07.09.2018Minister Andreas Pinkwart is the Patron of the ECP Summer Summit
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, has assumed patronage of the first ECP Summer Summit. The summer version of the European Chemistry Partnering will take place on September 25, 2018 at the consumer and industrial goods company Henkel in its capacity as the main sponsor of the event.

“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” said Minister Andreas Pinkwart in his welcome address. “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”.

The ECP Summer Summit is the summer version of the European Chemistry Partnering, which takes place every February in Frankfurt: Short presentations, so-called pitches, and partnering, i.e. the exchange of innovation along the chemical value chain, are the focus of the event. The ECP pursues two goals: On this day, participants have the opportunity to meet with many interested parties and investors in order to lay the foundation for further discussions. At the same time, participants come from very different sub-sectors of the chemical industry, thus enabling them to broaden their horizons beyond day-to-day business.

Dr. Holger Bengs, initiator of the European Chemistry Partnering and the ECP Summer Summit, is delighted: "It is a great honor for us to have won Professor Pinkwart as Patron in his function as Economics Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). In particular, NRW which is an outstanding chemical location, is predestined to host an international innovation meeting such as the European Chemistry Partnering. The Minister summed it up very well: Interdisciplinary exchange is crucial if even more innovation is to be developed from existing products and existing technology over a short period of time. Discussions, which are the core of the ECP - the leading speed dating event for the chemical industry and its many user industries,
serve this end.

The European Chemistry Partnering and the ECP Summer Summit are aimed at decision-makers from industry and investors. Representatives of large corporations, medium-sized companies as well as young growth companies and Start-ups all use the ECP format to engage in intensive exchange and generate new business contacts.