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From Monday to Friday this week, 3,767 exhibitors from 49 different countries will present their new products and technologies for chemical engineering, environmental protection and biotechnology at ACHEMA 2009 on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. With a 46.6 % share of foreign exhibitors the 29th worldwide exhibition-congress is more international than ever before in its 89-year history. On 133,848 m² of exhibition area engineers, designers and plant manufacturers will find cutting-edge developments for the chemical and petrochemical industries, pharmaceutical and food technology and related branches ranging from a single valve to a complete production plant. One of the overriding themes of this year’s ACHEMA is the maximization of energy and resource efficiency. The use of renewable resources is not only the theme of this year’s Special Show, it is also one of the central topics of the Congress Programme which comprises over 900 lectures.
In his speech at the Opening Session on Sunday, Dr. Alfred Oberholz, Chairman of DECHEMA, pinpointed two potential ways out of the global economic crisis: concentration on innovation and orientation towards long-term sustainable megatrends. Strategic partnerships all along the value-added chain are a vital prerequisite for the success of innovations. According to Oberholz, the key megatrends are the restructuring of our energy base into a sustainable, carbon-neutral one and the trend towards installing oil and gas production plants close to the reserves in the producing countries. This would be absolutely in the interests of German plant engineering. The dynamic development behind these trends should not be underestimated and it calls for even more intensive worldwide cooperation.
In his Opening Lecture on “Organic electronics – future opportunities through novel materials” Prof. Dr. Klaus Müllen, Director of the Synthetic Chemistry Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, presented one example of innovations. According to Müllen, organic molecules are about to make a valuable contribution to the electronics world, which is today dominated by silicon.
“ACHEMA has passed this major challenge with flying colours“, that is how Prof. Gerhard Kreysa, Chief Executive of DECHEMA e.V., the organizer, summed up the situation at the opening International Press Conference on Sunday. ACHEMA 2009 is comparable in size to the 2006
event, although the economic situation then was completely different. Like a burning glass, ACHEMA attracts attention to fundamental economic and technological trends, in this case process efficiency and the shift in the energy base
. Consequently, technology and society should today already be preparing themselves for the post-oil era. ACHEMA can contribute vital technological impulses to this discussion.
“From today – or at least: for one week - Frankfurt is the world’s capital of the chemical and the process industries”, announced Werner Schwarzmeier, Director of Linde Engineering. The fact that, despite economic constraints, bookings for ACHEMA have remained practically constant, demonstrates how robust and resilient engineering is. Dr. Norbert Kuschnerus, Chairman of NAMUR User Association of Automation Technology stated that ACHEMA provides a platform where current developments are not only on display, but are open to discussion. Dr. Utz Tillmann, Director General of VCI (the Association of the German Chemical Industry) characterized the situation of his branch as “ difficult but not hopeless” . According to Tillmann, the chemical industry will overcome the crisis and will remain in the medium to long term an industrial sector with excellent growth prospects. This is an important factor for the whole of Germany as an industrial nation, because chemistry is its industrial basis.
ACHEMA International Exhibition-Congress on Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Protection takes place at three-yearly intervals in Frankfurt am Main. It is organized by DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V. The exhibition is open daily from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Further information and the complete Congress Programme are available at