The winners of the 2015 Chemical Industry Awards were announced at a dinner held at The Newcastle Gateshead Hilton.

The winners were:

ABB Manufacturing & Resource Efficiency Award – Winner: LyondellBasell Carrington – LyondellBasell are dedicated to a strategy called Everyday Excellence. Each person has a commitment to safety perfection, reliability and environmental stewardship

BASF Young Ambassador Award – Winner: Lee Griffith, BASF, Bradford – Site Instrument Engineer Lee started his career at BASF as an apprentice and has represented the UK in the BASF Young People’s Forum. Lee is a keen STEM ambassador

Bilfinger Industrial Services Engineering Excellence Award – Winner: GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose. Through the implementation of seventeen small-scale projects, GSK Montrose has increased the capacity of its HIV/AIDS medicine plant by a factor of six.  Simultaneously, the per tonne energy usage has reduced by 35%, process losses are down by 26% and cycle time has been reduced by 29%

Reputation Award Sponsored by Chemicals North West – Winner: Veolia, Ellesmere Port – in 2013, more than 1,000 Syrian civilians were killed by the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. With international shock and condemnation rife, news broke that the chemicals were bound for Britain for destruction within two-miles of a school and homes. Veolia embarked on the biggest reputation management story affecting the chemical industry in 2014

Environmental Leadership Award Sponsored by Veolia – Winner: BASF, Cheadle Hulme – a partnership between an environmental NGO (Allerton Recycling), an Industry Stakeholder Group (The Pesticides Forum) and a global company (BASF) has significantly reduced the raw materials used in packaging manufacture. The newly-designed ECO-Pack is quicker and easier to use and all parts of the pack and label can be cleaned and recycled

Gold Standard Skills Award Sponsored by Cogent Skills – Winner: Lucite International, Billingham – Lucite International’s Cassel site has a strong focus on behaviours which underpin a safe and high performing business

Special Responsible Care Award for Process Safety Leadership Sponsored by Shell UK – Winner: LyondellBasell, Carrington – LyondellBasell Carrington is an organisation where work processes and people align in an effort to achieve performance “goal zero”

GlaxoSmithKline Innovation Award – Winner: Dow Chemical Company, Staines – Dow launched XENERGY ™ insulation, which, as well as keeping homes warmer will ultimately benefit society by reducing climate change

Health Leadership Award Sponsored by Johnson Matthey – Winner:  Huntsman Pigments and Additives, Greatham – At Greatham, Huntsman focus take a holistic approach to health management with a focus on continuous improvement

INEOS Responsible Care Award  – Winner: SI Group, Four Ashes – SI Group at Four Ashes has focused on improving management of  process safety and behavioural safety to drive the site towards EHS Excellence

CIA Company of the Year Sponsored by Bond Dickinson LLP – Winner: LyondellBasell, Carrington – the site has applied a tireless pursuit of everyday excellence in HSE and manufacturing efficiency. The latest achievement came in April this year with 2,000,000 work hours without any recordable injury (more than five years)

Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association Steve Elliott said; “All who entered have great stories to tell. Our winners should be very proud of their outstanding achievements.”