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Mission accomplished: Cleanzone 2018 draws more international visitors to Frankfurt

24 Oct 2018

With over 38 percent of its visitors coming from outside Germany, Cleanzone demonstrated once again this year that it is Europe’s platform for cleanroom technology (2017: 35 percent). The number of participants also increased compared to the previous event, with nearly 1,300 cleanroom technology experts from 39 countries discussing the latest innovations and trends over two days in Frankfurt.* The trade fair for cleanroom technology had even more on offer this year with over 30 percent more exhibition space than in 2017.

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Cleanzone increased the international share of visitors to more than 38 percent this year. For the first time, potential customers who travelled to the trade fair in Frankfurt am Main included visitors from countries such as Korea, Japan and Indonesia. The number of visitors from Great Britain and Turkey increased markedly. A total of 78 companies from ten countries presented their innovations and trends in over 30 percent more exhibition space in Hall 5.1 at Messe Frankfurt. Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, Senior Vice President of Messe Frankfurt: “With its large international component, Cleanzone 2018 is the most important trade fair for cleanroom technology in Europe. We are delighted by the positive feedback from our exhibitors regarding our efforts to advertise this event internationally.”

Visitors included representatives from Infineon, Continental Automotive, Bosch, Bayer, Carl Zeiss, Fresenius Kabi, BASF, Sanofi Aventis, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Mainz University Hospital and the Max Planck Institute. The trade fair’s expanded range was a hit, with 84 percent of all visitors (2017: 83 percent) and 88 percent of German trade visitors (2017: 82 percent) expressing satisfaction with what was on offer. Furthermore, 71 percent of all visitors (2017: 67 percent) and 81 percent of German participants (2017: 80 percent) agreed that the mood in the industry is positive.

Cleanzone is the industry’s forum for innovation, and the trade fair was once again focused on new products and services that offer digital and flexible solutions for the cleanrooms of tomorrow. There was a particular focus on process simulations conducted in advance, training using virtual reality, methods for automatic and robot-controlled disinfection, various aspects of data and counterfeit protection, and flexible cleanroom modules that can be set up quickly.

The Cleanroom Award, which was presented for the seventh time this year, went to KEK, stainless steel specialists in Saxony, for their convenient and easy-to-fold table for temporary use.

Frank Duvernell, Managing Director of ReinraumAkademie (Leipzig) and partner of Cleanzone: “Be it digitalisation, virtual reality or new business models, Cleanzone 2018 succeeded in illuminating the themes that are important to the industry's future. New ideas were also supplied by the high-quality supporting programme and the speakers’ visions for the future.”

Cleanroom solutions for state-of-the-art biopharmaceuticals, utilisation of the building information modelling (BIM) method for planning industry production facilities, new disinfection processes and the requirements for hospital pharmacies were some of the highlights at the Cleanzone Conference. At the Cleanzone Plaza event stage, experts discussed cleanroom technology 5.0, the Russian pharmaceutical market, and data and counterfeit protection, while the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI), Austrian Cleanroom Society (ÖRRG) and a group of companies associated with presented their products and services at a large joint stand.

Besides Germany, the most important visitor countries included the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Great Britain, the Russian Federation, China, France and Denmark. Cleanzone's trade visitors came from every industry where production is carried out under cleanroom conditions, including the automotive, semiconductor, aerospace, laser, optics, surface technology, food and pharmaceuticals industries, hospitals and pharmacies.

*2017: 1,200 participants from 40 countries

The next Cleanzone will be held on 19 and 20 November 2019. Cleanzone Middle East ( is taking place on 12 and 13 November 2018.

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