ACHEMA 2022, which takes place in August, is regarded as a world-leading show for the process industry.

In addition to the transformation towards a climate-neutral chemical industry and the perennial topic of digitalisation, the current global political situation also poses massive challenges for the industry. Which technologies can be used to achieve defossilisation? How to secure and enhance regional and global supply chain networks? And what hurdles must be overcome in the digitalisation of the industry?

As a forum for chemical engineering, process engineering and biotechnology, ACHEMA 2022 will investigate and debate potential answers to these questions and more.

Europe aims to become climate-neutral by 2050. In line with this target, the chemical industry is working on technologies to achieve this goal. What are the opportunities, challenges, and obstructions? How do we shape the necessary political framework and incentives? Which financial instruments are required? These questions will be addressed at the opening event ‘Climate-Neutral Chemical Industry’ on 22 August 2022 on the first day.

Green Innovation Zone

Five areas in particular are in the spotlight: climate-neutral production, circular economy, industrial water, sustainable chemistry, bio-based economy.

“The process industry will have to electrify its facilities across the board and use hydrogen as an energy source in the medium term if it wants to live up to its responsibility for sustainable value creation,” Frank Jenner, of EY, the main green innovation partner, is quoted as saying. “The industry is already going to great lengths and it’s a huge challenge, but it can be done.”

Digital Hub and Digital Lab

The topic of digitalisation has finally claimed a top spot on the agenda of the process industry, with new exhibition group Digital Hub which, as the name suggests, is the central meeting point for digital specialists.

The Digital Lab Action Area is presented as the smart lab of tomorrow’ with manufacturers demonstrating cross-manufacturer digitalisation solutions using relevant practical examples. The spectrum ranges from Cobot-assisted work processes for sample preparation and analysis, user-oriented process control with Laboratory Execution Systems, to horizontally and vertically connected, modularly adaptable equipment solutions. Innovative software and device solutions are supported by the Laboratory & Analytical Device Standard (LADS) for OPC UA.


ACHEMA takes place every three years in Frankfurt, and covers all aspects of the process industry from laboratory equipment, pumps, and analytical devices to packaging machinery, boilers and stirrers to safety technology, materials, and software for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food production industries. This year’s event runs between 22 – 26 August 2022 in Frankfurt am Main.
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