additive manufacturing evaporative casting

Grillo-Werke - Timo Ott and Ingo Biertuempel - Sustainable, direct route from methane to methanesulphonic acid (MSA)

Greenyug - Sagar Gadewar, Luca Zullo and Brian Vicente - Renewable ethyl acetate using reactive distillation

Galaxy Surfactants - Nirmal Koshti - Green process for manufacture of amino acid surfactants

BEST INNOVATION BY A SMALL OR MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISE (SME) - Sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical

The Best Innovation by a SME category gives SMEs, that great source and reservoir of innovation, a chance to shine.

THIS YEAR'S WINNER:

Electrochem Technologies & Materials

Electrowinning iron from copperas: a zero-carbon iron-making process The winners were judged to be companies that have made significant steps forward in technological and business innovation, with tangible results emerging during 2017 and the early part of this year.

Shortlisted entries for 2018

Enerkem – Mick Kopis – High-octane biofuel via waste-to-biofuel technology

Electrochem Technologies & Materials - Francois Cardarelli - Electrowinning iron from copperas: a zero-carbon iron-making process

INNOVATION WITH BEST BENEFIT FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY - Sponsored by Maroon Group

The chemical industry and innovative 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 reduced 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.

THIS YEAR'S WINNER:

Lehigh Technologies

Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber powder

Shortlisted entries for 2018

Dow Chemical – Ling Zhang-Watson – Dow Ecofast Pure - a sustainable textile treatment

U.S. Water - Mike Mowbray, Don Erickson and Paul Young - Sustainable cooling tower treatment eliminates phosphorus discharge to the environment

Lehigh Technologies - Alan Barton - Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber power (MRP)

DSM - Kelly Hall, Lukas Hoex, Norbert van der Nap, Brigit Verschuren, Chris Reutelingsperger and Valerie Reid - Transforming the carpet industry towards full circularity