opened its doors and almost 15,000 visitors from all over the world came to see this year´s exhibition and conference on filtration and separation solutions. For us, it was the first time that we had the opportunity to present in one place all areas that we address as a non-profit greentech company for
an exhibition booth showcasing our technology and strategy,
a scientific presentation on our technology at the conference,
where Katrin Schuhen also gave a keynote lecture on how microplastic pollution of our environment can be stopped, as well as with another highlight, namely
the Innovation Forum Stop Microplastics Pollution!, which showed how polymers and plastics are becoming an environmental problem as well as ways to detect and remove microplastics.
Impressions from the booth
Together with our cooperation partners abcr GmbH and smo GmbH we presented our microplastic strategy detect | remove | reuse at our booth, a 3D model of one of our plants at center stage. Over the three days, we talked to numerous industry representatives, the press, scientists, project partners and interested visitors. Of course, it was also great to get together as a team again.
Our conclusion: The need for removal technologies for microplastics from water is increasingly recognized. There are multiple reasons for that. This includes preparing for future regulations on microplastics, the search for a circular design of processes or the desire to to act more sustainably - simply because it is necessary.
Impressions from the conference
Dr. Katrin Schuhen gave her keynote lecture entitled "Closing the gaps: How can we stop microplastics pollution" in front of a full hall and an interested audience. Dennis Schober presented our Wasser 3.0 PE-X® removal technology based on organosilanes the next day during one of the sessions.
Our conclusion: A lot of the feedback and questions from the audience show that the handling of microplastics in industrial process and waste water is an area with many question marks. In addition, the focus of the industry is currently - understandably - in the area of climate protection, which has already been dealt with by law, i.e. reduction of CO2. Since there are no limit values for microplastics (yet) and few technologies available so far, action is still to come.
Impressions from the Innovation Forum Stop Microplastics Pollution!
Our idea as curators of this first ever Innovation Forum was to create a space that provides information about microplastics pollution and encourages solution-oriented exchange. Exhibitors and visitors were also invited to share their solutions for the detection and removal of microplastics on a Solutions Wall.
In cooperation with FILTECH and thanks to the support of many helping hands, our idea became reality. While our technology and science where the focus at the exhibition booth and conference, our awareness raising and educational work was the focus of the Innovation Forum.
Our conclusion: We are very happy about the many positive and appreciative feedbacks on the Innovation Forum as microplastics and microplastics pollution are complex issues. The interest in the topic and the format was particularly high among younger people.
Even though some of the exchange and discussions surrounding the Solutions Wall were already very lively and inspiring, we would like to see a lot more of this in the future. It is our great conviction that we must solve the global microplastic challenges much faster and more efficiently - together and in the interests of the common good.