The laboratory world has changed dramatically in recent years. Where formerly a large amount of manual work was necessary to generate data, modern lab equipment today enables researchers to perform literally millions of reactions and analyses in a short time frame. The challenge lies in the ability to handle the tremendous amount of data generated by high-throughput experiments or automated formulation. Sophisticated IT is needed to produce meaningful insights. The IT systems need to be integrated with the equipment as well as with other systems. At ACHEMA, laboratory suppliers shine the spotlight on everything from basic lab equipment to automated modular systems and the software and modeling tools needed to interpret “big data”. The Congress addresses these issues along with laboratory layout and safety.