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ICIS Launches This Year's Search for Best Chemical Industry Innovations
LONDON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    ICIS ( ), the trusted information provider for the 
global chemical and energy industries, today calls for entries for its 14th 
annual ICIS Innovation Awards ( ), designed to 
recognise outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical 

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    ICIS is pleased to confirm Elsevier's R&D Solutions 
( ), the information analytics company
specialising in science and health, as the lead sponsor for the Awards for the 
second year running.

    Distribution company U.S. Chemicals (, a Maroon 
Group company, continues as a category sponsor, supporting the Innovation with 
Best Benefit for Environment and Sustainability category. ExxonMobil Chemical 
( also stays on board, sponsoring the 
category for Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise.

    John Baker, ICIS Innovation Awards manager at ICIS, comments: "We are 
delighted to have the continued support of all three sponsors, a sign that the 
awards continue to be successful in their goal of highlighting the importance 
of innovation in the chemical industry.

    "The awards continue to grow and gain industry support and last year 
attracted a record level of entries. We once again look forward to highlighting 
the very best of innovation in the chemical industry - by both companies and 

    Christina Valimaki, senior director, chemical segment marketing, at 
Elsevier's R&D Solutions, and also a member of the ICIS Innovation Awards 
judging panel, adds: "The demands on those working in chemical R&D and 
manufacturing to create and commercialise solutions that solve business 
challenges and support the industry's customers, society at large and the 
environment, are vast.

    "Elsevier's R&D Solutions is excited to partner with the ICIS Innovation 
Awards again this year to honour the scientists and researchers who are at the 
heart of some of the industry's greatest advances. We look forward to putting a 
spotlight on the individual people behind these groundbreaking innovations via 
the Alpha Innovator of the Year Award, now in its second year."

    Celebrating success 

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

    There are four categories for companies to enter:

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

    The two categories for individuals -- the Alpha Innovator of the Year Award 
– launched last year, will honour individual industrial researchers for their 
outstanding contributions in two areas:
    - New Product Development/Process Optimisation
    - Environment and Sustainability

    The ICIS Innovation Awards and the Alpha Innovator of the Year Award are 
open to entry from today, with a deadline for entries of 30 June 2017. The 
winners will be announced in October 2017.

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

    Notes to Editors:

    About ICIS

    ICIS is an independent price reporting agency focusing on global energy, 
petrochemical and fertilizer markets, and we have covered the complex UK 
electricity market for nearly two decades. Every day, we assess electricity 
contracts for more than 40 different delivery periods in the UK market alone. 
The analysis and data that we produce is widely used as a reference price in 
energy contracts.

    It is our aim 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.

    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 and Perth. ICIS 
is a division of Reed Business Information [ ].

    About Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information provides information, analytics and data to business 
professionals worldwide. Our strong global products and services hold 
market-leading positions across a wide range of industry sectors including 
banking, petrochemicals and aviation where we help customers make key strategic 
decisions every day. RBI is part of RELX Group, a global provider of 
information and analytics for professional customers across industries.

    About RELX Group
RELX Group is a global provider of information and analytics for professional 
and business customers across industries. The Group serves customers in more 
than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs 
approximately 30,000 people of whom almost half are in North America. RELX PLC 
is a London listed holding company, which owns 52.9% of RELX Group. RELX NV is 
an Amsterdam listed holding company, which owns 47.1% of RELX Group. The shares 
are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the 
following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX and RENX. 
The total market capitalisation is approximately GBP30.8bn/EUR36.7bn/$39.5bn.

    About Elsevier
Elsevier [ ] is a global information analytics company 
that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare 
and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital 
solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D 
performance, clinical decision support and professional education, including 
ScienceDirect [ ], Scopus [ ], 
ClinicalKey [ ] and Sherpath 
[ ]. Elsevier publishes over 
2,500 digitised journals, including The Lancet [ ] and 
Cell [ ], more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic 
reference works, including Gray's Anatomy 
[ ]. 
Elsevier is part of RELX Group [ ], a world-leading 
provider of information and analytics to professionals and business customers 
in a wide range of industries.

    About U.S. Chemicals LLC

    Serving the needs of the chemical industry for over 56 years, U.S. 
Chemicals, a Maroon Group company, combines quality, innovation and service 
like no other. U.S. Chemicals has built a team that thoroughly understands the 
complexities of the chemical industry and includes experts at material sourcing 
and acquisition.

    U.S. Chemicals serves as a diversified source for the chemical requirements 
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.

    U.S. Chemicals' world-wide network of resources assures customers of highly 
competitive pricing, optimum quality and consistency, epic customer care, and 
rapid worry-free sourcing and delivery.

    About ExxonMobil Chemical

    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 24 million 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.    
    For further ICIS information contact: 
    John Baker 
    Global editor, ICIS 
    Tel: +44-20-8652-3153 
    Web site:
    For further Elsevier information contact: 
    Christina Valimaki 
    Senior director, chemicals segment marketing, Elsevier's R&D Solutions 
    Tel: +1-215-239-3709 
    Web site:
    For further U.S. Chemicals LLC information, contact: 
    Carol Piccaro 
    President and CEO 
    U.S. Chemicals LLC 
    Tel: +1-203-655-8878 
    Web site:
    For further ExxonMobil Chemical information, contact: 
    Michael Lacey 
    ExxonMobil Chemical Company 
    Tel: +1-832-625-4773 
    Web site: