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Six months before the start the organizers have decided to postpone ACHEMA to April 4 – 8, 2022 after intensive consultation with exhibitors and partners. With this early decision DECHEMA wants to give exhibitors planning security in the light of the long-term preparation and investment required by a show of this size. The ACHEMA Committee, representing the exhibitors, had previously also unanimously supported a postponement to 2022, expressing at the same time their strong commitment to ACHEMA.
"Our claim is to be the global meeting place for the process industry and to make it possible to experience it with all senses", explains Dr.-Ing. Thomas Scheuring, CEO of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH. "As things stand at present, we will not be able to live up to this claim in June 2021, because we have to assume that travel will not yet be unrestricted at that time". The organizers see the postponement by about nine months as an opportunity to create a diverse, lively and multi-sensorial ACHEMA. "We want to meet the expectations of exhibitors and visitors for an ACHEMA", explains Dr. Björn Mathes, Member of the Executive Board of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH. This requires a comprehensive exhibition program and the opportunity for personal contact.
ACHEMA Pulse in June 2021
However, exhibitors and visitors do not have to do without the global exchange on the latest trends in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries in June 2021: From June 15-16, 2021 ACHEMA Pulse will provide inspiration for new solutions that the industries urgently need right now. Presentations by top-class and visionary speakers will shed light on the latest topics in the process industry, linked to interactive discussion formats and lectures that address key global issues of relevance to the ACHEMA community. In addition to the focus topics Digital Lab, Modular and Connected Production and Product and Process Security, these include the launch of the Digital Hub with its many aspects. Sustainability is also on the agenda of ACHEMA Pulse. In virtual PRAXISforums participants can find out about concrete technology developments. In addition, the winning teams of the first ACHEMA Innovation Challenge will present their solutions to the global community. In this interactive competition teams of students, companies or start-ups develop solutions to questions that currently concern many companies. The Challenge starts in January 2021, pre-registration will open shortly.
Via the ACHEMA Pulse Platform, exhibitors and participants can also expand their business networks, make contacts and start conversations. The platform deliberately dispenses with a graphically animated exhibition. Instead, it offers fully integrated digital company and product/service profiles in which exhibitors can individually present the diversity of their offerings. Participants can contact each other at any time via chat, audio or video call. In addition, sophisticated matchmaking options allow contact to be established on the basis of offers or requests or even speed dating based on common areas of interest. The intelligent individual calendar ensures that time at ACHEMA Pulse can be used optimally.
This makes ACHEMA Pulse an interactive and flexible business platform for the process industry, which further brings the ACHEMA motto "Inspiring Sustainable Connections" to life. "When developing the platform it was important to us that the ACHEMA community has numerous opportunities to take advantage of this business platform and initiate discussions or topics themselves. More digital interaction is part of the strategic concept of future ACHEMAs, and we are glad that we started developing a corresponding offering at a very early stage," says Björn Mathes. "This is not a substitute for a physical exhibition, but rather a valuable addition, which however already now offers us the opportunity to set impulses and initiate contacts that can be developed further until April 2022".