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Cleanzone strategy commission: Overcoming the pandemic with innovation and know-how

24 febbraio 2021

When they met in early February 2021, the experts on the Cleanzone strategy
commission looked ahead to a promising future – order books are particularly full
in life sciences industries on account of the coronavirus pandemic. For the
upcoming Cleanzone on 24 and 25 November 2021 in Frankfurt am Main, the
commission is focusing on robotics, energy efficiency and solutions for the fight
against viruses and micro-organisms that can be used in everyday life. 

Following the success of Cleanzone Digital Edition 2020, the prospects are good for
personal encounters in autumn 2021. Kerstin Horaczek, Group Show Director for
Technology at Messe Frankfurt: “Optimism in the field, which is driven by investment in
high-tech industries such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, battery and semiconductor
manufacturing, shows us how necessary cleanroom technology is – and highlights the
importance of a trade fair that serves as a catalyst for business and knowledge transfer.
Ten years after its establishment, Cleanzone remains the international and
interdisciplinary meeting place for contamination control and cleanroom technology.”

Robotics: achieving a clean future quickly and safely
The experts on the strategy commission are in agreement: the robotics and artificial
intelligence megatrends are having a major impact in the life sciences industries in
particular. The examples are numerous: Bayer, for instance, is building a robot-controlled
packaging plant in Berlin. Automated PCR tests deliver faster results – a major step
towards combating the coronavirus pandemic. And the future of medicine lies in personal
therapies for patients: automation is the only way to manage the wealth of data being
collected in the lab. Thorsten Schmitt, Vertical Account Manager Life Science & Critical
Environment Technology Smart Infrastructure at Siemens: “Be it digital twins or Building
Information Modelling (BIM), digital experience and simulation are without a doubt
amongst the most important trends in the industry for increasing quality and safety while
reducing the time to market.”

Living in the pandemic: everyday solutions offered by cleanroom technology
One of the things the coronavirus pandemic has done is show us the importance of
controlling contamination – not only in industry, but also in everyday life. The practical
solutions that cleanroom technology offers for doctors’ surgeries, supermarkets and public
buildings, for example, were already the major theme of Cleanzone Digital Edition. Now
manufacturers will be using Cleanzone 2021 to showcase their latest products and
innovations that can not only help to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but also help stop
the spread of other pathogens and prevent new pandemics. Josef Ortner, Managing
Director, Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH: “We want to more thoroughly network our
interdisciplinary expertise in order to raise public awareness – so that we can serve as
skilled professionals in the fight against the pandemic.”

Combating climate change: energy efficiency in cleanrooms
Operating clean production environments is extremely energy-intensive. A large
proportion of this power consumption is accounted for by the ventilation and airconditioning
systems that are necessary to keep particle concentrations to a minimum. As
a result, energy efficiency is important for costs, as well as for the environment. Karl Goll,
Managing Director, ASYS Prozess- und Reinraumtechnik GmbH, demonstrates possible
solutions while addressing another key theme of Cleanzone 2021: “That is why we
observe a key maxim whenever we design a cleanroom: ‘As big as necessary – as small
as possible’. In fact, it is frequently the case that enclosing a single machine is sufficient to
create the mini-environment or sterile zone necessary.”

Cleanzone’s strategy commission advises Messe Frankfurt on general issues of strategy for
the field of cleanrooms and helps determine of the areas of focus for the event. Members of
the strategy commission:

  • Dr. Jürgen Blattner, BSR Ingenieur-Büro
  • Dr. Roy Fox, Wiley-VCH
  • Karl Goll, ASYS Prozess- und Reinraumtechnik GmbH
  • Dr. Udo Gommel, Fraunhofer IPA
  • Karoline Matzi, IAB Reinraum-Produkte GmbH
  • Andreas Maul, Viessmann Technologies
  • Josef Ortner, Ortner Reinraumtechnik
  • Ulrich Rothgerber, Consultant, Cleanzone
  • Thorsten Schmitt, Siemens
  • Markus Thamm,


Registration will be open to interested companies from the end of February 2021. The
international trade fair for contamination control and cleanroom technology is taking place
on 24 and 25 November 2021 in Hall 1.2 on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds.

More information on Cleanzone can be found at: 

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