Chemical Industry Awards 2015 – Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 Chemical Industry Awards have been announced at a celebration dinner held at The Newcastle Gateshead Hilton on Thursday 18 June.

Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association Steve Elliott said; “The 2015 Chemical Industry Awards celebrated the very best of our industry and I believe the very best of business and workforce achievement throughout the UK. All who entered have great stories to tell. Our winners should be very proud of their outstanding achievements”.

2015 Winners

The 2015 winners were:

ABB Manufacturing & Resource Efficiency Award – Winner: LyondellBasell Carrington

LyondellBasell are dedicated to a strategy called Everyday Excellence. Each person has an unwavering commitment to safety perfection, reliability and environmental stewardship. They have chosen continuous improvement over the status quo. It is more than just a corporate strategy; it is a statement of dedication to superior performance.

BASF Young Ambassador Award – Winner: Lee Griffith, BASF, Bradford

Site Instrument Engineer Lee started his career at BASF as an apprentice. He has represented the UK in the BASF Young People’s Forum, giving him a great perspective of the industry. Lee is a keen STEM ambassador and an active supporter of the site’s Kids Lab. Lee is recognised for his drive, ambition and communication skills as well as being a fantastic support to colleagues.

Bilfinger Industrial Services Engineering Excellence Award – Winner: GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose

Through the implementation of seventeen small-scale projects, GSK Montrose has increased the capacity of its HIV/AIDS medicine plant by a factor of 6. Simultaneously, the per tonne energy usage has reduced by 35%, process losses are down by 26%, and cycle time has been reduced by 29%. Great cross-discipline team work, small-scale targeted de-bottleneck projects and innovative use of automation have exceeded all project goals.

Reputation Award Sponsored by Chemicals North West – Winner: Veolia, Ellesmere Port

In 2013 over 1000 Syrian civilians were killed by the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. With international shock and condemnation rife at this horrific use of chemistry, news broke that the chemicals were bound for Britain… for destruction within two-miles of a school and homes. Veolia launched an outreach programme like no other and embarked on the biggest reputation management story affecting the chemical industry in 2014.

Environmental Leadership Award Sponsored by Veolia – Winner, BASF, Cheadle Hulme

A unique partnership between an environmental NGO (Allerton Recycling), an Industry Stakeholder Group (The Pesticides Forum) and a global company (BASF) has significantly reduced the raw materials used in packaging manufacture. The newly-designed ECO-Pack is quicker and easier to use, all parts of the pack and label can be cleaned and recycled in the same category of waste, solving a major recycling problem for European agriculture.

Gold Standard Skills Award Sponsored by Cogent Skills – Winner: Lucite International, Billingham

Lucite International is a global leader in the manufacture of acrylic-based products. The Cassel site is exceptionally proud of its approach to job competence, career development and culture. This starts with a focus on competencies and behaviours which underpin a safe and high performing business leading to the acquisition of skills, knowledge and experience. This combination relates to job competence from a technical, compliance, functional and personal effectiveness perspective and creates a high performing culture in all business areas.

Special Responsible Care Award for Process Safety Leadership Sponsored by Shell UK – Winner LyondellBasell, Carrington

LyondellBasell Carrington is an organisation where excellence from their assets, work process and people align in an effort to achieve its ideal state of performance: “goal zero”. And they make sure it applies to process safety as much as to occupational safety. They don’t want any loss of containment that could lead to a fire, explosion, exposure, or business interruption, as well as any injury.

GlaxoSmithKline Innovation Award – Winner: Dow Chemical Company, Staines

Dow’s launch of XENERGY ™ insulation is an exemplar of its dedication to research and development and its mission to remain at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions. XENERGT™ is a sustainable, market driven scientific and technical innovation which as well as keeping homes warmer, will ultimately benefit society by reducing climate change.

Health Leadership Award Sponsored by Johnson Matthey - Winner: Huntsman Pigments and Additives, Greatham

At Greatham, Huntsman take an holistic approach to health management and a focus on continuous improvement through engaging their people. This, together with full support from the highest level of leadership, has, over time, delivered a culture which places the highest value on the health and wellbeing of their people and their families. They believe this demonstrates strong health leadership.

INEOS Responsible Care Award – Winner: SI Group, Four Ashes

SI Group at Four Ashes has focused on improving management of both process safety and behavioural safety to drive the site towards EHS Excellence. Leadership, communication and worker involvement have been our key focus areas and the whole site, employees, contractors and visitors have played a part in our success by not only taking responsibility for their own safety but by encouraging safe behaviours in others.

CIA Company of the Year Sponsored by Bond Dickinson LLP – Winner: LyondellBasell, Carrington

The evolution of the Polypropylene business over the past years has been challenging. During this period at their Carrington site they have applied a tireless individual and collective pursuit of everyday excellence in HSE and manufacturing efficiency. Their latest and greatest achievement came in April this year with a milestone of 2,000,000 work hours without any recordable injury (more than five years).

Lifetime Achievement Award – Winner: Bryan Davies

Having witnessed the arrival of the telephone and seen active service in the Boer War, this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award decided to study chemistry at UMIST.
He then took a technical sales role with Shell-Mex and BP Ltd, before moving on to Sterling Organics as Sales and Marketing Director from 1971 to 1983 AD. There then followed spells with both Graesser Laboratories and RTZ Chemicals before spending 18 years as Commercial Director with Thomas Swan in the North East.

More recently he joined the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes as a Trustee before becoming Chairman - a position he still holds.

Photographs of the evening are available to download free of charge. Please click on the following website:

Go down to the Client Access section and type in CIAAwards2015 in the Gallery ID, you will then be asked for a password which is Mint Events.

This will take you to the gallery. If you double click on the photo you want, you are able to download it free of charge (there are also options to purchase copies)