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10th Anniversary

On the occa­sion of the 10th anniver­sary of the Fach­welt Ver­lag, our edi­tor-in-chief Con­stanze Schmitz sat down with the founder and pub­lish­er Ali­ja Pale­vic to dis­cuss the past, present, and future.

The Tin Wedding Anniversary …

That’s what peo­ple com­mon­ly call the 10th wed­ding anniver­sary – a fit­ting descrip­tion for an anniver­sary that brings both mature beau­ty and a few thorns. For Fach­welt Ver­lag, 2023 is indeed a spe­cial year as we cel­e­brate our 10th anniver­sary. The past decade has brought us many suc­cess­es as well as chal­lenges. Today, our pub­lish­ing house offers you a bou­quet of dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions, com­ple­ment­ed by our up-to-date web­sites and indus­try-spe­cif­ic newsletters.

We share this mile­stone with you, our read­ers, and long-time cus­tomers, many of whom gra­cious­ly con­grat­u­lat­ed us on this spe­cial occa­sion. To com­mem­o­rate this moment, our pub­lish­er Ali­ja Pale­vic and I, as edi­tor-in-chief, sat down to reflect on the ear­ly years, the present, and the future of Fach­welt Ver­lag. We dis­cussed our achieve­ments, changes, chal­lenges, and prospects, and we hope you will enjoy the inter­view as much as we did.

The entire team at Fach­welt Ver­lag extends heart­felt thanks to you, our read­ers and cus­tomers, for the past 10 years, and we look for­ward to an excit­ing and suc­cess­ful future together!

How did you come up with the idea to start your own publishing house back then?

Even dur­ing my school years, I had a strong desire to start my own com­pa­ny, with­out a spe­cif­ic indus­try in mind. The oppor­tu­ni­ty to bring my own ideas to life always intrigued me. The core idea of start­ing my own pub­lish­ing house devel­oped over the course of my pro­fes­sion­al life. I quick­ly real­ized that cre­ative and mean­ing­ful sug­ges­tions in estab­lished com­pa­nies often went through a lengthy process or were nev­er imple­ment­ed at all. I was dis­ap­point­ed by this and con­clud­ed that the best way to bring about changes was to take mat­ters into my own hands. My wife always gave me the courage, strength, and unwa­ver­ing sup­port through­out this jour­ney. She played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the suc­cess of the pub­lish­ing house.

What motivated you to specialize in the field of process and procedural technology?

In my opin­ion, CHEMISTRY, PHARMACEUTICALS, and FOOD are key indus­tries in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. The ulti­mate goal was to pro­vide users, and thus our read­er­ship, with infor­ma­tion that sim­pli­fies their lives. We brought these three indus­tries togeth­er under the slo­gan “The entire world of process indus­try.” This com­bi­na­tion still offers our read­ers a broad insight into busi­ness process­es, even beyond their own indus­try. Users have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about suc­cess­ful solu­tions in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­try, for exam­ple, and adapt them to their own indus­try and com­pa­ny. This ben­e­fits every­one, elim­i­nat­ing the need to go through mul­ti­ple indus­try titles for infor­ma­tion and development.

On the oth­er hand, our adver­tis­ing cus­tomers ben­e­fit from a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form to mar­ket their prod­ucts simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in three eco­nom­i­cal­ly inter­est­ing sec­tors. By plac­ing an adver­tise­ment, our cus­tomers reach key deci­sion-mak­ers respon­si­ble for procur­ing equip­ment and com­po­nents. The fusion of the CHEMISTRY, PHARMACEUTICAL, and FOOD indus­tries has been and con­tin­ues to be the for­mu­la for suc­cess in our PROCESS TECHNOLOGY. Man­u­fac­tur­ers and users ben­e­fit from the unique media con­cept that we con­tin­u­al­ly develop.

