PHARMA IN NÜRNBERG: Efficiency Meets Excellence

TechnoPharm and POWTECH 2014: innovative technologies for the entire pharmaceutical production chain

Every 18 months thousands of process engineers from the pharmaceutical industry come to Nürnberg to update on the latest technology trends in production, filling, validation, packaging or anti-counterfeiting. TechnoPharm, which takes place in Nürnberg from 30 September to 2 October 2014 with some 250 exhibitors from more than 15 countries, has long been established as Europe’s leading innovation forum for the manufacture of solid and liquid drugs and the related research. More pharmaceutical products are presented at POWTECH, the World-Leading Trade Fair for Processing, Analysis and Handling of Powder and Bulk Solids, which is held in parallel: over half of the more than 700 POWTECH exhibitors show solutions relevant to pharmaceuticals.

“Holding TechnoPharm and POWTECH at the same time is real added value, especially for visitors from the pharmaceutical sector,” says Willy Viethen, Director Exhibitions of both trade fairs at NürnbergMesse. “One in two of the altogether almost 1,000 exhibitors in Nürnberg offers products relevant to pharmaceuticals. In the six halls they show everything needed for the efficient and GMP-compliant manufacture of solid, semi-solid and liquid drugs.”

TechnoPharm and POWTECH attracting attention

The great importance of the trade fairs for the pharmaceutical industry in Europe and the world is also shown by the international involvement at the events. Every fourth exhibitor at TechnoPharm comes from abroad and as many as every third exhibitor at POWTECH. The leading exhibiting nations at TechnoPharm are Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria and the Netherlands.

The exhibitors in Nürnberg show the latest plant and equipment for the manufacture of solid, semi-solid and liquid drugs, sterile plants, peripherals for sterile process technology, analytical and control systems, technologies for packaging and filling, and cleaning and hygiene products. The trade fair focuses on cleanroom technology for the third time at the “Focus Cleanroom” Forum.


Innovative solutions for a radically changing industry

The pressure of cost in the pharmaceutical industry is greater than ever. Productivity standards in comparison with other industries and operational excellence are advancing. Questions on online analysis and automated process optimization are permanent issues. The demand for single-use components is growing at the same time; not only hoses and valves are offered for single use, but even whole pumps too. Another challenge for the pharmaceutical industry is mandatory marking with effect from 2017.

The broad spectrum of burning questions demands the most innovative and efficient technological answers possible. These are provided by the exhibitors at TechnoPharm and POWTECH 2014 in Nürnberg. Only in Nürnberg are the themes of sterile technology and powder and granule technology integrated so perfectly. One in two of the over 700 POWTECH exhibitors shows process solutions adapted to the high hygiene requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. Mills, mixers, screening machines, agglomerating and granulating processes, driers and the entire handling process from pneumatic conveying and dosing to containment: all these plants, apparatus and components shown at POWTECH are also available in sterile versions.

Highlights of supporting programme

The product spectrum is supplemented by a top-class supporting programme co-organized by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik (APV – International Association for Pharmaceutical

Technology), the honorary sponsor of the event. In over 60 presentations, well-known knowledge experts from the industry provide information on the technological status quo – from sterile processes to packaging.

Selected presentations at the TechnoPharm Forum

– Tue, 30.9.2014, 10:00

Presentation series “Serialization obligation for pharmaceutical manufacturers”

From 2017 pharmaceutical manufacturers must provide a unique identifier and a tamper-evident seal on outer packages of prescription-only medicines. These presentations by Hüthig Verlag give operators the information needed for effectively implementing the directive.

– Tue, 30.9.2014, 13:30

Presentation series “Packaging innovations for pharmaceuticals”

The Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut (German Packaging Institute) brings well-known experts to Nürnberg, because product safety, anti-counterfeiting and process safety are issues that make packaging manufacturers important partners for the pharmaceutical producers.

– Wed, 1.10.2014, 13:30

ODFs – an upcoming dosage form

Prof. Jörg Breitkreutz, Director Institute of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at Düsseldorf University and APV President

– Wed, 1.10.2014, 14:30

Glass-forming polymers and hot melt extrusion – A partnership to enhance bioavailability

Andreas Gryczke, BASF SE

Selected presentations at the “Focus Cleanroom” Forum

– Tue, 30.9.2014, 13:30

Comparison and decision analysis of RABS and isolators

Christian Gavranovic, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma & Co. KG

– Wed, 1.10.2014, 12:00

Official requirements for cleanrooms for sterile production

Dr. Rainer Gnibl, Government of Upper Franconia

– Thu, 2.10.2014, 11:00

Sterilization and disinfection in the life science sector

Prof. Dr. Gerd Kutz, Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences

Selected events at the POWTECH Forum

– Tue, 30.9.2014, 13:00

Presentation series “Handling high-quality solids”

Sensitive bulk solids requiring careful handling and transport from A to B without segregation are quite often used in the pharmaceutical industry. The forum organized by Konradin Verlag provides an extensive overview of the technologies currently available.

– Wed, 1.10.2014, 13:30

Special forum “Explosion Protection”

Presentations, panel discussion and a guided tour on the subject of efficient fire and explosion protection. Also worth seeing are the live explosions in the exhibition centre park.


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All exhibitors and their current product information can be found at: