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Biotech for chemistry…

featuring the best of both worlds

22% in 2020, 30% in 2030 – the goals for the biobased share in the European chemical industry are anything if not ambitious. They will not be achieved by some high-value active ingredients here and some specialties there; if they are to become true, it will mean a fundamental change in the industry.

Detergents, lubricants, plastics are the case studies that aim at high-volume, mid- or even low-price biobased products. A biobased chemical industry is inconceivable without biotechnological processes that are much more efficient in making complex natural molecular structures accessible. But bioeconomy and biotechnology reach well beyond the obvious. If you think about biotech companies, what are the brands that come to mind? Have you included any of the large ‘traditional’ chemical companies? You should, because biotechnology has arrived in the chemical industry, there‘s no doubt about that. Biotechnological processes complement chemical conversions, and biobased resources are chosen not only for sustainability reasons, but also for their superior performance.

Succinic acid for example is only one of many products where microbial production is about to replace chemical synthesis and no one wants to look back. ACHEMA is the trade show where both worlds meet.

Like a common thread the focal topic ‘biotech for chemistry’ runs through all of the eleven exhibitions groups.

And Innovators Magazine is delighted to announce we are the official publisher of the event’s Biotech for Chemistry partnership publication. 

“Innovators Magazine – the name already implies why it’s a perfect match for ACHEMA,” explained Dr Marlene Etschmann, ACHEMA communications. “Always on the forefront of technology and covering a broad range of topics, the magazine is just like our trade show. The people that make it have the right mix of expertise in biotech and an open mind to look over the rim of the tea-cup, exactly what we need for a focal topic like Biotech for Chemistry.”  

ACHEMA 2018 will take place from 11 to 15 June 2018. To find out how to get involved with Innovators Magazine at ACHEMA, visit our dedicated event page.

Read more about ACHEMA 2018 in our latest edition – out this week, which is being distributed at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) in Brussels; and is also available online.

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