One of our top goals is to inform our read­er­ship selec­tive­ly. That’s why we don’t just pub­lish a mag­a­zine every month but focus on trade fairs. This aligns with the inter­ests of our read­ers and cus­tomers. Trade fairs remain an impor­tant and use­ful point of con­tact for man­u­fac­tur­ers and users and will con­tin­ue to be so for the next ten years. We have already account­ed for this trend since the found­ing of our pub­lish­ing house. That’s why the dig­i­tal aspect has played a cru­cial role for us from the very beginning.

10 years of fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cles, excit­ing top­ics, always on the cut­ting edge – what an achieve­ment! We warm­ly con­grat­u­late you on your anniver­sary and look for­ward to many more years of part­ner­ship with a bold and for­ward-think­ing publisher.

Frank Altmann
Diploma in Business Administration (BA)

Oh, has it been ten years already? We can still vivid­ly remem­ber when Ali­ja Pale­vic first told us about his plans to estab­lish the Fach­welt Ver­lag. As a provider of label­ing solu­tions, it was imme­di­ate­ly clear to us that we want­ed to have a pres­ence in media such as process tech­nol­o­gy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tech­nol­o­gy, and the indus­tri­al world. This was espe­cial­ly true because Mr. Pale­vic has always giv­en great impor­tance to the dig­i­tal pres­ence of his pub­li­ca­tions from the very begin­ning. And what a jour­ney the pub­lish­ing house has had over the last ten years! The port­fo­lio has expand­ed with more and more media offer­ings. We are con­fi­dent that the tra­jec­to­ry of suc­cess will con­tin­ue to rise. And Bluhm Sys­teme will undoubt­ed­ly be a part of it. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your ten-year anniversary!

Stefan Leske
Marketing Manager
Bluhm Systeme

Many of our cus­tomers gath­er infor­ma­tion through the var­i­ous chan­nels of the Fach­welt Ver­lag. Through these plat­forms, we also reach the indus­tries and tar­get audi­ences inter­est­ed in cost-sav­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and the opti­miza­tion poten­tial of our smart label­ing solu­tions. We wish the Fachver­lag con­tin­ued suc­cess in main­tain­ing such a keen sense for top­ics and trends.

Andreas Koch
Sales Director
Bluhm Systeme

10 years of PROZESS TECHNIK – con­grat­u­la­tions and best wish­es for the future! We thank you for the excel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion over the past years.

Bürkert Fluid Control Systems

With our vac­u­um solu­tions, we ensure reli­able process­es. Our cus­tomers effi­cient­ly stay informed about inno­va­tions in PROZESSTECHNIK. The col­lab­o­ra­tion behind the scenes runs just as smooth­ly. The out­put is extreme­ly pleas­ing: Over 70 suc­cess­ful pub­li­ca­tions in recent years!

We con­grat­u­late you warm­ly on your 10th anniver­sary and look for­ward to many excit­ing process top­ics in the future …

Busch Vacuum Solutions

As a reli­able and esteemed media part­ner, PROZESSTECHNIK has been a sol­id pres­ence among indus­try pub­li­ca­tions for a decade now.

With your choice of top­ics and your diverse con­tent, you sup­port us in our mis­sion to active­ly shape the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion of the process indus­try with for­ward-think­ing solu­tions for our cus­tomers. You pro­vide us with a com­pe­tent plat­form for indus­try exper­tise, best prac­tices, and mean­ing­ful tech­ni­cal reporting.

In a time of boom­ing online media land­scapes, you have coura­geous­ly tack­led the chal­lenges of dig­i­ti­za­tion and the grow­ing media competition.

We wish the pub­lish­er, the edi­to­r­i­al team, and all your read­ers many more suc­cess­ful decades with PROZESSTECHNIK and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our good collaboration!


Har­ter con­grat­u­lates PROZESTECHNIK on ten suc­cess­ful years. On this occa­sion, we also want to say thank you for many years of pleas­ant and part­ner­ship-based col­lab­o­ra­tion. We look for­ward to the next ten years of work­ing together.

Volker Hammernick
Harter GmbH

How has the business changed over the past ten years?

