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02.04.2019

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ISC3 and Sus Chem Sign MoU to Foster Sustainable Chemistry

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (Sus Chem) have signed a new cooperation agreement to foster their common goal of advancing Sustainable Chemistry at a European and global level.

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02.04.2019

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ISC3 and Sus Chem Sign MoU to Foster Sustainable Chemistry

The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (Sus Chem) have signed a new cooperation agreement to foster their common goal of advancing Sustainable Chemistry at a European and global level.

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16.03.2019

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Digitization in Catalysis Research Explained

The aim of a new initiative of the German Catalysis Society (Gecats) is to unlock the enormous wealth of catalysis research data. In the recently published whitepaper "The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences", experts from academia and industry outline how "digital catal...

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16.03.2019

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Digitization in Catalysis Research Explained

The aim of a new initiative of the German Catalysis Society (Gecats) is to unlock the enormous wealth of catalysis research data. In the recently published whitepaper "The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences", experts from academia and industry outline how "digital catal...

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04.07.2018

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Plastic-Free Europe: Rethinking Plastics Use, Recycling and Product Design

A blizzard of ideas and viewpoints regarding the future of plastic manufacturing, use and recycling were discussed at Achema’s “Plastic-Free Europe?” panel discussion, all involving a network of stakeholders and a broad range of possible actions.

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27.06.2018

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Successful Top Event with Small Drawback

Five intensive days at Achema in Frankfurt are over. Rarely before has the process industry faced similar changes and transformation processes. What visitors saw this year was nothing less than the future that will soon become reality everywhere. Flexible, digital and increasingl...

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11.06.2018

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How China’s Process Industry Sets the Pace for the Sector in E-Commerce

China has caught up with the West in many technological fields, and has in certain areas become a trendsetting nation that defines future standards. Among these are E-Commerce, online services and digital platforms. Not surprisingly, the country is at the forefront of digitizatio...

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09.06.2018

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Modular System Designs Pose a Challenge for Component Suppliers

Industry 4.0 and digital transformation solutions are a priority for many pump, vacuum equipment and compressor manufacturers. The race to develop new business models has just started. 3D printing has a special role to play, and it will revolutionize the spare parts market.

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09.05.2018

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Thermophysical Experts: 11.3 Million Data Sets Are Waiting for You

You are looking for phase equilibrium data, vapor pressures, transport properties or surface tensions?

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27.03.2018

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The Search for the Bio-Based Holy Grail of Chemicals

Academia and industry are searching for a new bio-based chemistry. Although the declining oil price has rendered attempts to replace fossil feedstock with renewables unlike, the search for promising bio-based chemicals goes on. Succinic acid, 1,2-propanediol, para-xylene and glyc...

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16.03.2018

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A showcase for Flexible Production

Much has been said about the trend towards more flexibility in the process industries, driven by market demands and shortening product cycles and implemented thanks to digitization and modularization. But grey is all theory …

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02.03.2018

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Containment in Process Engineering

A paradigm change in solids production is underway in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The trend to increased specialization and higher-potency active ingredients creates the need for hermetically sealed process flows. To an increasing extent, the production process wi...

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08.01.2018

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Developments in Modular Plant Building

A White Paper Modular Plants, written by the temporary ProcessNet working group, gives an overview on current t and product cycles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

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18.11.2016

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A Look at Future Production Concepts in Chemical Industry

Over the last years, chemical and pharmaceutical industry companies have been working on two major production concepts to further improve their production of chemicals, drugs, materials or biotechnology products: continuous flow and modularized production. The general goal is to ...

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10.05.2016

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Opening of AchemAsia 2016 — Increasing Role of China as a Level Player on the Global Market

China’s National Convention Center in Beijing is once again the meeting point for the process industry in China as the tenth AchemAsia has opened its doors. From May 9–12, 295 exhibitors present their innovations, products and technologies in the fields of process and chemical en...

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03.03.2016

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Industry 4.0 — and What Exactly Is New?

In a statement for ACHEMA worldwide News, Dr. Eberhard Veit, Managing Partner of 4.0-Veit, Chairman of Festo (till 2016) and Managing Partner of 4.0-Veit; Head of Advisory Board “Plattform Industrie 4.0 der Bundesrepublik Deutschland”, looks into what exactly is new with Industry...

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04.02.2016

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Bioplastics on the Move! – How Can Plant Engineering React to the Biomass Boom?

Biomass – more than just a fuel for power generation: It carries the hope to be usable for an ever–increasing number of chemical intermediates and finished products. Let's take a look at the challenges that the biomass conversion, bioplastics and renewable feedstock poses for pla...

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01.02.2016

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How to Manage the Trend to Mega–Sized Engineering Projects

The shale gas bonanza in the US is inundating European and especially German industrial plant manufacturers with new projects. But the challenges associated with increasing project size affect not only EPC suppliers but also owner engineers at chemical companies.

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29.10.2015

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Bioeconomy Projects Bloom in the Shale Gas Shadow

Over the last months, the outlook for biobased chemicals has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. But despite shale gas boom and low oil prices — experts agree: the trend is towards bioeconomy, it’s just a question of speed. And lately there are some promising projects.

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29.10.2015

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Electrifying Ideas — Chemicals Produced on Surplus Energy

Could “surplus” electricity be put to work in flexible chemicals production capacities that are switched on and off according to energy availability?

