ProcessTeknik makes a long-awaited comeback after a four-year hiatus

After a four-year absence, ProcessTeknik has made its comeback. Given the transformation that the process industry is currently undergoing, the meeting place is more important than ever. Swedish and international companies gathered to collaborate on the common challenges facing the industry over the three days of the fair.

ProcessTeknik is the leading event showcasing process industry’s joint solutions for tomorrow’s industrial infrastructure.

On the stage ProcessTeknik’s participants could take part in an exciting program. For example, Xvii and EIT Manufacturing presented an offer to entrepreneurs in the process industry who want to take the next step in sustainable and circular business development, using expertise and strategic resources from Xvii in combination with a European network, and project support from EiT Manufacturing.

– We presented an opportunity for companies that want to scale up or find their business potential within sustainability both in and outside of Sweden. Together, we and EIT Manufacturing can offer advice and resources to succeed with business experiments or expansion, says Karin Nyberg, CEO, expert on sustainable business development, Xvii.

– The manufacturing industry faces common challenges, such as sustainability and digitization. Via EIT Manufacturing’s large network, we can match manufacturing companies with innovative solutions from all over Europe. We can promote funding, support innovation capacity and offer new opportunities to expand, says Abir Hossain, Business Creation Manager, EIT Manufacturing.

Axflow was among the exhibitors at ProcessTeknik.

“The fair has far exceeded our expectations. We had a lot of visitors and good people who stopped by. Right now, we’re talking a lot about energy savings in industry. The fact that we are able to meet in person again after the Covid years is having the best possible impact. The digital society is important, but people still do business with people, that’s just the way it is,” said Niklas Holmstedt, CEO of AxFlow.

Fagerberg also took part in ProcessTeknik as an exhibitor.

“It feels great to meet again after four years. The fair is industry’s obvious meeting place. As an industry, we are facing major challenges right now with regard to skills shortages. The supply of people with the right competences, and the green transition, are industry’s hottest topics, which is why meeting places like this are so important,” said Niclas Johansson, sales manager at Fagerberg.

Swedish Technology Prize

Two other events, Scanautomatic and Nordic Food Industry, also took place in parallel with ProcessTeknik. The Swedish Technology Prize was awarded during the last two days of the event. This year it included nominees from all three fairs! The prize, which recognises innovation in industry, is divided into two parts – one awarded by the jury, and one awarded by visitors to the fairs.

Schneider Electric wins the Swedish Technology Prize jury award

Schneider Electric was named the 2022 winner of the Swedish Technology Prize jury award for its digital platform EcoStruxure.

“This win is very exciting for us, partly to draw attention to this new technology, but also because it provides proof that Schneider Electric is at the forefront of software platforms. Openness is an important quality, and we see the need for the whole of industry to start working more like this. That’s why this is great,” said Daniel Ljungqvist, Sales Manager at Schneider Electric.

Novotek winner of the visitors’ prize

Novotek won the 2022 Swedish Technology Prize Visitors’ Award. Visitors nominated the company for its Intelligence Hub software solution.

“Novotek stands for new technology and the award shows that we are doing the right things, that we have succeeded in bringing new technology to industry. It takes innovation to be part of the future and this award is proof that we are doing it,” said Thomas Lundqvist, Sales Manager at Novotek.

Heidenhain and Atlas Copco Compressor were also awarded honourable mentions by the jury for their innovative solutions.

ITF Automation Prize

Yrgo was named as winner of the ITF Automation Prize 2022. The ITF awards an annual automation prize to recognise individuals and entities who can serve as role models and sources of inspiration for others working in the field and who contribute to strengthening the international competitiveness of Swedish-based industry.

ITF’s motives

As one of Sweden’s widest range of polytechnic courses, Yrgo trains around 2,000 people per year. Students are admitted on “learning at work” (lärande i arbete – LIA) through partnerships with companies and organisations that participate in the programme’s management team. Through periods of LIA, Yrgo creates opportunities for students to enter professional life more easily after their studies. Yrgo contributes expertise to industry, with great commitment.

“We are very surprised, but this award means a lot to us. At Yrgo we have enjoyed a close and high-quality cooperation with companies that appreciate our work. We are proud and happy to win the ITF Automation Award,” said Riaz Abrahem, automation teacher at Yrgo.

Automation Student

The Automation Student competition highlights innovative and well-executed degree projects in the field of automation. The award has been presented since 2010 by Automation Region, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and the industry association Svensk Automation. This year’s prize went to Sofie Nilsson and Anna Bengtsson from the Mechanical Engineering programme at Lund University of Technology. In their thesis, they investigated how wireless control can be improved by modifying the control algorithm and basing the communication of control and measurement signals on events instead of fixed time intervals.

“It feels great to win this award and it’s a great way to finish our studies. So in that way it’s fantastic. To get an award for doing a good and relevant job for industry means a lot. We hope that our work can be of use to industry and that people will be willing to invest in this area,” Sofie Nilsson said.

Facts about Scanautomatic, ProcessTeknik and Nordic Food Industry

Participation and involvement in the fairs was both high and highly gratifying. Participants could take part in 110 exciting and educational programme items presented on three stages, and they could visit 276 unique exhibitors on the exhibition floor. A total of 12,060 people attended this year’s Scanautomatic, ProcessTeknik and Nordic Food Industry.