An impor­tant step was expand­ing our port­fo­lio into phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal tech­nol­o­gy and water & waste­water tech­nol­o­gy. We were alert­ed to the need for more detailed infor­ma­tion in these areas by our read­ers and cus­tomers. They reg­u­lar­ly told us that they need­ed more in-depth infor­ma­tion. So, the deci­sion to expand our media port­fo­lio accord­ing­ly was quick­ly made, and it has proven successful.

Dig­i­ti­za­tion is the mag­ic word of our time and my absolute favorite top­ic of the past five years. Dig­i­ti­za­tion requires a lot of know-how in all areas of our lives. Going dig­i­tal does­n’t just mean putting every­thing online but fun­da­men­tal­ly sim­pli­fy­ing every­day life and the tra­di­tion­al approach. Our cus­tomers have been telling us about their recog­ni­tion of the ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal pos­si­bil­i­ties since the found­ing of the pub­lish­ing house and their increas­ing desire to use them.

Orig­i­nal­ly, our pub­lish­ing house entered the media world with inno­v­a­tive print prod­ucts. How­ev­er, we also gave our dig­i­tal media sig­nif­i­cant atten­tion inter­nal­ly. Dig­i­tal media were nev­er just “fol­low­ers” for us; they were on par with our print titles – until the onset of the pan­dem­ic. This moti­vat­ed us to rein­vent our­selves, even though it seemed unthink­able at first.

Why did Fachwelt Verlag transition entirely to digital publications?

Dur­ing the COVID-19 lock­down, our lives changed sig­nif­i­cant­ly, and we, as Fach­welt Ver­lag, felt the need to adapt. The first issues of our media were already edi­to­ri­al­ly and com­mer­cial­ly final­ized. Excit­ing con­tent that would typ­i­cal­ly accom­pa­ny a first issue at the begin­ning of the year sud­den­ly had no audi­ence. The world shift­ed to remote work, and our mag­a­zines end­ed up on emp­ty desks. Unac­cept­able to us! So, we gath­ered, albeit vir­tu­al­ly, with our team to find solu­tions. My wife’s first words were, “From now on, there will be no more print pub­li­ca­tions. We are going 100% dig­i­tal today.”

This clear and unequiv­o­cal state­ment from our pub­lish­ing strate­gist ini­tial­ly sparked heat­ed dis­cus­sions. This rad­i­cal reori­en­ta­tion was unimag­in­able to me at first. For the first six weeks, I slept poor­ly dur­ing this tru­ly uncom­fort­able busi­ness phase. Today, I regret only one thing at this point: we should have start­ed the dig­i­ti­za­tion of our media much ear­li­er! I must give my wife cred­it, as I often do. The oppor­tu­ni­ties we have in the dig­i­tal space far exceed those in the print domain.

On behalf of HBI, I extend heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to Fach­welt Ver­lag and its employ­ees on their 10th anniver­sary! The pub­lish­ing port­fo­lio is exten­sive, offer­ing inter­est­ing pub­li­ca­tions with high-qual­i­ty arti­cles from numer­ous indus­tries. We would like to express our grat­i­tude for the con­sis­tent­ly good col­lab­o­ra­tion and wish you con­tin­ued suc­cess in the future.

Bastian Riccardi
Account Manager
HBI Communication Helga Bailey GmbH

Not only JUMO is cel­e­brat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary this year (75 years), but Fach­welt Ver­lag also has a good rea­son to pop the cham­pagne corks.

Ten years ago, entre­pre­neur and pub­lish­er Ali­ja Pale­vic embarked on a new ven­ture. With fresh lay­out ideas and an attrac­tive con­tent con­cept, he quick­ly became a promi­nent fig­ure in the trade mag­a­zine mar­ket. This spir­it of inno­va­tion has always pro­pelled Fach­welt Ver­lag for­ward. By bid­ding farewell to print ear­ly and focus­ing on indus­try-spe­cif­ic online pub­li­ca­tions, he once again proved to be ahead of his time. With these dig­i­tal plat­forms, he stays at the cut­ting edge and con­sis­tent­ly pro­vides com­pre­hen­sive and infor­ma­tive con­tent to his tech-savvy readers.

