LONDON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- ICIS (, the world's leading information provider for the global chemical and oil industry, announces two new entry categories for the ICIS Innovation Awards 2008 (, sponsored by Dow Corning ( The awards are designed to recognise those companies that have made significant steps forward through R&D and innovation.

The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise outstanding innovation in the chemical industry and allow companies to celebrate their success in this vital arena. This year, ICIS and Dow Corning have introduced two new categories, reflecting the wider corporate role of innovation in the industry.

The new categories are: 'Best Business Innovation', giving entrants a chance to show how innovative they can be in the way they do business, and 'Best Innovation in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)', which encompasses a whole range of social and environmental initiatives that companies are now making.

The two other categories remain the same: 'Best Product Innovation' and 'Best Innovation by an SME'.

"I believe it's important to recognise innovation born both in the lab and outside the lab - shining the spotlight on those talented individuals who are not afraid to take a chance. That's why this year I'm excited that the 2008 ICIS Innovation Awards will celebrate business innovation as well as innovation in corporate social responsibility (CSR)" said Stephanie Burns, chairman, president and CEO, Dow Corning Corporation.

"The Innovation Awards generate great interest in the industry - it's always very rewarding to see how enthusiastically the winners receive the news of their awards", said John Baker, global editor, ICIS. "It's very important for them within their companies, as well as for the publicity they generate externally from winning these awards" he added.

The Awards are open to entry from today, with a deadline for entries of 4 July 2008.

For more information or to enter the awards, visit or call John Baker on +44-20-8652-3153.

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For further information please contact: John Baker ICIS Tel: +44-20-8652-3153 Email: Leslie Orozco Dow Corning Tel: +1-989-496-8689 Email:

For further information please contact: John Baker, ICIS, Tel: +44-20-8652-3153, Email: Leslie Orozco, Dow Corning, Tel: +1-989-496-8689, Email: