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#process innovation

Process technology is at a cross-roads: While new investments in "green technologies" are growing at an unprecedented pace, it is becoming increasingly complex to maintain operations and keep existing plants in the market.

#process innovation at ACHEMA 2024

Learn more about the hot topics of the process industries:

The GEA Process Innovation Stage will zoom in on the current hot topics helping transform the industry:

  • Electrification, flexibilisation and efficiency improvement of chemical processes
  • New food processing and technology
  • Smart engineering, equipment, analytics and operations
  • Advanced and sustainable production and reaction systems

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ACHEMA congress topics

#process innovation

#process: Food processing and technology

Food processing and food biotechnology are key to ensure a safer, more nutritious, and sustainable food supply for a growing world population: Innovations in food processing technologies lead to more efficient and sustainable production methods, and high-quality food products. Disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing, enable the creation of new food designs. Modern food biotechnology offers the tools to make food safer, more digestible, or simply tastier by using the catalytic abilities of microorganisms and enzymes. New plant-, cell- or microorganism-based products offer a sustainable and environmentally friendly source of protein.

  • Novel mechanical, thermal or chemical processes for the production and processing of food
  • New food processing technologies
  • Novel protein production

Lectures covering food processing and technology

#process: Materials and material processing

Materials and materials processing are essential success factors in the process industry. The interaction between reaction media, reactants, and material surfaces, as well as the correct dosage and composition of ingredients and the product functionality strongly depend on the right choice of materials and their use.

Lectures covering materials and materials processing

#process: Mixing and separation

Mixing and separation are core challenges in any materials related process chain. The topic will cover research and development concerning solid liquid separation, gas-gas separation, gas-liquid mixing and process monitoring to treat, handle or process solids, liquids or gases and mixtures of them.

Lectures covering mixing and separation

#process: Plant design and maintenance

Digitalization including AI are essential key features offering new perspectives in plant and equipment design, building, operation and maintenance. From initial design to brownfield or greenfield implementation, from revamping or debottlenecking of single equipment to full plants, from operations to predictive maintenance: all these are essential parts of success stories. 

Lectures covering plant design and maintenance

#process: Process engineering

Design and optimization of the right process is the fundamental base for economic success. This starts from basic design and ends with cost engineering. Whether you are using standard tools or AI, whether you are developing a new reactor system or simply improve a process by optimization of parameters or design: Join the discussion at the ACHEMA 2024 congress!

Lectures covering process engineering

#process: Safety and security

Safety is priceless. It protects your most valuable assets: your employees, your customers, and your production sites. Security is essential. It defends your investments from outside attacks. Members of the global safety community from industry, services, academics, and authorities present the latest concepts, methods, measures and regulatory developments to counteract the numerous risks due to e.g. cyberattacks, tampering, explosions, fires, and many more hazards.

Lectures covering safety and security

Discover the latest developments

Innovations in process technology are at the very heart of ACHEMA. The show was originally founded in 1919 to bridge the gap between chemists in the lab and engineers at the plant.

Our exhibition groups bear witness to the fruits of this truly inspiring and sustainable connection. To name a few: