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Interview with Roy Fox

Cleanzone Award 2020: Honouring intellectual and creative achievement.

The Cleanzone Award is a permanent part of Cleanzone, the international trade fair for contamination control and cleanroom technology that is taking place on 18 and 19 November in Frankfurt am Main. Messe Frankfurt has been presenting this award, which honours and spotlights outstanding new innovations in the industry, with Wiley-Verlag since 2019.

To me, the Cleanzone Award is not only a special honour given to outstanding intellectual and creative achievements, but also a mark of recognition from the trade audience and the industry.

Dr. Roy Fox

What does the award mean to you?

Dr. Roy Fox: “To me, the Cleanzone Award is not only a special honour given to outstanding intellectual and creative achievements, but also a mark of recognition from the trade audience and the industry.

“It is important that Wiley and the ReinRaumTechnik trade journal support the industry that we serve and help to drive it forward, and we believe that the prize money and our reporting offer us a good way to give something back to the industry.”

You have been part of the Cleanzone Award’s panel of judges since the very beginning – what do you like most about this role?

Dr. Roy Fox: “I particularly enjoy the creative new ideas – these are a fascinating part of my work on the panel and as part of the editorial staff. You get to know lots of interesting people, keep your finger on the pulse of the times, stay abreast of scientific progress and confront the latest ideas. These things are news, and this news gets published in our new issues. Last year's winner and their concept immediately come to mind: a magnetic wall mount created by the Friedrich Sailer company. This idea was simple, effective and ingenious – so practical that it seems obvious in retrospect. That’s the way it is with innovations – you can’t force them. When the moment comes, however, there they are, ready to help solve problems.”

Do you think that innovations will become even more important to the industry as a result of the coronavirus crisis?

Dr. Roy Fox: “Innovations are always important, as they provide solutions and drive progress. The sudden coronavirus crisis brought with it a host of new problems. Face masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene and disinfection are but a few of the terms made familiar by the crisis that are already everyday facts of life for our industry. Dr. Dittel, Chairman of the Board of the German Cleanroom Institute (DRRI), provides an excellent overview of the industry’s creativity, adaptability and innovative prowess in dealing with current difficulties in ‘Hygiene technology versus coronavirus’, a specialist article he contributed to the current issue (03/2020) of ReinRaumTechnik.

“When the coronavirus crisis began, I did not think that the pandemic would have an effect on the innovative prowess or proficiency of our industry, but after a great deal of thought, I have to admit it: ‘And yet it moves!’ (Galileo Galilei, scientist, inventor, innovator). The pandemic has changed the way in which many things are seen, and this makes it easier to bring problems and difficulties to light. We are now confronting these things and creating new and better solutions for the future. As a result, I am very much looking forward to seeing what this year’s submissions have to offer.”

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