Clariant receives Henkel & ICIS awards for sustainability & innovation

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Clariant’s commitment to innovation and sustainability recognized with Henkel and ICIS awards. Photo - Henkel

Clariant announced that the company was recently honored with various high-level awards in sustainability and innovation. Henkel Adhesive Technologies presented Clariant its Sustainability Award 2020. In addition, Clariant won in two categories of this year’s ICIS Innovation Awards — Clariant’s multi-purpose additive Licocare RBW Vita, derived from crude rice bran wax, won ‘Best Product’, and the ammonia synthesis catalyst AmoMax-Casale, jointly developed with Casale SA, won ‘Best Sustainable Process’.

“Since both innovation and sustainability are among Clariant’s strategic pillars, it makes me very proud to see that the efforts of our teams are being recognized by our business partner Henkel as well as a leading industry publication in ICIS. It shows that we are on the right track with our transformation into a leading specialty chemicals company,” said Clariant’s chief operating officer Hans Bohnen.

Clariant was honored with the Henkel Sustainability Award 2020 to be the best external partner for Henkel Adhesive Technologies and support it in providing higher value, better performance, and a lower environmental footprint to its customers. One highlight of the business partnership was a customized Clariant Sustainability webinar for Henkel’s R&D, procurement, regulatory and sustainability teams. Attended by over 100 Henkel employees across three regions marked an innovative approach of collaboration between both companies and was rated very valuable by all participants, said Clariant. Furthermore, Clariant’s outstanding Ecovadis score and transparency on its materials’ carbon footprint, especially its Licocene Terra and Exolit Terra, which use renewable feedstock, were said to be a clear differentiator.

“Sustainability has become a megatrend across the different markets we serve and we see a major increase of customer demands for solutions with regards to CO2-reduction, circular economy and health and safety,” explained Christian Kirsten, corporate senior vice president and global head of the Automotive and Metals business at Henkel. “Clariant has demonstrated a strong commitment to support our targets and to further grow with sustainable solutions.”

The ICIS Innovation Awards recognize and reward companies paving the way in the product, process, and sustainability innovations in the chemical industry. The multi-purpose additive range of waxes Licocare RBW Vita, derived from crude rice bran wax, won ‘Best Product’. Made from the waste stream from rice bran oil production, it presents a sustainable alternative to fossil-based waxes and offers added value in technical applications. In addition, the ammonia synthesis catalyst AmoMax-Casale was awarded ‘Best Sustainable Process’. Developed in a joint, multidisciplinary effort by Clariant and Casale, AmoMax-Casale is the customized evolution of Clariant’s industry-proven AmoMax 10 series. Its improved performance means that plant operators can significantly reduce their energy consumption.

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