MONHEIM, Germany - At the end of January, global specialty chemicals supplier Cognis announced recipients of its internal Innovation Award. The Innovation Award recognizes the creative thinking and outstanding achievements of teams responsible for exceptionally innovative and successful projects that improved the sustainability and performance of Cognis’ products and solutions.
The Gold Award went to a team from the Functional Products strategic business unit (SBU) for Emgard FE, a fuel-efficient axle lubricant for heavy-duty trucks. The Silver and Bronze Awards went to two teams from the Care Chemicals SBU. Silver was given to the employees behind Plantapon LGC Sorb, a new environmentally sound anionic surfactant based on alkyl polyglycosides (APG) technology. Bronze went to the developers of a customized Euperlan pearlizer concentrate. Finally, the Special Category Award, which was presented for the first time this year, was won by a team that implemented a package of measures to improve the ether sulfate production process.
The Cognis Innovation Award was first presented in 2001. Since then, a total of 203 innovative projects have been entered for the competition, and 27 teams have been honored.