The three-yearly international show was according to the organisers, Dechema, a great success among the exhibitors who were satisfi ed with excellent business contacts and positive stimulus for innovation and investment.

From the industrial gas companies point of view the event saw the household names such as Linde Engineering, Air Liquide, Woikoski, Messer Cutting and Welding and BOC Edwards as well as Herose, Man Turbo, Worthington Cylinders, Rotarex, Flowserve, Safety Systems UK, Meca-Inox and Witt Gas.

Linde\\$quot;s Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Beysel told gasworld that the event provided a major opportunity to reach out to students and present the company as an opportunity
for graduates. Beysel said: " a PR point of view this is a great chance for us to show that we are a modern and forward looking company to work for."

Finnish industrial gas company Woikoski on the other hand commented on the excellent business opportunities. Managing director Clas Palmberg, said: " was definitely a positive experience from a business point of view. Our main purpose was to find new customers, meet existing ones and also to find new suppliers. I believe the target was met."

Two of the long-distance first time valve exhibitors, Neela India of India and Fangzheng Valve Manufacturing Co,were also positively surprised from the major
business opportunities available.

Upbeat mood
Generally the mood was upbeat as large crowds gathered to the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. 3880 exhibitors from 50 countries used the world\\$quot;s biggest platform for the process industries and displayed their latest equipment, systems, technology, and know-how for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries and related sectors of the material processing industry.

Increasing foreign delegations
More than 180,000 professionals from 98 countries opposed to previous show\\$quot;s 192,000 professionals attended this year\\$quot;s event. According to Dechema chairman Alfred Oberholz, the international significance and innovative energy of the 28th show was greater than ever before. He said: " event also reflected the state of the worldwide economy, which is more buoyant than it has been for a long time."

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He continued: " exhibitors reported a higher level of qualifi ed discussions and international contacts. The slight decline in visitor numbers (-4.4%) was not really noticeable, because foreign visitors often attended the show on several days, and this more than compensated for the lower overall visitor numbers."

A visitor survey revealed that for the fi rst time more than 30 per cent of visitors came from outside of Germany, which is an eight per cent increase compared to 2003. There were large delegations from Japan, India, China and the Middle East along with high-profile representatives from business and major institutions in the various countries.

However, the largest contingents came from Germany (2157), Italy (266), the UK (204), Switzerland (177), the US (173), France (137) and Holland (104). The Asian region showed the strongest growth in exhibitor numbers (China +185%, South Korea +143% and India +61%).

Representatives from China, India, Pakistan and Brazil among others have already indicated that they will have a stronger presence at the next Achema.

Record number of talks
The Achema Congress also set a new record of 925 talks and revealed a number of new approaches in process engineering and biotechnology.

The most popular topics this year were microprocess technology, nanotechnology, process automation, new biomass-based fuels, membrane technology, water technology, new fuel cell materials and new process technology with green solvents.According to the organisers nearly all of the talks were held in English, and there was a high level of involvement by industry professionals.

AchemAsia 2007 in China
The seventh AchemAsia show, established in China back in 1989, will be held next year from 14 \\$quot;“ 18 May 2007 in Beijing. Dechema says this event is the leading
event in the Far East for suppliers to the process industry. " welcome the opportunity to have a presence in regions where the process industry is growing, and they are pleased to contribute to the establishment and developement of worldwide networks for the process and and capital good industry. Visitors and exhibitors are already showing a high level of interest in ACHEMASIA."

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