What will the process industry look like in 2025? More flexible, more integrated, more biological, experts say. Three focal topics bring “Flexible Production”, “Chemical and pharma logistics” and “Biotech for Chemistry” to the forefront at ACHEMA 2018. Megatrends affect whole industries from equipment to processes to business models.
Consequently, they cannot be covered within one exhibition group. ACHEMA answers to this by defining three focal topics that draw attention to developments affecting all stakeholders in the process industry, from lab supplier to pump developer to plant engineer and operator. Thus, aided by markings at the stand to dedicated topical magazines, visitors can get an overview on where the process industry is headed.
ACHEMA 2018 focuses on three trends:
Digitisation has been a major driver of the process industry for some time – and it’s no end in itself: “Future chemical production has to react more flexibly – to different raw materials, to a volatile energy supply, and to customer demands for more individualized products”, said Dr. Andreas Förster, Subject Matter Expert Chemistry at DECHEMA e.V.
The focal topic “Flexible Production” at ACHEMA 2018 specifically addresses these aspects:
“Numerous exhibitors offer relevant products or services”, said Dr. Marlene Etschmann, responsible for communicating on the focal topics at DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH.
Closely related to flexible production are chemical and pharma logistics. These used to be perceived as something happening outside the factory gate, but in times of integrated supply chains they have become a significant factor in production. In some areas like personalized medicine, logistics even become part of the product
The third focal topic “Biotech for Chemistry” showcases the integration of chemical and biotechnological methods. They are no longer strictly separated; pragmatically, the method of choice is the one promising the best results. Citric acid, for example, has been produced since the 1920s by purely biotechnological means, for acetic acid, the chemical process is still more competitive.
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