ICIS launches chemical industry Innovation Awards for 2013

Welcomes Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as overall sponsor

London, UK, 22 April 2013 – ICIS (www.icis.com), the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries, today calls for entries for its 10th annual ICIS Innovation Awards (www.icis.com/awards), designed to recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.

ICIS is pleased to welcome international management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (www.rolandberger.com) as overall sponsor of the Awards. Roland Berger will also continue as sponsor of the Best Product Innovation category this year.

Neil Checker, a partner at Roland Berger and also a member of the Awards judging panel, comments that: “We are honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to take on the role of overall sponsor of this prestigious award programme, following on from our support in previous years as Best Product Innovation sponsor.

“Together with our fellow sponsors we look forward with excitement to reviewing the submissions this year and honouring the winners.”

U.S Chemicals (www.uschemicals.com) is again sponsoring the Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit category. And this year ICIS welcomes for the first time Italy’s Versalis (www.eni.com/brand_eni/en/marchio/versalis/case_history.shtml) and US-based distributor Nexeo Solutions (www.nexeosolutions.com) as new sponsors, for the Best Innovation for Sustainability and the Best Business Innovation categories, respectively.

The awards enable companies to celebrate their success in the vital activity of innovation and the increasingly important areas of sustainability and environmental performance. 

There are five categories to enter:

  • Best Product Innovation – sponsored by Roland Berger  
  • Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME)
  • Best Business Innovation – sponsored by Nexeo Solutions
  • Best Innovation for Sustainability – sponsored by Versalis  
  • Innovation with the Best Environmental Benefit – sponsored by U.S. Chemicals 

John Baker, global editor at ICIS and organiser of the Awards, notes that:  “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Awards this year. They continue to grow and gain industry support. We once again look forward to highlighting the very best of innovation in the chemical industry later in the year.

“There is tremendous effort and investment going into innovation in the chemical sector today, as companies seek answers to many of society’s global problems and seek to ensure their long-term sustainability.”

The Awards are open to entry from today, with a deadline for entries of 3 July 2013. The winners will be announced on 21 October 2013.

For more information or to enter the awards, visit www.icis.com/awards  or call John Baker on +44 20 8652 3153. 

Notes to Editors:

About ICIS

ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider, and has fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. Our aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering trusted pricing data, high-value news, analysis and independent consulting, enabling our customers to make better-informed trading and planning decisions.  We have over 30 years’ experience of providing pricing information, news, analysis and consultancy to buyers, sellers and analysts. For more information on ICIS visit www.icis.com.

For further information contact:

John Baker
Global editor, ICIS
Tel: + 44 20 8652 3153
Email: john.baker@icis.com
Web site: www.icis.com

About Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Roland Berger is one of the world’s leading strategy consultants, founded in 1967, with 2,700 employees working in over 50 offices in all major international markets. The strategy consultancy is an independent partnership exclusively owned by about 250 partners.

The firm advises leading corporations, non-profit organisations and public institutions on management issues ranging from strategy development to performance improvement. Roland Berger's business is organised into global functional and industry competence centres. Its practice areas include corporate and business unit strategy, marketing and sales, innovation strategy and management , operations strategy, restructuring and corporate finance and M&A advisory.

Industry specialties include energy and chemicals, automotive, consumer goods ,retail, engineered products and high-tech, financial services, information communications, pharmaceuticals and health care, public services and transportation.

For further information contact:

Neil Checker
Partner, Roland Berger
Tel: +49 211 4389 2237
Email: neil.checker@ rolandberger.com
Web site: www.rolandberger.com

About U.S. Chemicals LLC

U.S. Chemicals, LLC, is a 50-year-old worldwide specialty chemical distributor serving the textiles, paint, flame retardants, plastic, cosmetic, personal care, food and pharmaceutical industries. A woman-owned business based in Darien, Connecticut, US, U.S. Chemicals actively supports environmentally responsible manufacturers and distributors of chemical products and services.

For further information, contact:

Carol Piccaro
U.S. Chemicals LLC
Tel: +1 203 655 8878
Email: cpiccaro@uschemicals.com
Web site:  www.uschemicals.com

About Nexeo Solutions

Nexeo Solutions is the largest global chemical distributor with a centralised business model. The company provides broad logistics capabilities, in-depth market knowledge and dedicated technical expertise. As a private company employing more than 2,300 employees with operations across North America, Europe and Asia, Nexeo Solutions is a leading distributor of chemicals, plastics, composites and environmental services.  

Learn more at www.nexeosolutions.com

For further information, contact:

Kristen Allen
Senior communications specialist, Nexeo Solutions
Tel: +1 281 297 0070
Email: kristen_allen@nexeosolutions.com
Website: www.nexeosolutions.com

About Reed Business Information Ltd

Reed Business Information Ltd brings market leading brands to an audience of millions of decision makers worldwide through its multi-platform media of data services, online lead generation services, community websites, magazines and events. Reed Business Information Ltd is part of Reed Elsevier, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors.

About Reed Elsevier Group plc

Reed Elsevier Group plc is a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV; the combined market capitalisation of the two parent companies is approximately £15bn/€17bn. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.