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Achema 2018 Review

By Scott Jenkins |

Sustainability, digitalization and flexible production approaches emerged as major themes at the recent Achema 2018 event in Germany Attendees at June’s Achema (www.achema.de) 2018 trade show for the chemical process industries (CPI) received healthy doses of information on products, technologies and ideas that, in one way or another, were geared toward three areas: increasing the sustainability of chemical processes; utilizing digital tools for efficiency, optimization and training; and implementing flexible manufacturing approaches, including modular construction. This article provides an overview of some of highlights from Achema that relate to these areas. Other emerging developments surrounding Achema were outlined by event organizers at the show’s launch (see sidebar, “Achema Top Trends,” p. 16).   Dechema[/caption] Sustainable chemistry Global population and demographics, combined with environmental protection challenges have been pressuring chemical processors to become cleaner and more efficient, but this Achema event placed a spotlight squarely on how the CPI must change to meet the needs of a sustainable future. A good example of this focus at the fair was the activity of the International Sustainable Chemistry…
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