Award categories

Four categories to choose from

To recognise the breadth of innovation in the chemical sector, ICIS Innovation Awards are given in four categories, as detailed below.

As well as a winner in each category, ICIS selects an overall winner each year, chosen from the four category winners. This Award will be presented by BASF, as lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2019.

Full details of last year’s winners can be found here

Best Product Innovation

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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.

Last Year’s Winner:

Stora Enso
Repurposing lignin as a renewable replacement for fossil- based materials

Other shortlisted entries in 2018:

Small particles with a big impact on coatings

Applied Research & Photonics
Terahertz nanoscanning spectrometer 3D imager

World’s first polycarbonate- resin pillar-less automotive front window

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Best Process Innovation

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.

Last Year’s Winner:

Galaxy Surfactants
Green process for the manufacture of amino acid surfactants

Other shortlisted entries in 2018:

Additive manufacturing evaporative casting

Sustainable, direct route from methane to methanesulphonic acid (MSA)

Renewable ethyl acetate using reactive distillation

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Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME)

The Best Innovation by a SME category gives SMEs, that great source and reservoir of innovation, a chance to shine.

Last Year’s Winner:

Electrochem Technologies & Materials
Electrowinning iron from copperas: a zero-carbon iron- making process

Other shortlisted entries in 2018:

High-octane biofuel via waste-to-biofuel technology

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Innovation with Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability Sponsored by Maroon Group

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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.
This 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.

Last Year’s Winner:

Lehigh Technologies
Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber powder

Other shortlisted entries in 2018:

Dow Chemical
Dow Ecofast Pure: a sustainable textile treatment

U.S. Water
Sustainable cooling tower treatment eliminates phosphorus discharge to the environment

Transforming the carpet industry towards full circularity

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