2018 Awards

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Chemistry has always been an enabler for innovation as it provides solutions to the needs of our society, combining care for the environment and economic success.

Our growing population of an estimated 10bn people by 2050 will need access to affordable energy, housing, healthcare and quality of food. At the same time, we must strive to consume fewer resources.

“Driving sustainable solutions should be the ultimate goal for companies, start-ups and academia aiming for profitable growth based on innovative chemistry – both ecologically friendly as well as socially accepted,” states Detlef Kratz, senior vice president for technology and operational excellence.

“Looking at this year’s awards this is clearly a driver of innovation, providing technologies that enable us to consume less with more efficient and better products.”

With this in mind, sustainability-driven innovation has always been a cornerstone of BASF’s strategy leading to a unique track record of novel products and processes. Just to name a few, the range includes highly energy efficient industrial chemical processes, chemical solutions for water treatment and novel battery materials that give batteries longer life spans and keep costs and battery weight low.

Speed and adaption to change is a further challenge in today’s multi-facetted innovation landscape. BASF is committed to developing digital technologies and embraces data-driven research methods which have a rapidly expanding influence on R&D. Our supercomputer Quriosity is just one example how this is put into practice.

“We would like to share this spirit with those who work on innovations in the chemical industry and are honoured to support the ICIS Innovation Awards this year. Our recognition goes to all the teams and people behind contributions for a sustainable future,” adds Kratz.

“The projects nicely show that brilliant minds come up with outstanding ideas. Congratulations to all teams and especially to the selected winning projects!”



Maroon Group is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients across North America that continually strives to improve its corporate social responsibility, including all aspects related to the environment, social, ethics and global supply chain. We take pride in associating with companies that value sustainability and environmental responsibility and that share these values by supplying safe and consistent products.

Through our dedication as a responsible organisation, we are proud to sponsor the Innovation with Best Benefit to the 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 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 2018 EcoVadis Silver Rating, Maroon Group takes a proactive role in addressing corporate responsibility and sustainability in the global supply chain by adopting international sustainable development standards spanning 21 criteria across four themes of Environment, Fair Labor Practices, Ethics/Fair Business Practices, and Supply Chain. In addition, Maroon Group has been recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its 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 CARE, CASE, HI&I, Plastics and Specialty Intermediates. We leverage a common infrastructure of industry leading technology, value-add services, global sourcing & 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. 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 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 449,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

Visit us at www.accenture.com.