ACHEMA ’15: Biotechnology, efficiency drive talks

By MIKE RHODES
Technical Editor

FRANKFURT, Germany -- This week, Frankfurt is the center of the world for the whole range of process technology, uniting under one roof over 4,000 international exhibitors, over half of which are now international. The event features more than 800 presentations, speakers and technical sessions, bringing together over 170,000 participants, a literal “Who’s who” of the industry.

As a key driver of innovation and growth that are fueling the global economy, the process industry is undergoing enormous changes – energy turnaround, globalization, eco-efficiency, process optimization and bio-economy, among others, are a few of the pressures the sector faces.

ACHEMA 2015 is providing particular focus to: ‘Biobased World,’ a venue for industrial (“white”) biotechnology; innovative process analytical technology (PAT), which bridges the gap between automation and analytics; and industrial water management, which is exploring concepts for ecologically and economically efficient hydrological cycles.

“There is a strikingly positive development of the exhibition groups’ instrumentation, control and automation techniques as well as pharmaceutical, packaging and storage practices,” said Jurgen Nowicki, chairman of the ACHEMA committee and member of the board of Linde Engineering. “The two largest exhibition groups are the laboratory and analytical techniques group, and the pumps, compressors and valves group, which itself forms the largest pump show in the world.”

“No other event offers a platform for plant engineers where we can present integrated wholistic concepts. For this, ACHEMA is more or less home turf.”

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hell, current Nobel Prize Winner and a successful founder, spoke to the overall theme of innovation in delivering Monday's keynote speech.

“The huge breadth of ACHEMA cuts across many disciplines and levels of expertise, ranging from R&D to plant operations,” said Rainer Diercks, chairman of ACHEMA e.V. “We talk about energy, resources and water; we talk about flexible production solutions; we talk a about medicine; and we talk about the worldwide economy and political uncertainties across a wide spectrum. We are also highlighting the contributions that chemistry, biotechnology and engineering can make to resolve worldwide problems, specifically the basic human needs of eco-friendly energy, food, water and health.”

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