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Ten years of Cleanzone: Fulminant restart for the anniversary edition in 2022

24 Nov 2022

In addition to the exhibitors' products and solutions, the highlights at Cleanzone 2022 included the top themes of automation, sustainability and the challenge of supply chains. The top themes were discussed intensively during the Cleanzone Conference. Both the exhibitors and the nominees for the Cleanzone Award presented their innovations in interdisciplinary cleanroom technology in Frankfurt am Main on 23 and 24 November. 1,500 participants and 82 exhibiting companies came to the Cleanzone anniversary edition, which not only grew in terms of space.

Full of energy, with numerous ideas, products and innovations for a wide range of applications, the international cleanroom industry met in Hall 1.2 at the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre for Cleanzone, the international trade fair for cleanroom and cleanliness technology, hygiene and contamination control. But more than that, there was occasion to celebrate. Wolfgang Marzin, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt: "Ten years of Cleanzone – what an impressive anniversary edition. The trade fair has once again proven that the subject of cleanroom technology is innovative, important and relevant for the future. The number of different industries, innovations and impulses for the future presented here is remarkable. It's great to see how new things can be created here on site."

The industry's solutions are in demand: starting with the needs for both the production of filters and protective clothing, the development of medicines, the demand for increased hygiene measures and comprehensive contamination control – these topics have come strongly to the fore not only since the Corona pandemic. One of the major topics among the participants was also the question of solutions helping to avoid production stops in times of crisis. Cleanzone provided the answers here. This is also reflected in the visitor survey, with results for Cleanzone 2022 significantly higher than those of the previous event in 2019: 91% of visitors showed overall satisfaction with Cleanzone 2022 (2019: 85%), 87% of visitors are satisfied with the range of products and services on display (2019: 84%) and 46% of visitors are planning to invest in cleanroom technology (2019: 46%).

Cleanzone Conference: Making the future tangible

The focus of the Cleanzone Conference was primarily on the top issues: Here, information and discussions were held on automation and supply chains, compliance and QMR as well as new standards and modern cleanroom concepts. The topic of sustainability was addressed in presentations such as "Delivering energy efficiency solutions in pharmaceutical and life science cleanrooms" by Keith Beattie (EECO2), "Towards holistic sustainability through circular economy" by Prof. Dr. Julia Krause (HTW Dresden) and "Sustainability and Contamination Control in Hospitals" by MSc. Remko Noor (Maximuse B. V.). In the lecture "Personalized Medicine – Chances and Challenges", Morten Schlothauer also spoke about the relevance of patient-specific drug manufacturing. In addition, lectures on intralogistics, diversity and the promotion of young talent in the cleanroom sector also proved to be a magnet. A total of 22 renowned experts shared their know-how with Cleanzone participants and facilitated exchange on current challenges.

And the Cleanzone Award goes to…

Out of eleven applications submitted, five prevailed for the Cleanzone Award 2022 and were ultimately nominated for the prize by the expert jury. In the end, the Cleanzone Award 2022 was awarded to Reinraum-Mieten with the innovation “Cleanroom Rental”. The project provides temporary, individually configurable cleanrooms and in the end convinced the jury and the trade fair audience. Reinraum-Mieten receives an award and 3,000 euros for its innovation from Wiley publishing house, Cleanzone partner.

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Facts and figures on Cleanzone 2022. Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

The number of exhibitors also increased for the anniversary edition. 82 exhibitors from 17 countries exhibited at Cleanzone. A total of 1.500 participants from 38 countries visited the trade fair (2019: 1,300 participants from 42 countries). Besides Germany, the most important visitor countries were the Netherlands, Türkiye, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic and Sweden. The degree of internationality of the visitors reached about 30 per cent. Most of the trade visitors came from the pharmaceutical industry, microelectronics and biotechnology.

Cleanzone will be held every two years in future. The next edition will take place on 25 and 26 September 2024 in Frankfurt am Main.

International Trade Fair for Cleanroom and Cleanliness Technology, Hygiene and Contamination Control

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