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The future of the chemical industry relies on those who overcome challenges and drive critical advancements in compounds, formulations, advanced materials and production processes

ln the chemicals industry, continuous innovation and process improvement have been the key to creating considerable value for customers and investors. And yet, many accomplishments from the industry are not as visible to the market as they could be.

Industrial chemists, for instance, improve product performance and achieve customer requirements by innovating at the molecular level and discovering the changes in substances and processes that may have important implications to manufacturing, the environment and safety.

The same is true for the engineers working in manufacturing, where process improvement and engineering design is the focus. They also identify changes to plant design, equipment and processes that can meaningfully improve safety, reduce cycle times and minimise operational disruptions.

Reaching that "Alpha" moment—achieving an important milestone for the first time - may happen in an instant, but one doesn't get there without unrelenting perseverance, knowledge and skill.

It is therefore important to recognise those who are making these strides. With demands for high performance products, faster returns on innovation investments, lower costs of research and manufacturing, and lower emissions and safer manufacturing, the future of the chemical industry relies on those who overcome challenges and drive critical advancements in compounds, formulations, advanced materials and production processes.

For this reason, Elsevier’s R&D Solutions is honoured to again sponsor this year's ICIS lnnovation Awards, celebrating the companies and individual innovators who have created and commercialised notable product and process innovations in the industry.

Additionally, we are delighted to co-sponsor, with ICIS, the second annual "Alpha lnnovator of the Year” category, recognising two high-performing individuals who have played a critical role in improving product performance, solving customer problems and making progress towards environment and sustainability goals.

Let's celebrate those who are achieving commercial success through innovation while also paving the way for us to pass on a better Earth to future generations.

Elsevier’s R&D Solutions wishes continued success to all the nominees. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

About Elsevier'S R&D Solutions

Elsevier’s R&D Solutions is a portfolio of tools that integrate data, analytics and technology capabilities to help chemical companies more efficiently achieve commercial success, safety, and compliant manufacturing for chemical products and processes.

U.S. Chemicals


U.S. Chemicals, a Maroon Group company, is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of its employees and community by practising sustainability and respect for the environment. U.S. Chemicals is pleased to sponsor, for the 9th consecutive year, the Innovation with Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability category of the ICIS Innovation Awards.

U.S. Chemicals is a diversified chemical distribution company that supplies quality chemicals at world-wide pricing. For customers and supply partners U.S. Chemicals is a trusted collaborator, whose nimble team is dedicated to leveraging decades of experience, relationships and a can-do attitude to assess risk, thus making decisions quickly and acting boldly and accurately.

U.S. Chemicals is set apart by the speed, flexibility and innovativeness of its employees; the team leads customers in identifying the best solutions for each opportunity and business challenge: grasping suppliers’ and customers’ needs and solving problems.

In addition to a variety of sustainability programmes – recycling, creation of green space/organic gardening, heating/lighting efficiency initiatives, paperless initiatives and wellness programmes at the headquarters in Darien - U.S. Chemicals seeks suppliers, principals and logistics providers that have sustainable programmes and processes in place. USC’s business partners are vetted to ensure that standards are met.

Social responsibility and giving back have long been part of U.S. Chemicals’ corporate culture and the company has an extensive history of supporting organisations in the environmental, educational and health arenas.

Collaborations have included programmes with Charity Water, Because I am a Girl and Trees for a Change. Most recently, U.S. Chemicals has led a campaign to raise, and match, up to $50,000 for AmeriCares’ Free Health Clinics serving the low-income and under/un-insured in the Connecticut County where the company is based. Since 1998, U.S. Chemicals has donated more than $300,000 to AmeriCares.

About U.S. Chemicals

Serving the needs of the chemical industry for over 56 years, U.S. Chemicals, a Maroon Group company, combines quality, innovation and service like no other.  U.S. Chemicals has built a team that thoroughly understands the complexities of the chemical industry and includes experts at material sourcing and acquisition.

U.S. Chemicals serves as a diversified source for the chemical requirements of many industry sectors, including paint, ink and coatings; chemicals and textiles; cosmetic and personal care products; flame retardants; food and pharmaceutical; plastic; and rubber. It offers prompt delivery from multiple warehouse locations throughout the US.

U.S. Chemicals’ world-wide network of resources assures customers of highly competitive pricing, optimum quality and consistency, epic customer care, and rapid worry-free sourcing and delivery.

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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, 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 2017 ICIS Innovation Awards.

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Accenture is pleased to sponsor the “Best Product Innovation” category of the 2017 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, fibers 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 specialized 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 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at