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16.06.2015

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Industrial Water in Processindustries — Closing the Loops is a Necessity

Industrial Water Management is a major theme this year in Frankfurt. You wonder why? Achema Daily has asked the expert: Scientific Advisor Water Technology and Management, Dechema Dr. Thomas Track.

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15.06.2015

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Understanding Raw Materials is Key

Trends in the chemical industry relate strongly to progress in process technology, said Dechema chairman Prof. Rainer Diercks at a pre-Achema press conference on 6 May. “That’s why I am looking forward to this year’s Achema to get an overview of the latest development and for an ...

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19.05.2015

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The Future of Pharmaceutical Packaging?

The trend towards biopharmcaeuticals poses several challenges for packaging specialists. It will be up to them to ensure the safe commercialisation of sensitive substances.

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13.04.2015

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The Industry Reduces its Thirst for Water

How well does industry manage water resources? The general tendency today is to take a holistic systems approach. More process water is being recirculated and industrial producers are recovering reusable substances and water treatment chemicals. Companies are also taking a new ap...

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23.02.2015

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'Big Data' – Challenge or Chance for Lab Automation?

Lab automation enables efficient handling of numerous samples. However, the challenge lies in how to make good use of ‘big data’. Therefore, current initiatives aim for standardization - but can that achieved? Discover the chances and challenges for laboryatories in the digital a...

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17.11.2014

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The Absorber in the Smokestack: Can Chemistry Stop Climate Change?

Out the flue, out of mind – in fact, carbon capture requires more than a big magnet– New technologies could help to separate climate-damaging carbon dioxide directly from exhaust gas. Now researchers place great hopes on chemical absorption processes in the smokestack.

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04.11.2014

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Bio-Based Chemical Industry – Caught in the Fossil Trap?

The US chemical industry thrives on shale gas, coal chemistry is celebrating a comeback in China. Where does this leave visions of a bio-based chemical industry on a broad range?

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05.02.2013

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Asia Firmly on the Process Industry´s Radar

A good three months before the start, Achemasia 2013 is well on course for success. The organisers anticipate a slight upturn in exhibitor figures. The new congress structure with satellite symposia has likewise met with an encouraging response.

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19.09.2012

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Annual Processnet and Biotechnology Congress: Shale–Gas Boom Puts Focus on Raw Materials

Sustainable production and raw material supply – that were the focus topics of this year's Processnet – and Dechema Biotechnology Congress. Especially debated was the recent shale–gas boom in the US, that gives American companies a clear competitive edge in terms of fuel and feed...

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02.07.2012

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Most International ACHEMA Ever Attracted 167,000 Visitors

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 l...

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25.06.2012

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Only an Uncaged Tiger is Dangerous

Experts from the scientific, business, consumer protection and regulatory communities took a closer look at nanotechnology safety research at a panel discussion during this years' Achema.

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22.06.2012

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In the Name of the Name – Packaging and Anti–Counterfeiting Trends at ACHEMA

Copies, fakes and imitations pose a problem for nearly every segment of industry including electronics, automotive products, apparel, music, food and investment goods. Counterfeiting is booming. Goods that used to be sold at bazars or under the counter are now available on the In...

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18.06.2012

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And the Winner is...

For his Radiofeature 'Is this gold or just rubbish?' Jahn Rähm will be given the ACHEMA Media–Award 2012. The author examines the topic and feasibility of Urban mining in a radio feature aired in October 2011 on German Deutschlandfunk.

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13.06.2012

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Bio–Economy: Where Do We Stand?

Everybody is talking about the bio–based economy – But what is the truth behind the slogan? How close are developments for the renewable energy, food, animal feed, fine & bulk chemical, textile, printing, machinery manufacturing and IT industries to market introduction? With ...

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08.06.2012

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Chemical Engineering World Exhibition with Optimistic Outlook for 2012

The flagship of the process industry is sailing in much more peaceful waters this year than just three years ago. The process industry has come out of the economic crisis stronger and ACHEMA should, according to the wishes of the organisers, profit from this.

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09.05.2012

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Energy Intelligence for Pumps and Compressors

Pumps and compressors account for a large share of energy consumption in process industry equipment. Best practice that can help further reduce consumption by this type of equipment will be a major theme at ACHEMA 2012 on June 18th to 22nd in Frankfurt/M., Germany. A key aspect t...

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07.05.2012

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Plant Engineering Between Individual Solutions and Container Modules

Market and raw material trends set the direction in the chemical industry. That is one of the reasons why the 2008/2009 crisis signaled the start of a paradigm shift in chemical plant engineering and construction. Traditional EPC suppliers (general contractors based in the West...

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27.04.2012

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Internationalisation – Challenges and Chances; an Interview With NAMUR Chairman Wilhelm Otten

The times in which one could optimise process developments or regulation in isolation are long past. Nevertheless, there is still obviously a lack of mutual understanding between chemical/process engineers and the colleagues in process automation technology. What is the reason fo...

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16.04.2012

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Savings of 100 Billion Euro Possible

Energy efficiency pays back bigly: With investments of around 24 billion Euro, savings of more than 100 billion Euro could be made a recent study by Roland Berger states...

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16.04.2012

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China Number 2 Measurement and Automation Producer

The dramatic changes of the global economy during the past decade are also mirrored in the development of process component manufacturers: China has become the number 2 in process automation and measurement systems. But while some industrialised countries have lost big market sha...

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