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ACHEMA 2015 Preview: Exhibition Overview

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Launched in 1920, ACHEMA is the leading show for the chemical engineering and process sector, providing a unique overview of the latest industry trends and technology.

This year’s show will see approximately 3800 exhibitors from 55 countries present a wide range of new developments, innovative products and cross sectoral system solutions, distributed over 16 hall levels covering approximately 140 000 m2 of exhibition space. The halls are divided into themes, housing all sectors of the process industry, including: Research and Innovation; Engineering, Laboratory and Analytical Techniques; Mechanical Processes; Thermal Processes; Instrumentation, Control and Automation Techniques; Materials Technology and Testing; Pumps, Compressors, Valves and Fittings; Industrial and Labour Safety; Literature, Information, Learning and Teaching Aids; and Pharmaceutical, Packaging and Storing Techniques. The show will attract approximately 170 000 delegates, who have the opportunity to experience these cutting edge technologies and solutions first hand.

Alongside the exhibition, ACHEMA 2015 will host a number of panel discussions, study courses and business and recruitment forums, as well as factory tours, awards and social networking sessions. The congress will feature up to 800 lectures on the latest industry topics.

This year, the organisers have devised a range of new formats to promote the exchange of views between users and suppliers. The ACHEMA PRAXIS forums will address topics such as single use technologies, pharmaceutical production, components and equipment, mixing and separation, safety and plant control. New developments from practice will be introduced in mini presentations in the direct vicinity of the exhibition halls concerned. In addition, the ACHEMA Worldwide Business Forum will home in on regions of interest for the chemical process industry, while the jobvector career day will shine a light on jobs and recruitment.

Focus topics

ACHEMA 2015 will centre around three focal themes: BiobasedWorld, Process Analytical Technology and Industrial Water Management.


Biotechnology and environmental protection are of paramount importance for the process industry, and consequently these issues have a high profile in all the exhibitions groups. BiobasedWorld at ACHEMA gives visitors the opportunity to obtain a more detailed look into biotechnology, with topics ranging from biorefineries, bioengineering and processes to laboratory equipment and packaging.

Process Analytical Technology

Automation is central to all areas of the process industry. Process analytical technology (PAT), a running theme throughout the show, bridges the gap between process automation and laboratory analytics, and will play a major role in future chemical production. ACHEMA 2015 adds a fresh new note to this theme by adding a PAT tour for visitors.

Industrial Water Management

Industrial water management is an increasingly important factor for the process industry on account of its innovation potential and close links to production. Resource conservation and economic considerations make it imperative to make intelligent use of industrial process water and to consume as little as possible. Companies will be putting proven, enhanced and recently developed products, technologies and system solutions on display in process orientated exhibition groups at this year's show.

Need to know

  • Dates: 15 - 19 June 2015
  • Venue: Messe Frankfurt, Germany
  • Opening hours: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm (daily)
  • Organiser: DECHEMA
  • Website:

Written by Rosalie Starling

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