Welcome Speech of Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Welcome to the ECP Summer Summit / European Chemistry Partnering on September 25th, 2018 in Düsseldorf

This is the translation of the German Grußwort of Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart. This is no authorized translation of the Ministery. The stilpulition of this text was only the  German Text

(Dies ist die englische Übersetzung des deutschen Grußwortes von Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart. Dies ist keine autorisierte Übersetzung des Ministeriums. Die Maßgabe is allein der deutsche Text.)

The chemical industry is a pillar of prosperity and employment. This is especially true for North Rhine-Westphalia as one of the world’s leading regions for chemical R&D and production. With its rich tradition of development, diverse market participants and strong networking in the chemical industry, the Rhine and Ruhr area is of particular importance to the industry. That is why I was delighted to be asked to become the Patron of the ECP Summer Summit in Düsseldorf, where not only the chemical industry but also its many user industries such as health, mobility and energy can be found.


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It is important that the chemical industry’s creative minds and decision-makers meet regularly and work together to think up innovative products and services and then bring them to market. Let me remind you of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Their aim is to help shape global economic progress in line with social justice and increasingly limited availability of resources. The Initiative Chemie³ – the sustainability initiative launched by the chemical industry here in Germany – makes an important contribution to this. Economic, social and ecological progress cannot be achieved by working against each other, but only with each other.

The ECP Summer Summit brings together large companies, SMEs, investors, service providers and above all young start-ups from the chemical industry and many other disciplines working on sustainable, often digital solutions. I particularly like the networking aspect, because we need the fresh ideas of young entrepreneurs who think outside of existing processes and structures. However, these young teams often do not yet have contacts to important market participants. This is precisely where European Chemistry Partnering comes in acts as a facilitator to help them get in touch with the best in the industry.

With this in mind, I am very pleased that the EPC Summer Summit has been brought here to North Rhine-Westphalia where all this energy comes together. I wish all participants a successful day with lots of exciting exchanges. Show the world just how much creativity and innovation can be found in our state!


Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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