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Digitalisierung und Industrie 4.0 verändern komplette Geschäftsmodelle, heben neue Effizienzpotenziale und stärken die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. In der Prozessindustrie ist traditionell die Mess-, Regel- und Automatisierungstechnik stark, aber die Einführung des „Internet der Dinge“ ist eher zögerlich. Das Symposion erkundete mit Vorträgen und Kreativworkshops , welche speziellen Anforderungen die Prozessindustrie hat, was schon umgesetzt wurde und wo noch Handlungsbedarf besteht. Dazu sollte der gesamte vertikale Asset Life Cycle von der Verfahrensentwicklung über die Produktion bis zum Rückbau sowie der horizontale Supply Chain Life Cycle vom Lieferanten bis zum Kunden in der chemischen Produktion in Bezug auf die Chancen und Risiken der Digitalisierung betrachtet werden.

Impressionen vom Tutzing-Symposion 2018


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Update | April 2018
Dear reader,

Through this BioLinX Update we offer those who are not aware yet, the opportunity to still participate in one of our 4 upcoming events. These events are either hosted by BioLinX, or we partner up in organizing them. Join in now! Through, among other things, these events BioLinX has already contributed to the success of well over 500 unique projects and/or companies. 


10-11 April | Finance Academy | Milan, Italy

The 3rd edition of our succesful ‘Finance Academy & Brokerage’ format. After the Netherlands and Sweden, this event now visits Milan. What to expect:

On April 10th , companies attend our free coaching session on ‘VC-pitching’. Experienced coaches from relevant industry areas  prepare presenters for their participation in the Finance Academy the following day.

April 11th, participants present their business projects and network to the audience of experts in innovation, Business Angels, Venture Capitalists, Corporate and Institutional investors and peers and are reviewed by the Expert Jury. Still a few seats left, but please note: registration for the Finance Academy closes on April 6th!!

11 April | Brokerage Event in connection with Finance Academy | Milan, Italy

Federchimica – the Italian Federation of Chemical Industries  and its relevant sectoral associations host BioLinX’s Brokerage event focusing on promising bioeconomy value chains and innovative initiatives exploiting industrial biotechnologies, bio-sourcing raw materials and/or bio-transforming products. Focus on value chains such as cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products, industrial biotech and foodingredients.

For programme and registration: http://www.biolinx-project.eu/event/circular-bioeconomy-workshop-italy

12 April | Webinar on EU’s LIFE Programme| online

BioLInX’ experts inform you on if and how your biobased and environmental-friendly technology, process or product can benefit from EU’s LIFE funding programme. In recent years, the programme has supported a variety of bio-based projects with a funding of up to 60%.

Thursday 12 April 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 hrs CET

During this webinar you will learn more about
·         the LIFE programme
·         the main criteria
·         eligible activities
·         the preparation of a 10-page concept note for the upcoming deadline on 12 June 2018. 

Registration is free of charge. You can register here: http://online.cme24.de/index.php?id=1076

25-26 April | Online Matchmaking

BioLinX Online Brokerage is an innovation exchange and a matchmaking platform serving SMEs, academia and large companies. If you are looking for new business partners, exciting inventions, new products and services or investments, BioLinX will connect you with right people from the European bio-economy community.

Why should you participate? You will save time and costs, avoid unnecessary business trips, meet  experts from all over Europe and make it quick and easy to pinpoint offers and requests.

Register for participation on biolinx.talkb2b.net/members/register

16 May | Pitching & Networking Event| Bratislava, Slovakia

Wondering what the umbrella term bioeconomy means and how it might be  relevant to you? Interested in how innovative ideas in the agrifood sector can take off, reach scale and receive EU funding? Join us at ther pitching and networking event in Bratislava on the 16th May 2018, and find out more about it with leading technology and funding experts.

During the event, you can pitch your company and expertise to bio-experts and benefit from the networking opportunity. The participant delivering the best pitch (chosen by a jury of bio experts) will receive a free EU grant scan service from BioLinX partner, PNO Consultants.

We look forward to meeting you during one of these four events!


Would you like more details on what we have to offer and to whom in particular we offer it?

Read our brochure or visit our website!

Kind regards on behalf of the BioLinX Consortium,

Dennis van der Pas (coordinator BioLinX)


BioLinX Project provides links to commercialize your innovative idea



BioLinX is a H2020 project, with the goal to support H2020 and FP7 projects in commercializing their innovative ideas and to connect them to new regional networks and markets. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovationprogramme under grant agreement No 65269.                                                                                                         

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Neue Studie stellt die Flexibilitätsoptionen in der Grundstoffindustrie vor

Slider FlexibilitätsoptionenDie Prozesse der Grundstoffindustrie sind verantwortlich für einen Großteil des industriellen Energie- und Strombedarfs in Deutschland. Welche technischen Möglichkeiten bieten sich in diesen Prozessen, um auf Flexibilitätsanforderungen des Stromsystems zu reagieren?