By now, his pub­lish­ing house has earned a respectable rep­u­ta­tion in the trade pub­lish­ing scene, and it con­tin­ues to defend it. His com­pa­ny also had to nav­i­gate the chal­lenges of the COVID-19 era with declin­ing adver­tis­ing revenues.

At JUMO, we appre­ci­ate hav­ing a reli­able part­ner by our side who com­pe­tent­ly reports on the lat­est prod­ucts from JUMO. There­fore, we con­grat­u­late you from the bot­tom of our hearts and look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing for (at least) the next ten years.

Michael Brosig
Corporate Spokesperson
JUMO, Fulda

Five years of PROZESSTECHNIK – a mile­stone in its rel­a­tive­ly young his­to­ry, espe­cial­ly in the mod­ern e‑mag for­mat – LAUDA warm­ly con­grat­u­lates! Togeth­er, we can bring one of the most impor­tant aspects of process tech­nol­o­gy, tem­per­a­ture con­trol tech­nol­o­gy, clos­er to an inter­est­ed pro­fes­sion­al audience.

Enrico Bossart
Head of Product Management

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your tenth anniver­sary. Over the past ten years, you have man­aged to estab­lish your­self as one of the most impor­tant sources of infor­ma­tion for process engi­neers in the chem­i­cal, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, and food indus­tries, con­sis­tent­ly deliv­er­ing high-qual­i­ty content.

We at Met­tler Tole­do Prod­uct Inspec­tion would like to express our sin­cere grat­i­tude for the excel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion and extend our con­grat­u­la­tions on this spe­cial occa­sion. Your cov­er­age of the lat­est trends and tech­nolo­gies in process engi­neer­ing is invalu­able to us.

We great­ly appre­ci­ate the excel­lent qual­i­ty of your con­tri­bu­tions and the exper­tise of your team, and we look for­ward to many more years of suc­cess­ful collaboration.

Once again, con­grat­u­la­tions on the anniver­sary, and best wish­es for the future!

Rainer Mundt
Head of Marketing
Mettler-Toledo Produktinspektion

Look­ing back ten years into the past is easy, and time feels like a short flight. When you recall the ini­tial idea and the found­ing phase from 10 years ago and ana­lyze the many indi­vid­ual actions, it’s aston­ish­ing how much has hap­pened in a decade. Look­ing ahead ten years seems almost impos­si­ble, yet it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize trends and ten­den­cies at an ear­ly stage and set the course for the future. For this, we need good media and pub­lic rela­tions. The title “Prozesstech­nik” encom­pass­es a vast field of exper­tise and con­fir­ma­tion. Media of any kind form the basis for knowl­edge trans­fer but also for ini­ti­at­ing inno­va­tion and bring­ing new devel­op­ments to light. Clean­room tech­nol­o­gy and clean­room indus­tries, whether plan­ners, con­struc­tors, or users, across all indus­try seg­ments, are influ­enced by process tech­nol­o­gy, automa­tion, and digitization.

We con­grat­u­late Fach­welt Ver­lag on 10 years of Prozesstech­nik and sin­cere­ly thank you for the com­pe­tent and com­pre­hen­sive jour­nal­is­tic coverage.

Josef Ortner
Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH

An anniver­sary is a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to reflect on what has been achieved and set new goals for the future. With great respect and recog­ni­tion for your inde­scrib­able ded­i­ca­tion, we con­grat­u­late you on 10 years of suc­cess, which we have had the priv­i­lege of wit­ness­ing from the begin­ning. In the rapid­ly chang­ing world of pub­lish­ing, you have demon­strat­ed strength with your deter­mi­na­tion, ambi­tion, and courage to ven­ture into new territory.

Our col­lab­o­ra­tion is sure to remain excit­ing – best wish­es for the future of Fach­welt Verlag!

Irmtraud Schmitt

What are the advantages for readers, customers, and the publishing house itself?

