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UK's top manufacturing exporter announces short-list for 2015 awards

The shortlist for the 2015 Chemical Industry Awards has been published ahead of the announcements of the winners. The shortlist comprises some of the leading businesses in the UK and covers disciplines such as Resource Efficiency, Health Leadership, Innovation and Engineering Excellence. 

The winners will be announced at an awards evening to be held on Thursday 18 June at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton hosted by Steve Elliott Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association and business journalist and broadcaster Steph McGovern.

Steve Elliott said “This year our companies and their workforces have shown that the UK can compete on the world stage and I am looking forward to a celebration of how companies from our sector – the country’s number one manufacturing exporter – are turning excellence into reality.”

The shortlists for each award are listed below:

ABB Manufacturing and Resource Efficiency Award
This Award, sponsored by our Headline Sponsor ABB Consulting, is to recognise the company or individual operating unit that can demonstrate world-class manufacturing performance, or the most successful improvement to its manufacturing performance, involving demonstrable excellence and/or significant improvements to resource efficiency (raw materials, energy, water, utilities etc) within the manufacturing process.

·         BASF plc, Deeside
·         Dow Chemical Company Ltd., Dewsbury
·         LyondellBasell, Carrington
·         Stepan UK, Staybridge

Health Leadership Award, sponsored by Johnson Matthey
This Award is for the recognition of the company or site that has achieved excellence in health leadership demonstrated by improved or optimum sustained health programme performance and a healthy workforce and workplace.

·         Huntsman Pigments and Additives, Greatham
·         James M Brown Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent
·         Synthomer (UK Ltd), Harlow

GSK Innovation Award
This Award is for the company or operating unit which can provide the most successful examples of innovation – turning ideas into money – in an area of its business that helps solve today’s societal challenges.  Examples of challenges that judges would expect to be addressed by applicants include climate change, water conservation, environmental improvement and an ageing population. 

·         Contract Chemicals Ltd, Prescot with Bayer Technology Services and Bayer CropScience
·         Dow Chemical Company Ltd., Staines
·         Quat-Chem Ltd., Rochdale
·         Thomas Swan & Co Ltd, Consett

Environmental Leadership Award, sponsored by Veolia
This Award is for the company or operating unit that can demonstrate excellence in environmental leadership through the development or use of innovative clean technology or products that help reduce the environmental footprint of chemical manufacturing.  The Award is open to both manufacturing companies and equipment/technology/product suppliers.

·         BASF plc., Cheadle Hulme
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Irvine
·         Shasun Pharma Solutions Ltd., Cramlington

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

·         BASF plc., Bradford
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Brentford
·         LyondellBasell, Carrington
·         SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Wilton
·         Solvay Interox Limited, Warrington

BASF Young Ambassador Award
This Award is to recognise an outstanding young person demonstrating communication skills and leadership associated with the chemical industry and contributing to its success.

·         Cameron Arthur, GlaxoSmithKline, Irvine
·         Christie O’Doherty, GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston
·         David Molyneux, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Cramlington
·         Lee Griffith, BASF, Bradford
·         Matthew Lloyd, Novartis Grimsby Ltd., Grimsby
·         Omar Juanico, GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston
·         Tess Cakebread-Brown, Johnson Matthey, Billingham

Gold Standard Skills Award, sponsored by Cogent Skills
The purpose of this Award is to recognise the employer who has done the most to contribute to the acquisition of skills by the company’s workforce through working towards the Cogent Gold Standard.

·         BASF plc., Bradford
·         Chemoxy International Ltd., Middlesbrough
·         Lotte Chemical UK, Wilton
·         Lucite International, Billingham

Reputation Award – Sponsored by Chemicals Northwest
This Award is in recognition of the organisation, company, business unit or manufacturing site which can demonstrate excellence in managing or enhancing its external reputation with key stakeholders in response to a specific, identified opportunity, requirement or issue.

·         Airedale Chemical, Keighley
·         BASF plc., Bradford
·         Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Ulverston
·         North East of England Process Industry Cluster Limited, Wilton
·         Veolia, Ellesmere Port

Bilfinger Excellence in Engineering Award
The purpose of this Award is to recognise the contribution of engineering excellence in the chemical industry towards improved business performance.  The Award will recognise innovation and outstanding delivery of engineering within chemical operator organisations or from suppliers who provide outsourced engineering services to the industry.

·         BASF plc., Deeside
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Irvine
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Irvine
·         GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose
·         Novartis Grimsby Ltd., Grimsby
·         PROjEN, Ltd., Runcorn

INEOS Responsible Care Award
This Award is for the company or site which has excelled at Responsible Care by demonstrating leadership and a creative approach.

·         Croda, Rawcliffe Bridge
·         Halterman Carless, Harwich
·         Hexion, Barry
·         LyondellBasell, Carrington
·         SI Group, Four Ashes

CIA Company of the Year, sponsored by Bond Dickinson
This Award is for the most outstanding CIA member company that has demonstrated growth of its business and a sustained contribution to the UK economy. This is the pinnacle Award of the year and entering companies will also need to have demonstrated excellence in at least two areas as exemplified by the other Awards.

·         BASF plc., Cheadle Hulme
·         DOW Chemical Company Ltd., Staines
·         LyondellBasell, Carrington


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Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is the organisation that represents chemical and pharmaceutical businesses throughout the UK www.cia.org.uk

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