Das vom BMBF geförderte Kopernikus-Projekt SynErgie untersucht die Flexibilität von Industrieprozessen. Aus dem Projekt heraus wurde nun eine umfassende Studie zu den Flexibilitätsoptionen in den Prozessen der Grundstoffindustrie veröffentlicht.

Übergreifende Ergebnisse:

  • Die untersuchten Prozesse können prinzipiell für kurze Zeiträume (15 min) positive Flexibilität und eingeschränkt negative Flexibilität anbieten.
  • Für mittlere und lange Zeiträume (Stunden bis Tage) ist positive Flexibilität nur in wenigen Prozessen möglich, da dies mit einem Produktionsausfall einhergeht.
  • Priorität vor einem Anbieten von Flexibilität hat die Belieferung der Kunden mit den Produkten.
  • Flexibilität und Effizienz verhalten sich gegenläufig, d.h. eine erhöhte Flexibilität senkt die Effizienz des Prozesses.
  • Veränderungen der Betriebsweise führen in der Regel zu Veränderungen der Produktqualität.
  • Die aktuellen Regeln des Stromsystems begünstigen einen kontinuierlich (nicht-flexiblen) Betrieb der Anlagen.

In enger Zusammenarbeit haben die Forschungseinrichtungen der Branchen und die akademischen Partner eine Methodik entwickelt, um konsistent Potenziale, Perspektiven und Hemmnisse der untersuchten industriellen Prozesse bei typischen Anforderungsprofilen zu analysieren.

Die untersuchten Prozesse wurden nach ihrem elektrischen Energiebedarf und der Bedeutung in ihrer jeweiligen Branche ausgewählt:

  • Stahl: Elektrostahlherstellung (Elektrolichtbogenofen)
  • Glas: Behälterglasherstellung (Elektrische Zusatzheizung)
  • Zement: Roh- und Zementmahlung (Roh- und Zementmühlen)
  • Chemie: Chlor-Herstellung (Chlor-Alkali Elektrolyse)
  • Feuerfest: Herstellung von Schmelzkorund (Rohstoffschmelzanlage)

Für diese Prozesse werden die technischen Potenziale und die zukünftigen Perspektiven ausgewiesen und auf Deutschland hochgerechnet. Des Weiteren werden die Hemmnisse, die einer Ausnutzung der Potenziale im Wege stehen für die einzelnen Prozesse dargestellt und im Kontext der Rahmen¬bedingungen der Grundstoffindustrie eingeordnet. Durch die enge Einbindung der branchen¬spezi¬fischen Expertennetzwerke wurden die Ergebnisse innerhalb der Branchen diskutiert und validiert.

Die Studie kann auf den Internetseiten der beteiligten Partner und des SynErgie-Projektes kostenfrei heruntergeladen werden: dechema.de/Flexibilitaetsoptionen

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Follow us to the year 2040…

It’s harvesting time. After delivering the wheat to the silo, the harvesting machine delivers the straw to the plant that has been temporarily placed next to the farm. After biotechnical and chemical processing, the bio-based plastic granulate is filled and ready for shipment; over the next couple of days, it will be sold via regional shops to the consumers who use it as feed for their 3D printers at home and produce their own goods as required.

Meanwhile, at the industrial site close by, the chemical plant has switched from producing ingredients for the sun-tan lotion to synthesizing anti-freeze agents. Decoupling one module and replacing the downstream processing unit has been a matter of hours. The central software has calculated the required formulations and production parameters, and the individual components have already started to fine-tune their settings in bilateral communications.

F3 Factory Container_kleinVision, forecast or mumbo jumbo? As far-fetched as the scenario may seem, the technological foundations are being laid today: Modularisation and automation are not only taking the process industry to new levels of efficiency, but they will fundamentally change the business models of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The key to the future lies in the combination of automation and modularization. Experts envision different ways on how these two developments interact: Herman Bottenberg, Zeton, is convinced that “for true flexible manufacturing for multi purpose products and when applying the modular approach both hardware and automation has to become 100% modular!” Axel Haller, ABB, says: “Modular and system independent automation is possible. The market will decide if this will be the next step into the future”.

