2018 Awards

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Chemistry has always been an enabler for innovations in numerous industries as it provides solutions for current and future needs of our society.

The number of people living on earth is growing. Latest numbers from the UN project almost 10bn people by 2050 and by then almost 3bn more people will live in cities.

Our growing population will need access to affordable energy, housing, healthcare and quality food. At the same time, we must strive to consume fewer resources, be it land, water, minerals, or oil. An example, each year the area of arable land on our planet is shrinking by 12m hectares which is about 50% the size of Great Britain.

Chemistry is an essential driver of sustainability. And it is innovation in chemistry that will provide the products and technologies that will enable us to consume less, be more efficient and produce better products for all people. A farmer today produces 30 times more food than over 150 years ago when BASF was founded.

A unique track record of innovations is what makes up the core of BASF and consequently, innovation forms the cornerstone of BASF’s strategy. Synthetic dyes, ammonia as the basis for fertilizers, polymers as raw material for insulation foams and packaging, synthetically produced vitamins, blockbuster fungicides and plant biotechnology are just a few examples.

“As the most innovative company in the chemical industry, BASF has long been developing solutions for the biggest challenges of our time, and has enjoyed great success in doing so. And we are continuously working on many more innovations to improve people’s day-to-day lives” says Detlef Kratz, senior vice president for technology and operational excellence.

We would like to share this spirit with those who work on innovations in the chemical industry. For this reason, we are honoured to support the ICIS Innovation Awards for the first time and acknowledge the teams and people behind contributions for a sustainable future. We are optimistic that brilliant minds will come up with outstanding ideas. We wish all of them great success.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 115,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organised into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of €64.5bn in 2017. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS).



Maroon Group is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients that values sustainability and environmental responsibility. We take pride in associating with companies that share these values as we strive to create success for our customers by supplying safe and consistent products.

Through our dedication as a responsible organisation, we are proud to sponsor, for the 10th consecutive year, the Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability category of the ICIS Innovation Awards.

Maroon Group is an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and holds a Responsible Distribution (RD) certification. This third-party verification of environmental, health, safety, and security programmes demonstrates our commitment to continuous performance improvement and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. Furthermore, our ISO 9001 certification reaffirms this commitment via our policies and procedures.

As part of our EcoVadis rating, Maroon Group takes a proactive role in addressing corporate responsibility and sustainability in 21 Environment, Fair Labor Practices, Ethics/Fair Business Practices, and Supply Chain criteria. Maroon Group has been recognised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for our commitment to reduce waste, improve efficiency, and continuously work to progress as an environmental steward.

About Maroon Group LLC

Maroon Group is one of the fastest growing specialty chemical and ingredient distributors in North America. Our operating verticals focus on end markets which include CASE, plastics, CARE and specialty intermediates. We leverage a common infrastructure of industry leading technology, value-add services, global sourcing and logistics network, and a commitment to Creating Customer Success®.

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ExxonMobil Chemical


ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Our unique portfolio of commodity and specialty businesses generates annual sales of more than 24m tonnes of prime products.

The commitment by ExxonMobil Chemical to maintain a leadership position in technology is fundamental to our continued success. We have a broad portfolio of proprietary process, product and product applications expertise. Now, more than ever, chemicals are the building blocks of modern life.

Chemicals play a key role in fields integral to human progress, including transportation, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, as well as efficient manufacturing and packaging of a wide array of consumer goods.

As an organisation with technological achievements that have enriched the lives of people everywhere, ExxonMobil Chemical is pleased to sponsor the Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise category of the 2018 ICIS Innovation Awards.

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Accenture is pleased to sponsor the Best Product Innovation category of the 2018 ICIS Innovation Awards. In today’s business environment, companies need to continually reinvent themselves. At Accenture, we take an innovation-led approach to help clients “imagine and invent” their future.

We are always looking ahead to anticipate what’s next. We use an innovation-led approach to help our clients develop and deliver disruptive innovations, and to scale them faster. From research, ventures and labs to studios, innovation centres and delivery centres, we help companies imagine the future and bring it to life.

Accenture’s chemical industry group helps chemical companies apply innovation, transformational strategies and digital enablement for growth, differentiation and superior operations. We have over 30 years of experience working in all segments of the chemical industry – including basic and intermediate chemicals, polymers, fibres and elastomers, agricultural chemicals, paints and coatings, industrial gases, and other specialty chemicals – across the value chain.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.

With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.