Overall Sponsor

Roland Berger

Roland Berger
Roland Berger continues as overall sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards

ICIS is pleased to welcome back international management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as overall sponsor of the ICS Innovation Awards 2015. Roland Berger also continues this year as sponsor of the Best Product Innovation category.

Neil Checker, partner at Roland Berger and also a member of the Awards judging panel, comments that: “Once again we are honoured and delighted to continue in our role of overall sponsor of this innovation award programme. Our sponsorship of this prestigious programme reflects Roland Berger’s commitment to helping clients develop and improve their innovation capabilities from innovation strategy through to implementation of innovation processes and organisation structures.”

Digital innovation and Industry 4.0

Traditionally “innovation” has been most strongly linked to, or synonymous with, R&D. We have actively supported the ICIS programme in extending the scope of “innovation” to include and recognise examples of innovative business models being adopted by firms within the broader context of business innovation. We believe no better example of extending such boundaries is the emergence of digital technologies and solutions when applied to areas of product and process technology, engineering and manufacturing.

At Roland Berger we are actively supporting companies in the industry to identify opportunities for efficiency improvement and market effectiveness across the whole internal value chain, from product innovation through to manufacturing and customer facing solutions enabled though digital technologies. Examples of innovations range from topics such predictive maintenance solutions in “classical chemicals” processes, through to new market intelligence systems and services for customer management in crop protection.

We believe that faster market impact of product and process innovation across global value chains will be enabled through this increasing shift from analogue to digitally enabled business models.

About Roland Berger

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy of German heritage and European origin. With 2,400 employees working from 36 countries, we have successful operations in all major international markets. Our 50 offices are located in the key global business hubs. The consultancy is an independent partnership owned exclusively by its 220 partners.

Category Sponsor

U.S. Chemicals

U.S Chemicals, LLC is proud to be sponsoring the environment and sustainability category again this year in the ICIS Innovation Awards. As a woman-owned US-based chemical distributor we are committed to the practice of sustainability and respect for our environment.

Our sponsorship also reflects our commitment to innovation and our “thinking outside the box” when it comes to meeting our suppliers’ and customers’ needs and solving their problems. The “Thinking outside the box” terminology represents our new campaign to highlight our business model and how we are not “business as usual”.

The dedicated team at U.S. Chemicals brings to bear its experience, intuition and willingness to take calculated risks to make decisions quickly and accurately. All based on a firm bedrock of historic wisdom and proven procedures.

On sustainability, we ensure our suppliers, principals and our logistics providers have sustainable processes in place. We vet those companies we work with and will change who we do business with if they are not up to our standards.

As part of our corporate social responsibility programme, we encourage a relaxed and healthy workplace, with wellness a priority, and also consistent support of charitable activities.

This year U.S. Chemicals has chosen to support the non-profit AmeriCares organisation to make a difference and give back. AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organisation committed to saving lives and building healthier futures for people in crisis in the US and around the world.

Social responsibility and giving back have long been part of U.S. Chemicals’ corporate culture. We believe health is a human right and that it is critical to a productive society. Since 1998, the company has donated close to $300,000 to AmeriCares. Many recent donations have been targeted to AmeriCares Free Clinics, serving the low-income uninsured in the communities close by where both AmeriCares and U.S. Chemicals are headquartered.

As a hands-on executive, I have personally participated in several AmeriCares airlifts to experience first-hand AmeriCares’ work in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. It is fascinating and rewarding to see all of the great works AmeriCares has accomplished in these countries.

AmeriCares has created a unique fundraising web page for U.S. Chemicals and over the year, the company will encourage employees and clients alike to donate and get involved. The 2015 fundraising goal is $50,000, which U.S. Chemicals will match dollar for dollar. This giving platform extends the opportunity to our clients, employees and their networks and demonstrates how important and effective we think philanthropy is for everyone. Please visit http://my.americares.org/us-chemicals/us-chemicals-supports-americares

You can also show how you are making a contribution to sustainability through you own work and innovations. How better to gain recognition than through the ICIS Innovation Awards.

Carol Piccaro, President and CEO, U.S. Chemicals, LLC

About U.S. Chemicals

Serving the needs of the chemical industry for over 55 years, U.S. Chemicals LLC combines quality, innovation and service like none other. U.S. Chemicals has built a team of industry experts that thoroughly understands the complexities of the chemical industry and includes experts at material sourcing and acquisition.

U.S. Chemicals serves as a single source for the chemical acquisition needs 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.

Its world-wide network of resources assures customers of highly competitive pricing, optimum quality and consistency, and rapid worry-free sourcing and delivery.

Category Sponsor

ExxonMobil Chemical

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of oil and gas resources and is one of the world’s largest integrated refiners, marketers of petroleum products and chemical manufacturers.

We are also a technology company, applying science and innovation to find better, safer and cleaner ways to deliver the energy and chemicals the world needs.

Technological innovation will play a central role in our ability to increase supply, improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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.

Gains in technology will remain essential and should be promoted. This is vital to maximizing economic opportunities and boosting living standards the world over.

Scientists, engineers, and other innovators in the global chemical industry are engaged in developing new and better process technologies, new chemical compounds and products, and new applications for existing chemical products.

As an organisation with technological achievements that have enriched the lives of people everywhere, ExxonMobil Chemical Company is pleased to sponsor the Small to Medium Enterprise category of the 2015 ICIS Chemical Business Innovation Awards.

About ExxonMobil Chemical Company

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.

We have world-scale manufacturing facilities in all major regions, and our products serve as the building blocks for a wide variety of everyday consumer and industrial products. We process feedstocks from ExxonMobil’s Upstream and Downstream operations, supplemented with market sources, to manufacture chemical products for higher-value end uses.

We focus on product lines that capitalise on scale and technology advantages, building on our strengths in advantaged feedstocks, lower-cost processes, and premium products. As a result, we have strong positions in the markets we serve.