AchemAsia 2019: Setting new standards

AchemAsia 2019 is setting new standards. Three months before the opening of the event on 21 May 2019 in Shanghai, the booked exhibition space already exceeds the final count of the 2016 event. Exhibitors from 15 countries have booked their stands so far, and more applications are coming in daily. Visitor registration is opening soon – even now, participants can start preparing their AchemAsia experience on the website.

Apart from the move to Shanghai, where AchemAsia will take place at the NECC for the first time, participants can look forward to a couple of novelties: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production brings the latest technologies in this field to the spotlight. Making the process industry more sustainable means using less resources and less energy; efficiency in production processes is increased via the implementation of energy recovery measures, the use of better catalysts and optimized equipment. It means designing processes with a holistic perspective, making use of new digitalization and modelling approaches. It means protecting scarce water resources through state-of-the-art industrial water management, closing loops, culminating in concepts such as zero liquid discharge where no water leaves the industrial process.

This focus matches China’s strive to modernize its industrial foundation following the “Made in China 2025” strategy. Over the past years, overcapacities have been taken off the market, and strict regulations have been imposed to implement high environmental standards as well as increasing plant and process safety. Older plants have been relocated to modern industrial parks or had to be shut down. New petrochemical complexes are currently being built, involving significant international investment. According to a report by Germany Trade and Invest in November 2018, conditions for foreign investment are better than ever – not least due to the pressure imposed by the trade and technology conflict with the USA.

The pharmaceutical industry, too, is setting out for new horizons. Policy makers and regulators are increasing the pressure on China’s pharmaceutical companies; by calling for cost cuttings in health services, they have created a much more competitive environment for the industry, pushing it to rely less on generic drugs and focus more on the development of innovative drugs. The pharma industry thus is preparing to become more flexible, setting up modular production lines than are able to produce different products with minimal changeover times.

And the changes are showing, says Thomas Scheuring: “I visited China on a business trip in fall 2018 and I was really impressed by some of the pharma tech companies we visited. Also the efficiency in chemical engineering has increased tremendously. From a Western viewpoint, there are plenty of developments to be curious about.”

Besides being showcased in the exhibition, these trends will also be discussed in the accompanying congress. Composed of satellite symposia on hot topics of the Chinese process industry, the congress takes place right in the exhibition hall. Thus, visitors can make the most of their day, exploring the exhibition, joining presentations and finding the applications at the exhibition stands, all without the need to cover long distances.

AchemAsia is a prime opportunity to discover more about current trends in the Chinese market, but also see what the Chinese industry has to offer. Especially in the area of digitalization, China is seen as a global leader, and that will probably show in the process industry soon as well.

AchemAsia - International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production - is the international technical and scientific exhibition and conference for the Asian market. With about 400 exhibitors from some 20 countries it focusses on the exchange of experience between scientists and engineers as well as between equipment suppliers and users. We draw on 30 years of expertise as event organizers in China with the unique background of 98 years of ACHEMA. AchemAsia takes place every three years. It is organized by DECHEMA and CIESC (Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China) in cooperation with numerous Chinese and international partners. The next AchemAsia will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai.

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