LONDON, October 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
ICIS (http://www.icis.com ), the trusted information provider for the global chemical and energy industries, today reveals that Huntsman Textile Effects has been chosen as the overall winner in the ICIS Innovation Awards (http://www.icis.com/awards) for 2014.
Its AVITERA SE poly-reactive dyes for cotton and cotton blends were judged to be a significant scientific advance, and one that goes a long way to answering the textile industry's sustainability challenge in terms of water, energy and waste reductions.
The Awards, sponsored overall by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (http://www.rolandberger.com) and with category sponsorship from U.S. Chemicals, LLC (http://www.uschemicals.com), recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the global chemical industry.
The Huntsman entry also won the category for Innovation with the Best Benefit to Environment or Sustainability, sponsored by U.S. Chemicals, LLC.
Other winners this year were:
Best Product Innovation (sponsored by Roland Berger)
Solvay, for its Emana polyamide fibres with emission of beneficial far infrared radiation
Best Process Innovation
Honeywell UOP, with INEOS and Total, for Advanced methanol-to-olefins process
Best Innovation by an SME
Argex Titanium, for a novel route to titanium dioxide pigment
The judging panel also awarded Clariant a special mention in the Best Process Innovation category, for its Heat Generating Material for use in on-purpose olefin production using the Catofin process.
John Baker, ICIS editor and organiser of the Awards, commented that: "This year the Awards attracted a near-record entry, showcasing a wide range of excellent innovation across the chemical sector.
"All the winners demonstrate not only that innovation is well and truly alive in the chemical industry but that this innovation brings benefits not only to companies and their customers but the environment as well. And it helps the sustainability of the business of chemicals."
Full descriptions of all the winning entries, and interviews with the sponsors, can be found at http://www.icis.com/awards
Notes to Editors:
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.
About Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy with German heritage and of 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 220 Partners.
For further information contact:
Partner, Roland Berger
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, LLC actively supports environmentally responsible manufacturers and distributors of chemical products and services.
For further information, contact:
The winners can be contacted for more information at:
Huntsman Textile Effects
Global Communications Director
Tel: +65-6390-6482 or +65-9777-5675
Marketing and Innovation Manager, Fibras
Marketing and Sales Manager
Global Media Relations