When we need infor­ma­tion today, most of us turn to the inter­net. In our case, the “dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion,” as described above, was accel­er­at­ed by the COVID-19 cri­sis. Our online port­fo­lio allows our read­ers to access our pub­li­ca­tions any­time, any­where, whether in the office or from home. Our inno­v­a­tive for­mat sets us apart from many oth­er online pub­li­ca­tions. It is a true stand-alone prod­uct, not just an adapt­ed print ver­sion. Each arti­cle is its own web­page, com­plete with images and videos, offer­ing an intu­itive user experience.

In addi­tion to tra­di­tion­al adver­tis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, this pro­vides our cus­tomers with a range of new and excit­ing ways to show­case their prod­ucts. The mod­ern online for­mat allows adver­tis­ers and oth­er providers to present their inno­va­tions in detail and in a con­tem­po­rary man­ner, with­out the lim­i­ta­tions of a sta­t­ic A4 page.

For us as a pub­lish­ing house, say­ing good­bye to print was ini­tial­ly a mixed affair. But we quick­ly rec­og­nized the incred­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties that arose from the tran­si­tion. After a short adjust­ment peri­od, we dis­cov­ered that the advan­tages were even greater than we could have imag­ined. It allowed my team and me to unleash our cre­ativ­i­ty while sim­pli­fy­ing work­flows for every­one involved, from edi­to­r­i­al to lay­out to deliv­ery to our readers.

What do you see as the future of the publishing house?

In the pub­lish­ing world, we are true pio­neers in terms of media dig­i­ti­za­tion. We aim to fur­ther expand this dig­i­tal advan­tage. “Stand­ing still is mov­ing back­ward,” so we nev­er stop but con­stant­ly evolve! Our employ­ees are high­ly com­mit­ted and work with great moti­va­tion and pas­sion to advance our media. Ideas, sug­ges­tions, and rec­om­men­da­tions reg­u­lar­ly come from the team, which we dis­cuss and then imple­ment. We always think ahead and are already plan­ning for 2024. This keeps things excit­ing and interesting.

Last week, my 15-year-old daugh­ter asked me about the future of the pub­lish­ing house: “Dad, can you imag­ine that I might work at your pub­lish­ing house some­day? I’d like to con­tribute my ideas.” I can already say that she is a true “dig­i­tal native,” com­plete­ly at home in the dig­i­tal world. So, in the future, along­side my wife, I’ll like­ly have anoth­er female pro­fes­sion­al on the team to guide us in the dig­i­tal direction.

We thank all well-wish­ers, cus­tomers, and our read­er­ship for the past 10 years. We look for­ward to the future with you!

2023 is a year of anniver­saries: The e‑magazine Prozesstech­nik has been on the mar­ket for ten years, and Phoenix Con­tact is cel­e­brat­ing its 100th anniver­sary. We are delight­ed that we had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in Prozesstech­nik right from the begin­ning. Phoenix Con­tac­t’s first tech­ni­cal arti­cle on con­nec­tors for the food indus­try was pub­lished in Sep­tem­ber 2013. Since then, our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the first pure­ly e‑magazine for us has deep­ened. The attrac­tive­ly designed trade mag­a­zine cov­er­ing all the rel­e­vant indus­try top­ics pre­cise­ly tar­gets our audi­ence. On behalf of all authors, we would like to express our grat­i­tude to Mr. Pale­vic and his team for the pleas­ant and con­struc­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion and wish you all the best for the future.

Judith Käsemann
Corporate Communications Employee
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your 10th anniver­sary! Over the past 10 years, you have tire­less­ly worked to pro­vide your read­ers with high-qual­i­ty pub­li­ca­tions and impart valu­able expertise.

Your efforts have not only con­tributed to expand­ing knowl­edge in many dif­fer­ent indus­tries but have also helped improve the pro­fes­sion­al world and enhance the prospects of many businesses.

We would like to express our grat­i­tude for the excel­lent col­lab­o­ra­tion and hope that you con­tin­ue to be suc­cess­ful in the years to come.

Best wish­es for the anniver­sary and here’s to the next 10 years!

