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Clariant Wins Top ICIS Innovation Award for 2012

October 22, 2012

LONDON, October 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

ICIS, a leading global provider of news and information for the chemical and energy
sectors, today announces the winners in the ICIS Innovation Awards 2012.

These annual awards are supported by Dow Corning as lead sponsor, with category
sponsorship by management consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Best Product
Innovation), chemical distributor U.S. Chemicals (Innovation with Best Environmental
Benefit), polymer major Bayer MaterialScience (Best Innovation for Sustainability) and
Shell Chemicals (Best Business Innovation).

Overall winner for 2012

The panel of six leading industry experts (see below) awarded Clariant of Switzerland
the prize for Best Overall Innovation for its development of novel dyes and processes that
reduce substantially the amount of water used in producing denim. Clariant’s Advanced
Denim innovation also won the category for Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit.

The winners of the category awards are:

        Best Product Innovation
        Dow Chemical (US)
        INFUSE olefin block copolymers

        Best Innovation by an SME
        Novomer (US)
        Innovative catalyst platform for producing acrylic acid, BDO and polypropiolactone

        Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit
        Clariant (Switzerland)
        Advanced Denim

        Best Innovation for Sustainability
        Rhodia, part of the Solvay Group

        The new rare earths "urban mine"

        Best Business Innovation
        Not awarded this year

NOTE: In the Best Business Innovation category, the judges agreed after careful
consideration that none of the limited number of entries met the criteria of this category
as set out by ICIS. Even though the product and process innovations involved were of high
quality, they did not represent examples of true business innovation.

Awards confirm growing move to bio-based technologies

John Baker, global editor at ICIS, who manages the ICIS Innovation Awards, commented:
“The Awards continue to highlight the best the chemical industry has to offer in the way
of innovation and providing solutions to society’s needs.

“This year continued to see the significant emphasis on bio-based technologies that
has been growing over the past 3-5 years as companies seek to replace oil and gas
feedstocks in the chemical industry, cut carbon emissions and reduce their and their
customers’ environmental footprints.

“Indeed, most entries focused around helping the environment and maintaining the
sustainability of the industry, while at the same time helping customers and driving
bottom line growth for companies.”

ICIS congratulates all the winners and indeed all those companies that reached the
shortlist. The Awards will be presented at a lunch in London on 7 December.

The judges this year were:

        - Dr Gregg Zank, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Dow
        - Dr Neil Checker, partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
        - Hans-Wilhelm Engels, senior vice president, Innovation & Specialties or
          Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties, Bayer MaterialScience
        - Alexander Farina, general manager for chemicals strategy, Shell Chemicals
        - Dr Steven Fletcher, director of delivery programmes, Chemistry Innovation
        - Professor James Clark, director, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence,
          University of York


Overall winner/ Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit

Manel Domingo, Manel Jimenez and Nuria Estape
Advanced Denim
Production of denim, which accounts for 14% of global cotton usage, usually requires large
quantities of water – an increasingly scarce commodity. Swiss specialty chemical producer
Clariant has developed technology that simplifies the finishing and dyeing of the fabric,
reducing water consumption by as much as 92%. In addition, cotton waste is reduced by
two-thirds and energy savings by 30%. The two processes, called Denim-Ox and Pad/Sizing
Ox, use innovative Diresul RDT sulphur dyes that reduce the number of vat stages needed.
Clariant has calculated that if the technology were used for just a quarter of world denim
production, water saving would amount to 62m m3/year.

Best Product Innovation

Dow Chemical

Dr Ted Carnahan, Dr Phil Hustad, Karen Fennessy-Ketola, Dr Angela Taha, Dr Colin LiPi
Shan, Dr Pradeep Jain, Lisa Madenjian, Susan Gill and Jennifer Carnahan INFUSE olefin
block copolymers – establishing new boundaries of polymer science Dow Chemical’s INFUSE
olefin block copolymers (OBCs) have enabled new combinations of property performance in
olefinic elastomers thanks to their innovative block architecture. Dow has developed these
breakthrough materials using a proprietary catalytic system that allows for more precise
control of the polymer microstructure. A chain-shuttling agent transfers growing polymer
chains between two distinct catalysts with different monomer selectivities in a single
polymerization reactor. Soft blocks of flexible polymer are blended with hard blocks of
high melting-point polymer in a continuous process. The result is material with improved
high-temperature performance, faster setup in processing and better abrasion resistance.

Best Innovation by an SME


Jim Mahoney
Innovative catalyst platform for producing acrylic acid, BDO and polypropiolactone
US-based Novomer is commercializing a homogeneous catalyst system capable of combining
carbon monoxide with ethylene oxide (EO) to produce the versatile intermediate
propiolactone. This can be used to produce chemicals such as acrylic acid (AA), acrylate
esters, butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran, succinic acid and polypropiolactone (PPL) – a
new polymer type with good material properties and biodegradability. The innovative
technology promises reduced cost and lower carbon and energy footprints. Novomer says its
vision is for low molecular weight (MW) PPL to be shipped globally and converted to AA or
acrylate esters, and for high MW PPL to be used as a packaging thermoplastic and for
upgrading into glacial AA on recycling.