At first sight, the performance improvements that are enabled within existing processes seem more evolutionary than revolutionary. Marc Richter, Renishaw points out the quality improvements by new techniques and the speed-up development cycles of pharmaceuticals. And Marin Valek, GE, adds: “Companies use less than 10% of the information available to be better in operations. Winners will use IIoT technology and data science to get the competitive advantage of having high predictable performance.”

The technological progress opens up two different pathways: One leads from today’s batch-based production to continuous flows. This is more than a change in process – it calls for a different conceptual approach. Alessandra Vizza, Corning: “Mindset change is required to understand that continuous flow processes are no more a new system to test but the tool to be used for cost reduction; safety; environmental impact and innovation. An appropriate solution to fine-tune chemical production needs with world behaviour and epoch constraints.”

On the other hand, modular plants offer high flexibility and the opportunity for customized or even personalized products in small volumes. This entails a fundamental change in business models. Says Mario Bott, Fraunhofer IPA: “Monolith organizational approaches in process industries will struggle to manage the challenges of mass personalization.” Yet, the chances of the necessary transformation are often underestimated.  Mark Talford, BRITEST, says that “much has been done to develop practical modular continuous production technologies, but there is still a challenge to convince decision-makers to invest. As well as new business models, we need tools and guidance to help decision-makers overcome their perceived fears.” The adaptation will certainly be worth it. Dirk Kirschneck, Microinnova, summarizes the opportunities a successful transformation offers: “Industry 4.0 delivers the bridge between the production flexibility and knowledge-based process performance. Industry 4.0 will transform the chemical industry and will lead to a new efficiency level in terms of speed, quality and resources. Radical new business models will push the chemical industry to a new performance level.”

And what is your opinion? Give us your view and discuss with the expert’s quotes and many others at the PRAXISforum “Future of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Production”…

PF Future Production 2017

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Whether you missed the event or want to reminisce about the great days at Lake Konstanz, here are some impressions we found on Twitter – click on the link below to see the Storify:

ISCHM 2017 on Storify

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„More than 50% of the companies are not willing to invest in Big Data Applications. These companies will go bankrupt over the next 10 years“. A provoking statement made by Thomas Froese from atlan-tec, a software developing company specializing on process optimization and data mining. And yet, there are many who share his view: Huub Rutten,Sopheon, points in the same direction when he says that „companies that think Big Data Analytics is something for their marketing department, and not relevant to all other functions, will not have a long life anymore.“

The awareness in the process industry is there: According to Accenture’s Digitals Chemicals Survey in 2014, 79% of chemical industry executive expected digital to make the greatest impact over the next five years through improved productivity. On the other hand, only 58% were embracing digital to gain a competitive advantage over industry peers. Taking the expert statements on competitiveness into account, there seems to exist a potentially dangerous gap – big data is introduced, but it might in some cases be too little, too late.

Predictive Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning will transform most industries by supporting better informed and more customized decisions by both, humans and machines, increasing agility and efficiency, lowering costs, enabling better and more customized products and services, forecasting risks and opportunities, and increasing automation. Early adopters will gain significant competitive advantages, while others are likely to be left behind.

Ralf Klinkenberg, RapidMiner

Big Data analytics has become more and more important to the process industries. Sure, the process industry has always collected data to supervise production processes, to identify disturbances, and to ensure product quality, and this will continue.

The application of data analytics will improve efficiency in the chemical industry!

Matthias Hartman, ThyssenKrupp System Engineering

But with the tremendous increase in data storage and processing capacities, new algorithms have become accessible. They open up new market opportunities, enabling process advantages and cost reductions within the production, decreasing time to market and, ultimately, making new customized and individualized products accessible. The application areas in which data analytics can be used profitably are diverse and in process industries nowhere near exhausted.

In the process industry, digital technology provides actionable solutions to challenges and groundbreaking opportunities for innovation.

Matthias Feuerstein, Microsoft

Provided the data is collected, analyzed and used intelligently and efficiently, as Benjamin Klöpper, ABB Research Center, points out:The major challenge for Big Data Analytics in Process Industries are not scalable architectures or clever algorithms, but remains to have the right data in the right quality to address relevant and pressing issues. Today’s information system infrastructure often prevent us often from obtaining this right data in an efficient data.“ Adds Nico Zobel, Fraunhofer IFF: „One of the major challenges will be to generate use cases of the analysis of data from heterogeneous sources.” And the sources in the chemical industry are nearly endless.

Chemical space is big. Very big. Published and unpublished data only cover only an exceedingly small part of possible small molecule space. Machine learning and algorithmic prediction tools can help fill in the explored parts of chemical space. What kinds of data sources and prediction tools will come next?

