To recognise the breadth of innovation in the chemical sector, the ICIS Innovation Awards offer four categories to enter, as detailed below.
Companies may enter as many innovations as they wish, but can enter each innovation into one category only.
Entries should contain a 300-word statement outlining the innovation and its importance, the science behind it and key advances/issues overcome, and what the main benefits are to the company, the market and the customer, or the environment and sustainability.
The statement can be supported by files containing technical information and presentations, sales & marketing literature, press releases and any editorial coverage the innovation has attracted.
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.
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.
2017 – AkzoNobel – Interline 9001 cargo tank advanced coating system
2016 - Dow Chemical - Canvera polyolefin dispersions for food and beverage metal can coatings
2015 - AkzoNobel - lntersleek 1100SR patented anti-slime release coating for ships hulls
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.
2017 – Dow Chemical – Fluidised catalytic dehydrogenation process (FCDh)
2016 - Siluria Technologies - Oxidative coupling of methane
2015 - No award made
The Best Innovation by a SME category gives SMEs, that great source and reservoir of innovation, a chance to shine.
2017 – Genomatica – Geno BG: a more natural, sustainable way to make butylene glycol
2016 - Compact Membrane Systems - Membrane separation of olefins and paraffins
2015 - Cella Energy - Solid hydrogen
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.
2017 – Enerkem – Driving the circular economy by converting waste to everyday goods
2016 - Covestro and CAT Catalytic Center RWTH Aachen - Use of carbon dioxide in the production of plastics
2015 - Global Green Products - Fresh water conservation in the Bakken
2014 - Huntsman Textile Effects - Revolutionary dyes confront textile industry sustainability challenges