07/02/2012 | Editor: Dominik Stephan
Stable visitor numbers and a slightly increased exhibition area at ACHEMA 2012 left satisfied visitors, exhibitors and organisers. For five days, 167,000 participants found out about the ranges of the 3,773 exhibitors, which they presented on 136,400 m² of exhibition area. From laboratory equipment to components, and plant-building to packaging lines, one could see products for chemistry, process technology and bio-technology requirements. In all fields, particular attention was devoted to the major themes of energy and bio-economics.
The ACHEMA 2012 closed its doors on Friday, with numbers of exhibitors and visitors having remained stable. For five days, 167,000 participants found out about the ranges of the 3,773 exhibitors, which they presented on 136,400 m² of exhibition area. From laboratory equipment to components, and plant-building to packaging lines, one could see products for chemistry, process technology and bio-technology requirements. For the first time, the exhibition group "Pumps, Compressors, Valves and Fittings" on its own comprised more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Frankfurt/Germany – "We are especially happy that the new layout of the halls was so well-received," said Dr. Thomas Scheuring, CEO of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, at the end of the event. Hall 11, which was available for the first time, was very popular with exhibitors and visitors of the group "Instrumentation, Control and Automation Techniques". But "Laboratory and Analytical Techniques" and "Thermal" and "Mechanical Processes" also drew a strong flow of visitors. The group "Pharmaceutical, Packaging and Storage Techniques", which now occupied the whole of Hall 3, also benefited from the new layout.
With a proportion of foreign exhibitors of almost 50%, coming from a total of 56 countries, the ACHEMA was also more international than ever before. "This shows that precisely in our strongly globalised industries ACHEMA is and will continue to be the leading event. Globalisation does not just mean Europeans and Americans going to Asia - increasingly, Asian exhibitors and visitors are coming to Europe," explained Scheuring.
This was also evident in the exhibitor statistics: more than 200 Chinese and more than 150 Indian companies presented their ranges. But numerous European and US companies once again also used the opportunity to present their innovations at the exhibition, which takes place every three years.
The exhibitors showed that they were just as satisfied with the response. "The ACHEMA's influence is undiminished," said Dr. Michael Thiemann, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH and President of the ACHEMA Committee, at the interim press conference on Wednesday. Other exhibitors also made positive statements about the quantity and quality of the visitors. "It was a very successful show for us; considerably better than in 2009, even better than 2006 before the crisis happened. Our three booths attracted a high number of international and professional visitors, with an increasing number of customers from Asia," said Friedbert Klefenz, Bosch Packaging Technology, in summary.
Karsten Just of Bartec Holding took a similar view: "More noticeable than the numbers is the fact that the quality of the visitors was very high." According to the results of the visitor survey, more than 83% of the visitors in turn judged the quality of the ACHEMA as "good" or "very good".
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