PraxisUnico and Croda work together to Facilitate Accelerate Innovation in the UK Chemical Industry

As part of PraxisUnico's commitment to university-business collaboration, we worked with Croda International Plc to knowledge exchange day for the chemistry industry. We spoke on the importance of business and university partnerships in accelerating innovation across the chemical industry. This follows on from previous events PraxisUnico have run e.g. with telecoms and defence sector events.

Croda, create, make and sell innovative, sustainable, high performance speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. Over 35 universities from across the UK attended the knowledge exchange event.

The event focused on growing collaboration between many of the UK’s leading universities and Croda, for the development and commercialisation of new technologies.

Steve Foots, Croda’s Chief Executive and Chair of the Chemistry Growth Partnership, said: ‘Bringing new product innovation to life is embedded in everything we do at Croda. We recognise that innovation will underpin our future growth, and it is also critical for the continuing development of the chemical industry. Seeking out and nurturing innovative technologies will help us to meet and exceed our customers’ needs.’

Maxine Ficarra, Executive Director, PraxisUnico said: ‘Collaboration like this is hugely important for the advancement and development of industries across the UK. Technology transfer days between businesses like Croda and universities helps deliver the translation of research outcomes into social and economic impact.’

Damian Kelly, Head of Global Research and Development, Croda added: ‘We recognise the importance of having strong collaborative relationships with the best universities in the UK. This technology transfer day is about showing these universities how we can work with them and the different ways in which we can support them with the development and commercialisation of their technologies.'

About Croda

Established in 1925, Croda is the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies in some of the world’s biggest and most successful brands: creating, making and selling speciality chemicals that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere. They have a network of over 4,200 passionate and committed employees, working together as one global team across manufacturing sites and offices in 36 countries. Croda is a FTSE100 company with a flexible structure that allows them to focus on developing and delivering innovative, sustainable ingredients that their customers can build on in: Personal Care, Health Care, Crop Care, Polymer Additives, Lubricants, Coatings & Polymers, Geo Tech, Home Care and Industrial Specialities.

More information about the event and Croda can be found at