Growth in the necessity for processing and packaging in clean environments has driven the launch of what will be the first truly international Cleanroom and Contamination Control Exhibition and Conference, CTEC, will be held in Brussels, Belgium from 12-14 October 2004.

Organized by Polygon Media, the publishers of Europe's only pan-European contamination and control journal, Cleanroom Technology, CTEC will for the first time bring together senior executives who will debate the future of the industry in a high-level conference and who will be able to see, firsthand, new and existing products being showcased by the industries leading manufacturers and suppliers in a comprehensive exhibition.

The need for this event has been prompted by the increase in requirements for clean and aseptic processing and packaging which are rapidly spreading beyond the traditional markets of pharmaceuticals and electronics and becoming progressively more important in sectors such as the food and automotive industries. Within the cleanroom sector itself, ongoing innovation and advances in technology add to this dynamism.

Event manager, Steve Connolly, said: "Increasing regulatory and legislative pressures mean ever higher standards must be attained. The hygiene conditions which must now be maintained in food production, for example, are much more stringent than they were in the past - what the pharma sector must adhere to today, other sectors will face tomorrow.

"Both the CTEC Exhibition and Conference will focus on the important issues for all levels of clean production and packaging, whether you are in food and beverages or cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Even those with currently low 'clean' requirements will benefit from the experience as it is inevitable that the pressure on them to improve standards will increase."

The exhibition will showcase the latest in design and construction, garments and consumables, equipment, and services while the conference will dedicate sessions to regulatory affairs, design, containment, aseptic processing and packaging, and business solutions.

For information regarding exhibiting and attending the conference visit: www.ctec-show.com or contact: Steve Connolly at Polygon Media T: +44 (0)1732 470062; F: +44 (0)1732 470070; or email: Steve Connolly.