Best Innovation for Sustainability

Rhodia, part of the Solvay Group

Nicolas Barthel, Jean-Jacques Braconnier, Alain Rollat and Frederic Carencotte
The new rare earths urban mine

With growing usage in hi-tech products and tight supply, a sustainable supply of rare
earth elements is a growing concern. Solvay has been looking at innovative ways of
recycling rare earth metals from various sources. Its Coleop’Terre project focuses on the
recovery of phosphor powders from energy-saving light bulbs. The powder, containing 10-20%
rare earths, is processed to recover a range of compounds using liquid-liquid separation
technologies. These can then be re-used to prepare new phosphor precursors, thus closing
the loop. Solvay expects to treat several thousand tonnes/year initially at its Rhodia
plants in Saint Fons (concentration) and La Rochelle (separation and precursor


        1) The awards are organised by ICIS, the chemical publishing arm of Reed
          Business Information, part of global publishing group Reed Elsevier.
        2) ICIS is based in the UK, with offices in Sutton, Surrey. It also has offices
          in Singapore, Shanghai, China, and New York and Houston in the US.
        3) This is the ninth year of the awards. The originator and organiser of the
          awards is John Baker, the head of custom publishing at ICIS and a former editor of
          ICIS Chemical Business (formerly known as European Chemical News).

Contact: john.baker@icis.com; Tel: +44-20-8652-3153.

        1) The awards have been sponsored for all nine years by Dow Corning, which
          has a strong focus on innovation and R&D as part of its growth strategy.

About ICIS

ICIS, the trusted information provider for the chemical and energy industries, is part
of Reed Business Information (RBI), a division of Reed Business and a member of Reed
Elsevier plc, the world’s leading publisher and information provider.

For more information on ICIS visit http://www.icis.com

RBI publishes over 100 market leading publications, directories and online services,
and organises many industry conferences and awards.

For a full listing visit http://www.reedbusiness.co.uk.

        For further information please contact:
        John Baker
        Tel: +44-20-8652-3153
        e-mail: john.baker@icis.com
        Web site: http://www.icis.com

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of
more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based
technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via
the company’s Dow Corning(R) and XIAMETER(R) (http://www.xiameter.com) brands. More
than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the US. Dow Corning is also the
majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (http://www.hscpoly.com) joint
venture, a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products
used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules.

        For further information please contact
        Jarrod Erpelding
        Dow Corning
        Tel: +1-989-496-1582
        e-mail: jarrod.erpelding@dowcorning.com
        Web site: http://www.dowcorning.com

About U.S. Chemicals

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 actively supports environmentally responsible manufacturers and distributors of
chemical products and services.

        For further information, please contact
        Carol Piccaro
        U.S. Chemicals LLC
        Tel: +1-203-655-8878
        e-mail: cpiccaro@uschemicals.com
        Web site:  http://www.uschemicals.com

About Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, founded in Munich in 1967 is one of the world’s
leading strategy consultancies. It is our European background that makes the difference.
We have a deep understanding of diverse cultures and markets. We combine European roots
with pragmatism and entrepreneurial spirit. Our results turn visions into reality. This is
how we create real value for our clients.

The chemicals team at Roland Berger provides a comprehensive range of consulting
services covering topics from strategy (eg value chain positioning, M&A) to operational
excellence (eg pricing, supply chain management, organisation). Roland Berger’s
exceptional experience with sectors that are clients or suppliers to the chemical industry
helps us deliver tangible and sustainable results for chemical companies. This expertise
is rounded off by extensive experience in non-core but equally important topics such as
corporate social responsibility (CSR).

        For further information please contact:
        Dr Neil Checker
        Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
        Tel: +49-211-4389-2237
        e-mail: neil.checker@rolandberger.com
        Web site: http://www.rolandberger.com

About Bayer MaterialScience

With 2011 sales of EUR10.8bn, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world’s largest
polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer
materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of
daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics,
construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2011, Bayer
MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,800 people around
the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

        For further information, please contact
        Rachel Owen
        Strategic Communications
        Bayer MaterialScience EMEA
        Tel: +44-1635-563410
        e-mail: rachel.owen@bayer.com

Web site: http://www.bayermaterialscience.com

About Shell Chemicals

Shell Chemicals has been a leading player in the manufacture and sale of bulk
petrochemicals to large industrial customers for more than 80 years. In 2011, it sold more
than 18m tonnes of product and achieved record earnings of over $2bn. As one of the top
global petrochemicals producers, Shell Chemicals has world-class manufacturing plants in
major markets around the world and a strong product portfolio – they are underpinned by
its strong technical heritage and market-leading proprietary technologies, innovation and
excellent customer relationships. The company draws particular strength from being part of
an integrated energy company, through which it leverages infrastructure efficiencies,
upstream feedstock flexibility, and manufacturing and processing expertise.

        For further information, please contact
        Yam-Chew Oh
        Global External Communications Adviser - Chemicals
        Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
        Tel: +44-20-7934-2253
        e-mail: yam-chew.oh@shell.com
        Web site: http://www.shell.com/chemicals


The winning companies can be contacted as follows:

        Muriel Werle
        Communications Business Partner, Textile Chemicals
        Tel: +65-6643-1741
        e-mail: Muriel.werle@clariant.com

        Dow Chemical
        Kelley Cone
        Dow Chemical
        Tel: +1-989-638-2663
        e-mail: kscone@dow.com

        Mike Slowik
        Tel: +1-781-419-9860
        e-mail: mas@novomer.com

        Nicolas Barthel
        Tel: +33-546-68-33-22
        e-mail: Nicolas.barthel@eu.rhodia.com


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