Achema 2018 Outlook Looming on the Horizon: 32nd Achema Adresses Tomorrow's Challenges

Author / Editor: Dr. Thomas Scheuring* / Dr. Jörg Kempf

Considering today’s work pace an event mid 2018 feels pretty far away. But — then again …

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ACHEMA 2018: Exhibition Layout
ACHEMA 2018: Exhibition Layout
(Source: DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH)

Large events need to be organized well in advance. And ACHEMA 2018 no doubt will be large in every aspect: 170,000 participants from more than 100 countries, including 30,000 executives, will make ACHEMA the top communication hub of the process industry. In 2018 ACHEMA will again be the place where technology trends are launched, investment decisions are taken and new ventures initiated.

Nowhere is the heartbeat of the process industry faster, more intense, more up-to-date, more innovative and international than here: ACHEMA is the trend-setting event for all sectors of our industry, is showcase of current technological developments and technology platform with a worldwide signalling effect.


Setting the Pace

What sets ACHEMA apart from other trade shows for our sector is the synergy potential which is being created through sheer technological diversity. Environmental protection, biotechnology or materials science for instance are all topics of overriding significance, exploiting technological solutions which are all enabled by process engineering.

Achema 2015: The Faces, Trends and Impressions
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Production-integrated environmental protection has correspondingly become one of the hallmarks of ACHEMA. Or, another example: nowhere is the merging of molecular and industrial biotechnology as tangible as at ACHEMA.

Adressing Tomorrow's Challenges

And the list goes on: Given the shortage of water resources, efficient industrial water management is an essential requirement for the operation of any industrial site. Today’s challenges, such as the energy turnaround, demand innovative solutions — that in turn rely on the progress in materials science. But, without coherent safety concepts, all of this is: Nothing!

In 2018 we will once again showcase the complete spectrum of process engineering — hence a broad spectrum of innovative technology which will spur the implementation of new projects.

Three Focal Topics

Keeping up with ACHEMA’s strategy to address hot topics with the potential to revolutionize our industry we are coming up with three focal topics which promise to set new impulses:

  • Biotech for Chemistry: from gene to process to product — chemical and biotechnological processes are merging.
  • Flexible Production: smaller batches, more specialised products, faster cycles — the digital integration of the value chain makes it possible.
  • Chemical and Pharma Logistics: from service provider to system partner with higher-level solutions — the digitization of the logistics chain opens new doors in supply chain management and distribution.
Control and Automation at Achema 2015
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A high-profile, explicitly practice- oriented conference programme is complementing the exhibition and contributes to ACHEMA’s all-around approach. Numerous special and guest events, expert round tables, panel discussions, and plenary lectures offer a comprehensive overview of current trends and the multifaceted diversity of process engineering.

To present practice-oriented topics in compact form by experts associated with our exhibitors — this is the mission of the recently implemented, highly attractive ACHEMA-PRAXISforums.

They will be held in close proximity to the respective exhibition group in the midst of the exhibition grounds with the following topics fixed already now:

  • Pharma meets Production
  • Chemicals’ & Pharmaceuticals’ Logistics
  • Innovative Mixing & Separation Solutions
  • Sensor-based production control
  • Lab of the Future
  • State of the Art in Fluid Handling
  • Safety First!
  • Advanced Reactor Design
  • Bioprocessing: speed, flexibility, disposables
Pharma, Packaging and Storage Solutions at Achema 2015
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School and university students have their own special programme at ACHEMA, giving the next generation — tomorrow’s customers and employees! — an all-around introduction to the world of process engineering.

Thanks to the personnel resources of 170,000 participants, ACHEMA is — virtually in passing — also the perfect setting for a targeted personnel search. Where else could you find a better platform for filling open positions than at ACHEMA? With the well-established “jobvector career day” ACHEMA supports exhibiting companies in finding suitable young talent and filling vacancies.

ACHEMA Start-Up Award

Another highlight is the ACHEMA Start-Up Award: Whose business concept is the best, bringing the process industry forward with fresh ideas and entrepreneurial spirit? Through this award the ACHEMA honors outstanding ideas and start-ups from the fields of chemistry, process technology and biotechnology. Endowed with prize money of 10,000 Euro each, the award offers the three finalists financial start-up aid as well as media backup and becomes the stepping stone for entrepreneurial breakthrough.

Laboratory and Analytic Technologies at Achema 2015
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Quick Access to All Information

Efficient navigation aids facilitate access to all information and create a clear pathway through the vast array of ACHEMA services (

And last but not least: We have something on offer for everybody as we aim to address the needs of medium-sized enterprises, international companies, family businesses, start-ups or industrial holdings likewise. Different stand options geared towards different budgets make this feasible. Just talk to us — and find out what works best for you and your company! n

* *T. Scheuring, CEO DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH