The organizers and the exhibitors of Achema are optimistic about the world's biggest fair for chemical engineering, biotechnology and environmental protection, which will take place from 18-22 June 2012 in Frankfurt am Main. The forecasts for the chemical industry and plant engineering of a stable to slightly positive trend are already reflected in good registration figures: the exhibition groups Instrumentation, Control and Automation Techniques and Pharmaceutical, Packaging and Storage Techniques manifest clear growth rates over 2009 when a total of 3,767 exhibitors and over 173,000 visitors was recorded. The share of international exhibitors is currently around 47 %; the increases from India and China are particularly striking, and also those from several Eastern European countries.
The hot topics at Achema 2012 are energy and resources. New energy storage technologies, particularly energy-saving plant, are highly relevant for the energy-intensive chemical industry. Similarly, the increasing use of renewable resources coupled with the application of biotechnological processes is generating new requirements for equipment and technology. Achema spans the complete value chain of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, from laboratory techniques through to packaging technology.
Similarly, with over 900 lectures the Congress programme of Achema 2012 addresses the entire spectrum of process engineering, pharmaceutical production and biotechnology. The focus will be not only on close-to-market solutions, but also on the latest findings from research and industrial application.