David Flanagan,  Wiley ChemPlanner

Jens Kamionka, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions, widens the scope by taking security issues into account – a major challenge in times of increasing cyberattacks: „Many companies still fail to address security, infrastructure or data quality issues.” Concepts that allow one the one hand the company-wide or even inter-company integration of data streams along value chains, at the same time preventing data leaks and cyberattacks, are the intensely sought after.

And once these questions are solved – are we looking at a future with fully automized, smart plants that anticipate customers’ wishes before they are even aware of them? No, according to the experts. Human intelligence will always have its place. „Big Data opens up many opportunities in different areas of a chemical company. Besides toolsets and technology, mind-set and communication skills are additional success factors for these novel approaches”, says Sindy Thomas, Clarian. And Drazen Nikolic from Ernst & Young sums it up:““If you do not understand the problem, you are not able to frame the right question. “


Meet these and other experts and discuss what Big Data analytics might mean for your business at the DECHEMA-PRAXISforum “Big Data Analytics in Process Industry”, 1-2 February 2017, Frankfurt. For the full program and registration, click here DECHEMA-PRAXISforum Big Data Analytics in Process Industry

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Achema_Gruenderpreis_positiv_BildschirmZum zweiten Mal sind unternehmungsfreudige Wissenschaftler, zukünftige Gründer und Inhaber von Start-Ups aufgerufen, sich um den ACHEMA-Gründerpreis zu bewerben. Ab sofort können Ideen, Konzepte und Businesspläne aus den Bereichen Chemie, Verfahrenstechnik und Biotechnologie eingereicht werden. Die Finalisten haben die einmalige Chance, sich im Rahmen der ACHEMA 2018 dem internationalen Fachpublikum zu präsentieren. Drei Gesamtsieger erhalten darüber hinaus je ein Preisgeld von 10.000 Euro. 

Alle weiteren Informationen auf www.achema.de/gruenderpreis.

Die chemische Industrie ist Innovationsmotor für zahlreiche andere Branchen. Innovationen in Chemie, Verfahrenstechnik und Biotechnologie können Technologien und Produkte auf breiter Ebene grundlegend verbessern. Doch die Zahl der Firmenneugründungen in diesen Bereichen ist niedrig. Gute Ideen und junge Unternehmer brauchen mehr Unterstützung beim Erschließen neuer Geschäftsfelder; dabei sind der Zugang zu erfahrenen Mentoren und die Möglichkeit, Kontakte zu knüpfen, als mindestens ebenso wichtig anzusehen wie finanzielle Aspekte.

Deshalb schreiben die DECHEMA, die Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain und der High-Tech Gründerfonds zur ACHEMA 2018 zum zweiten Mal den ACHEMA-Gründerpreis aus. Ideengeber und Unternehmensgründer können sich ab sofort darum bewerben. Abweichend von der ersten Vergabe 2015 besteht diesmal keine Einschränkung auf bestimmte Kategorien; zugelassen sind alle Themen, die auch auf der ACHEMA vertreten sind, vom Anlagenbau bis zur industriellen Biotechnologie.

Der Wettbewerb läuft über drei Phasen – bis 31.3.2017 können Ideen, bis 31.7.2017 Konzepte und bis 31.11.2017 Businesspläne vorgelegt werden. Besonders in den frühen Phasen haben die Bewerber von Beginn an die Möglichkeit, mit hochrangigen fachlich versierten Mentoren ihre Konzepte zu diskutieren und auf dieser Basis Unterstützung für die Ausarbeitung ihrer Businesspläne zu bekommen. Die Bewerber sowie nach dem 1.7.2015 gegründete oder in Gründung befindliche junge Start-Ups sollen schon in dieser frühen Phase Zugang zu potenziellen Investoren bekommen, um die Möglichkeiten einer Finanzierung zu besprechen. Unabhängig vom Zeitpunkt des Einstiegs in den Wettbewerb gehen alle Businesspläne, die bis zum 30. November 2017 vorliegen, ins Rennen um die Finalplätze.

Bis zu zehn aussichtsreiche Gründungen bzw. Gründungsideen erhalten die Möglichkeit, sich auf der ACHEMA 2018 im Rahmen eines Gründerpreisstandes sowie einer speziellen Pitchsession vorzustellen und Kontakte zu knüpfen. Drei Gesamtsieger erhalten darüber hinaus ein Preisgeld in Höhe von je 10.000 Euro.

Träger des ACHEMA-Gründerpreises sind die DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V., die DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, die Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain e.V. und der High-Tech Gründerfonds. Unterstützt wird der ACHEMA-Gründerpreis zudem von der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), dem Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI), dem Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) und der Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF) sowie dem Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland, eXist und dem Wettbewerb GO-Bio.

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