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Press release ¤ Information de presse

May 14, 2006

ACHEMA 2006 begins under favourable business conditions

  • Impulses for new directions in developing technologies expected 

  • More Exhibitors than in 2006, more international than ever

The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, was present together with numerous diplomats from the exhibiting countries and high ranking representatives from politics, business and science at the opening ceremony of the 28th ACHEMA, the leading international event for the process industries, on Sunday 14 May 2006.

ACHEMA 2006 with its 3880 exhibitors from 50 countries is larger and more international than ever before. The proportion of foreign exhibitors at 44.4% is larger than in any previous event. The exhibition runs until 19 May 2006. The exhibitors on 135,524 m2 (net) of exhibition space will offer complete solutions and display a comprehensive range of equipment, technologies and know-how for the chemical and petrochemical industries, for the pharmaceutical and food industries and all related branches of the process industries. Environmental compatibility and resource saving are the guiding principles of these innovations. Over 900 lectures, ACHEMA Worldwide Business Forums on China and the Middle East, Podium Discussions and numerous international workshops will deliver groundbreaking impulses in research, business and global development.

“Chemistry is the innovation motor for the whole economy” explained the Federal Minister for Research, Dr. Annette Schavan in her speech during the ACHEMA Opening Ceremony. “We need to set our sails both in law and in politics, towards more freedom, more competition and more autonomy. She emphasised, “this is the decisive signal for Germany’s innovative and competitive capabilities.” The Federal Government will live up to these responsibilities and is working on a high-tech strategy to be presented later this summer. “We will show how we will link research aid and the legal environment in the important areas of technology for promising markets. We wish to make it clear, that more trust in the opportunities offered by new technology would be of advantage to the citizens of our country”. She went on to say that ACHEMA offers an ideal international discussion platform for promising trends in chemistry.

The Federal Government plans to increase the investment in research and development to the end of the present legislative period by six billion euros. This six billion euro programme is intended to strengthen both advanced and basic technologies, to allow Germany to stay in the future in the premier league of the worldwide economies.

The Chairman of the DECHEMA and Vice-Chairman of Degussa, Dr. Alfred Oberholz stressed, “The ACHEMA, the world’s largest forum for the process industry, uniquely demonstrates the industry’s innovative abilities. At the same time the ACHEMA holds up a mirror to the development of the world economy.” He went on to say, that the global cooperation and engagement our companies abroad is not only a simple question of survival in an ever changing world, but also a necessary contribution to world geopolitical stability.

Guaranteeing secure raw material supply, energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of processes and products are future challenges. The changeover from fossil raw materials to renewable resources is thus one of the major tasks of the next 50 years. This is not only true for fuels and energy supply, but also for the basic raw material supply for the chemical industry. “We need new processes, new production routes and new plant, and above all the courage to change.“, confirmed Oberholz. The first practical processes and solutions for the chemical industry of tomorrow will be demonstrated in the exhibition halls and discussed in the Congress lecture theatres.

The DECHEMA as event organiser expects strong interaction from its international visitors to this 28th ACHEMA and expects innovative impulses in all areas of chemical technology, environmental protection and biotechnology to follow.

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