Ruess International GmbH

Sesotec GmbH wish­es you all the best on your anniver­sary! Mag­a­zines like Prozesstech­nik or FoodTec are a valu­able source of infor­ma­tion and an impor­tant research tool for us. We look for­ward to con­tin­ued good col­lab­o­ra­tion and to many more inter­est­ing and jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly excel­lent contributions!

Brigitte Rothkopf
Director Corporate Communication
Sesotec GmbH

“It’s like in school: after ten years, you can eat, drink, and artic­u­late your­self, and you’ve over­come most of the child­hood ill­ness­es. Grad­u­al­ly, you find your place in soci­ety, become one of the big ones, and con­tin­ue to devel­op your com­pe­ten­cies and skills. Our heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions on the tenth anniver­sary of Prozesstech­nik, and may you con­tin­ue to suc­ceed in your growth!”

Gregor Dietz
Market Manager

On the 10th anniver­sary of the Prozesstech­nik por­tal, we extend our heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions to Fach­welt Ver­lag and express our grat­i­tude for the excit­ing and diverse con­tri­bu­tions. The dynam­ic por­tal pro­vides its read­ers with up-to-date and infor­ma­tive con­tent about process tech­nol­o­gy. We always enjoy vis­it­ing the por­tal and are always open to fan­tas­tic, infor­ma­tive inno­va­tions that inspire.

SMC Deutschland GmbH

With a fresh con­cept and an extreme­ly cus­tomer-ori­ent­ed team, Ali­ja Pale­vic start­ed in a high­ly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket exact­ly ten years ago. In a short time, the trade mag­a­zine PROZESSTECHNIK was estab­lished as an entire­ly new media brand, set­ting new trends in dig­i­tal­iza­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly in food, chem­i­cal, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal report­ing. The con­tin­ued suc­cess of Fach­welt Ver­lag since the com­plete tran­si­tion to a dig­i­tal for­mat in 2021 demon­strates that this trans­for­ma­tion was a wise deci­sion. We at SÜDPACK are delight­ed to con­grat­u­late you on the anniver­sary. We look for­ward to pro­fes­sion­al report­ing and to a pub­lish­er who turns visions into real­i­ty and fear­less­ly ven­tures into the future.

Valeska Haus
Vice President Strategic Marketing

Since its launch ten years ago, PROZESSTECHNIK has grad­u­al­ly become an impor­tant com­pan­ion in the Ger­man phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal media land­scape. The inno­v­a­tive dig­i­tal con­cept is par­tic­u­lar­ly well-suit­ed for an equal­ly pro­gres­sive com­pa­ny like Syn­te­gon: the com­bi­na­tion of a design-strong e‑magazine, a clear inter­net plat­form, and numer­ous social media chan­nels pro­vides us with the ide­al mix to con­vey our mes­sages edi­to­ri­al­ly and through adver­tis­ing. We at Syn­te­gon look for­ward to the next ten years and to con­tin­ued good col­lab­o­ra­tion – and we wish the entire PROZESSTECHNIK team all the best for the anniversary!

Nicole König
Director Marketing and Communication Pharma

Con­grat­u­la­tions on 10 suc­cess­ful years of PROZESSTECHNIK! Our solu­tions are used in a wide range of dif­fer­ent process indus­tries, from envi­ron­men­tal, food, and chem­i­cal indus­tries to lab­o­ra­to­ry, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, and biotech­nol­o­gy sec­tors. There­fore, PROZESSTECHNIK, like the oth­er media brands and dig­i­tal for­mats of Fach­welt Ver­lag, pro­vides a great envi­ron­ment for us to show­case our products.

Dominik Endres
Communication Manager
Watson-Marlow GmbH

My warmest con­grat­u­la­tions on the 10th anniver­sary of PROZESSTECHNIK! Always on the cut­ting edge of con­tent, fea­tur­ing rel­e­vant voic­es on the right top­ics, and com­bined with an attrac­tive and high-qual­i­ty pre­sen­ta­tion. That’s what PROZESSTECHNIK means to me. I wish the entire team all the best for the years to come and con­tin­ued success.

Peter Krause
Managing Director