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ACHEMA 2012

Chemical Engineering World Exhibition with Optimistic Outlook for 2012

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The exhibitors in the traditionally strongest group, “Pumps, Compressors, Valves and Fittings”, have also rewarded the new hall concept with greater demand for area and exhibition stands, thus maintaining their unrivalled leading position this year again. “With 996 exhibitors, this group is at the same time the world’s largest pump exhibition,” Scheuring points out. Second and third places are taken by “Laboratory and Analytical Techniques” and “Pharmaceutical, Packaging and Storage Techniques” — the latter group in particular has likewise profited from the new hall concept and has yet again expanded its area and number of exhibitors substantially compared to the previous event (see the bar diagram on the left).

Exhibition Trend Topic Energy Efficiency

One of Achema’s strength is without doubt the multitude of cross-sector topics, including views on the congress programme and the panel discussions. Since the energy turnaround, the constant, all-dominating topic has been energy, with its facets of production, storage, and efficient use; a raw material turnaround, for which Dechema CEO Professor Kurt Wagemann argues in various working groups, is an intrinsic part of this. At Achema, exhibitors who are concerned with concepts for the use of regrowable raw materials are grouped together under the focal point Biobased World. “Around 700 exhibitors are linked directly to this complex of topics,” Wagemann states. For the process industry, in his opinion, a wide field is opening up here, for this is exactly where the protagonists can exploit to the maximum what VCI CEO Tillmann identifies as the power source behind German industry. “The networking between our industrial sectors has made us competitive internationally, and we must work on precisely these strengths,” he emphasises.

The energy turnaround is stirring up the chemicals industry in particular, for it sees, besides the risks, great opportunities as well and wishes to get into position as a driving force for innovation: it is therefore demanding the right framework conditions — in research support, for example. Tillmann’s conclusion on the subject of extending networks and power station construction: “We need a navigation system enabling us to reach our goal securely.”

* The author is an editor at PROCESS.

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