ICIS Launches Chemical Industry Innovation Awards for 2014

Apr 22, 2014, 07:32 ET from ICIS

LONDON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Adds new Best Process Innovation category  

ICIS (http://www.icis.com ), the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries, today calls for entries for its 11th annual ICIS Innovation Awards (http://www.icis.com/awards), designed to recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.

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

Distribution company U.S. Chemicals (http://www.uschemicals.com) continues this year as a category sponsor of the newly merged Innovation with Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability category.

In addition, this year, the Awards offer the chance to enter innovative process developments in the Best Process Innovation category. The move creates a more specific category for this important aspect of chemical innovation, says Awards manager John Baker of ICIS, "We hope to expand the number of entries by doing so."  

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 continue in the role of overall sponsor of this prestigious awards 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."

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 Process Innovation 
  • Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) 
  • Best Business Innovation 
  • Innovation with Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability - sponsored by U.S. Chemicals

Baker adds that:  "We are delighted to be celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Awards. They continue to grow and gain industry support. We once again look forward to highlighting the very best of innovation in the chemical industry.

"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 1 July 2014. The winners will be announced on 22 October 2014.

For more information or to enter the awards, visit http://www.icis.com/awards  or call John Baker on +44(0)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 more than 30 years' experience in providing pricing information, news, analysis and consulting to buyers, sellers and analysts.

With a global staff of more than 800, ICIS has employees based in Houston, Washington, New York, London, Montpellier, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Milan, Mumbai, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Yantai, Tokyo, Perth. ICIS is a division of Reed Business Information, part of Reed Elsevier Plc.

For further information contact:
John Baker
Global editor, ICIS
Tel: + 44(0)20-8652-3153
Email: john.baker@icis.com
Web site: http://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: http://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:  http://www.uschemicals.com