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ChemBio event highlights Nordic chemical industry, innovation


Pasila, Finland – One of the highlights for the chemical sector in the Nordic Region so far this year was ChemBio Finland, held last week at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre in Pasila, Finland.

The organizers reported that 66 companies and organizations took space at the 2015 exhibition. They were from the host country, Finland, plus international representatives from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, India, China, Turkey and Australia.

The exhibitors included Netzsch Instruments NA LLC; Bruker Optics Scandinavia AB; Skalar Inc; Bio-Rad Laboratories; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Carl Zeiss Meditec AG; PerkinElmer; Anton Paar Poland; Fennolab; LaboTest Ltd; Labo Line Oy; Malvern Instruments Nordic AB; PANalytical; and Hamilton Robotics. Several of the exhibitors showcased new products and services.

Held biannually, ChemBio is seen as a key meeting place for chemistry and biotech professionals. When last held in 2013 the ChemBio exhibition attracted over 4,000 visitors.

Initial data from the event organizers indicated that 2015 registrations included equipment specialists, service providers and manufacturers; engineers; representatives from R&D organizations and other government bodies; consultants; plus academic staff and students.

Further information about the ChemBio exhibition can still be found at http://www.messukeskus.com/Sites3/ChemBio/en/Pages/default.aspx

The exhibitors at ChemBio interacted with the attendees at the Chemical Congress and Chemical Days 2015, which was held concurrently at the same venue. This event included a wide range of free lectures and scientific demonstrations about chemistry – plus solar and bioenergy; food science; and environmental topics.

A number of industry awards were presented at the congress. Hannu Vornamo, secretary general of the Helsinki Chemical Forum (HCF), received the 2015 Chemical Societies Award in recognition of his longstanding contributions to the Finnish chemical industry. The €5,000 BioFinland Award – which salutes Finnish innovation that has international potential – was won by contract biopharmaceuticals manufacturer Biovian Ltd.

Chemical industry specialists may also be interested in attending the 7th Helsinki Chemical Forum. This will be held at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre on May 28-29, following the European Chemical Agency’s Stakeholders’ Day on May 27. Full programme information can be found at www.helsinkicf.eu

Reported by Andrew W. Cox, Energy Intelligence & Marketing Research, andrew.coxuk@gmail.com