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Queens Hotel, Leeds  |  15 June 2017

The winners of the 2016 Chemical Industry Awards were announced at a celebration dinner held at St Georges Hall, Liverpool on Thursday 30 June.

2016 Winners - St Georges Hall, Liverpool, 30 June 2016

The 2016 winners were:

ABB Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency Award

Winner: FMC Chemicals UK Ltd, Bromborough


FMC have adopted an holistic approach to manufacturing excellence, employing the tools and techniques often used by much larger sites, but adapting them to focus on issues that shows real bottom line benefits. Judges were impressed by the improvements in output, the improved use of resources and waste reduction, as well as their approach of getting staff fully engaged. Judges also felt that, for a comparatively small site, FMC had excelled in transferring good continuous improvement practice across the group.

BASF Young Ambassador Award

Winner: Stefano Ceci, Johnson Matthey, Billingham


Chemical engineer Stefano is a keen STEM ambassador and active member of the Teesside IChemE group. Judges were impressed by Stefano’s knowledge of the issues facing the industry, his confident mature style and his ‘out of the box’ thinking.  Stefano has excellent communication, influencing and organizational skills, all put to good use in setting up a multi- company forum for placements students across Teesside, in order to nurture and retain talent within the industry.

Chemical Industry Service Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Mint Events

Winner: Bond Dickinson LLP, Newcastle


In a tough category to judge, the judges felt that Bond Dickinson had gone well beyond the expectations of a service provider and had been involved in several schemes that benefitted the industry has a whole. These include support for the Future Forum bringing together people in the early part of their careers, mentoring for SMEs and production of Industry Insights to raise awareness of regulatory and legal issues. Bond Dickinson also boast an impressive client list and have helped several clients deliver large expansion projects.

CIA Company of the Year

Winner: SABIC UK Petrochemicals Ltd, Redcar


Judges felt that SABIC had supported the wider industry and demonstrated commitment to the UK in several important ways over the last couple of years. These range from sustained investments of well over £100 million, including the Gas Cracking Project that will increase and secure jobs for many years to come, to their contribution to the Chemistry Growth Partnership and the decarbonisation agenda. SABIC have also demonstrated their commitment to the workforce, being judged ‘Top Employer 2016’ and winning the ‘Better Health at Work Award’.

Environmental Leadership Award sponsored by ERM

Winner: FMC Chemicals UK Ltd, Bromborough


Major successes by FMC include a Solvent Recovery Efficiency project that has reduced the amount of hazardous waste leaving site by over 50% and significant improvement to lithium utilisation – the most resource intensive material used on site.  The Judges were particularly impressed by the culture created on site that puts resource efficiency and waste reduction at the heart of all operations, coupled with strong leadership from the management team.

GSK Innovation Award

Winner: Johnson Matthey plc, Royston


Johnson Matthey have identified and commercialized a new catalyst that greatly improves the environmental credentials of vinyl chloride monomer production from acetylene, by eliminating all mercury discharges. Judges were particularly impressed by the skill of scientists in adapting a previous non-commercially viable catalyst to one that provides fantastic commercial and environmental benefits and is made by a much safer, environmentally benign process.

Health Leadership Award sponsored by Eversheds LLP

Winner: Innospec Ltd, Ellesmere Port


Innospec have clearly identified the main issues affecting their workforce and have put systems in place to monitor and mitigate these for physical, mental and chemical health based issues. Judges particularly welcomed the changes made to the site emergency plan, shift working patterns and other health and training resources to encouraging personal development to future-proof their talent pool.  The company also encourages staff to have a healthier lifestyle with incentives such as supporting charity races in work time.

INEOS Responsible Care Award

Winner: Solutia UK Ltd (part of Eastman Chemical Company), Newport


The judges were impressed with the broad base of Responsible Care achievements at Eastman – especially across environment, employee engagement programmes and community interaction – whilst managing the performance of their busy COMAH site with its many complex processes. They have also increased energy generation output from wind turbines to more than 50% of site requirements, and achieved impressive energy consumption reduction per tonne of product.

Low Carbon Award sponsored by ENGIE

Winner: Innovia Films Ltd, Wigton


Innovia’s approach to carbon management and reduction, includes full life-cycle assessment of products, development of environmentally benign products and investment to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing processes. The latter has resulted in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by almost a fifth in the last 2 years. Judges were impressed by the whole business-based approach and the impressive results obtained, not just on site, but along the entire supply chain.

Reputation Award sponsored by HFL Consulting

Winner: Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes


Success for Catalyst has been hard fought, but in recent years visitor numbers have grown significantly, reaching 37,000, the highest since 2002. They have used innovative ways to increase visitor numbers including sleep over nights for younger people and dedicated sessions for organisations such as Rotary Clubs and University of the Third Age.  Judges were impressed by how the Catalyst team have collaborated with industry to bring the Discovery Centre up-to-date, bringing the chemical industry alive and demonstrating its relevance and contribution to today’s society.

Skills Award sponsored by Cogent Skills

Winner: Nufarm UK Ltd, Bradford


Judges were impressed by the clear link Nufarm has made to business benefits and the site’s longer term business plan.  This includes focused plans for skills development to meet operational needs in the short, medium and long term. The site has an active apprenticeship programme as well as a programme to identify high potential talent and encouraging all staff to take ownership of KPI’s within their work area through upskilling to the standard required.

Special Responsible Care Award for Process Safety Leadership sponsored by Shell UK

Winner: SABIC UK Petrochemicals Ltd, Redcar


SABIC’s management team have demonstrated excellent process safety leadership and a commitment to engaging the whole workforce as well as innovative techniques for recording the condition of an ageing plant. Judges were particularly impressed by the variety of techniques used to ensure a good process safety culture remains top of the agenda. These include training based around layers of protection, hazard tables and a visible process safety dashboard.




Photographs of the 2016 Chemical Industry Awards can be downloaded from the Mint Events Zenfolio website:


The Gallery ID is CIAAwards2016 and the password is Liverpool


All the photos are available to download free of charge.



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