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06 October 2017

The show brings together more than 400 companies presenting 2,180 products and 278 new launches

Expoquimia consolidates itself as the platform of real solutions for industrial development

The 18th edition of Expoquimia, the International Chemistry Event organised by Fira de Barcelona, confirmed its benchmark status for the sector not only as a commercial platform but also as a platform of real and applicable solutions for industrial development. Between 2 - 6 October, with a total of 393 direct exhibitors, Halls 2 and 3 of Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via venue congregated a broad sample of all the groups that make up one of the most dynamic sectors of the Spanish economy.
The director of the show, Pilar Navarro, expressed her 'gratitude to all of the exhibiting companies and trade professionals who visited' the event, which was held against a complicated socio-political background. For his part, Antón Valero, president of Expoquimia pointed out that 'the show reasserted the importance of the Spanish chemical industry as an essential sector for economic development'. Expoquimia 2017 occupied a surface are of over 17,500 sq. m in which 2,180 products were presented by 2,221 brands with 278 new products launched at an event which reconfirms it as the second biggest in the European Union. 
In addition to it being an important commercial and promotional showcase for the sector, Expoquimia provided a major platform for disseminating environmental and scientific information about the Spanish chemical industry, made up of 3,100 companies. In this respect, the show hosted the second edition of Smart Chemistry Smart Future, a project by the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry (FEIQUE) in which a total of 22 companies including Air Liquide, BASF, Carburos Metálicos, Cepsa, ChemMed, Covestro, Dow Chemical Ibérica, Ercros, Industrias Químicas del Ebro, Inovyn, Lati Ibérica, Messer Ibérica, Panreac Química, Praxair, Quimicacova, Quimidroga, Repsol, Ricardo Molina and Siemens revealed their latest products and innovations to achieve a more sustainable chemical industry.
Expoquimia also featured a high number of seminars, sessions and conferences, notable among which were the 15th Instrumental Analysis Conference (JAI); the first Open Innovation Forum, supported by the leading Catalan universities; the sixth conference on teaching chemistry in Catalonia and chemistry as applied to cooking with the chef Jordi Cruz, among others. 
At the same time, the World Congress of Chemical Engineering took place, resulting in the Barcelona Declaration which calls on governments and organisations to invest more heavily in education and research, and the World Chemical Summit, whose speakers emphasised the importance of the leading role of chemistry in digital transformation.
Over 35,000 visits were recorded to trade shows and events linked to the chemical, plastics and surface treatment industries, namely Expoquimia, Eurosurfas, Equiplast, the World Chemical Summit and Smart Chemistry, Smart Future. 
Barcelona, 6 October 2017
Eduard Pérez Moya
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