Closer integration between congress and exhibition, along with the popularity of sustainability-related topics, has helped the ACHEMA show exceed organizers’ expectations, according to statements at a press event Wednesday.
“Participation in the congress, in the sessions and in the innovation stages within the halls is much better than in the past,” said Andreas Förster, executive director of Dechema e.V.
The most popular sessions have revolved around sustainability – with hydrogen production and storage, as well as plastics recycling, garnering large audiences, Förster said. Modular plants and open-platform communications have also been popular.
Förster was joined at the event by Jürgen Nowicki, chair of the ACHEMA committee, as well as Björn Mathes, head of Praxis Forums at Dechema and Thomas Scheuring, Dechema CEO.
The lack of several big exhibitor names this year is not a message for the future, the panelists emphasized. “We are already talking to several companies who are keen to rejoin us in 2024 and take up their customary stands,” Scheuring said.
As an exhibitor (Linde Engineering), Nowicki said he understood the commercial risks in planning attendance. but/scj