Achema Pulse: Modular Production Transforming the Process Industry: The Future of Specialty Chemical Production is Modular
On Day 1 of Achema Pulse, a session was held on ‘Modular Production: Transforming the Process Industry with BioPhorum (global) and ICES, AA*STAR (Singapore)’. Gabriel Loh, Team Leader at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences in Singapore and Clare Simpson, Technology Roadmapping Phorum Lead at Bio Phorum presented their views on the activities in the biopharmaceutical sector by BioPhorum and the research activities in Singapore by A*STAR.
The basis of this insightful session was that the specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical markets demand ever-more adapted products. Processes need to be developed quickly, and production facilities designed as flexibly as possible. At the same time, they should consume minimal energy and raw materials to keep the CO₂ footprint light. A promising approach to meet all these objectives is modular production.
In this background, many national and international projects and organisations are working on this transformation. At the session, Gabriel Loh, Team Leader at the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences in Singapore and Clare Simpson, Technology Roadmapping Phorum Lead at Bio Phorum presented their respective views on the activities in the biopharmaceutical sector by BioPhorum and the research activities in Singapore by A*STAR.
The benefits of modular production are well recognized and it is widely considered as the future of chemical production
Gabriel Loh leads an initiative called ‘Pilot plant of the Future’ which aims to establish a next generation advanced chemical manufacturing platform by converging different emerging concepts and techno logies to help drive transformation of the chemical industry in Singapore. For this purpose, he is planning to develop a pilot plant for the process industry and in particular for the specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical sector. The plant will adopt the modular approach for this project.
Gabriel Loh said, “To realize future needs, modularization and digitalization are the two key chemical drivers in our project. The benefits of modular production are well recognized and it is widely considered as the future of chemical production as companies look towards a next generation production technology to transform their business.”
Clare Simpson also spoke about how does modular production impact the bio industry and the activities carried out at Bio Phorum. She mentioned that the technology road mapping aspect at the company is all about bringing together a unified vision – the vision of creating a factory of the future. “Technology road mapping is all about creating a consensus strategy for the future of bio manufacturing,” shares Simpson. “We can create a single industry voice to inform local research and regulatory programs and work together to reduce the risk across the industry by becoming fellow travelers on the way.”
The session was insightful and updated industry leaders of the latest trends in the sector.