IFAT Munich, a leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management took place from May 30 to June 3. Nearly 3000 exhibitors took part in the event.
“Having attracted 2,984 exhibitors from 59 countries and around 119,000 visitors from 155 countries, the show has approached pre-coronavirus levels—reflecting the great potential of environmental technologies and confirming its position as the world's leading platform for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management,” Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the IFAT Munich Advisory Board said.
Focus on circular economy
At the opening, German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke emphasised, “A functioning circular economy saves primary resources, reduces dependencies and makes a significant contribution to protecting the climate and biodiversity. My policy aims to help strengthen the circular economy at all stages of its cycle and make environmental protection an appealing business model.”
The theme circular economy took up more space than ever at the trade show. A total of four special areas were specifically dedicated to the circular economy, For water, as well, the focus was on sustainable use and closed cycles. The trade fair showcased the enabling technologies; the conference programme featured more than 300 experts sharing their knowledge'; and there were plenty of live demonstrations and guided solution tours focused on circular economy.
The key figures of the trade fair
IFAT Munich saw visitors from 155 countries. In comparison with the previous event, especially the strong participation from China and Russia was missing. A Start-up Area gathered 49 start-ups from 16 nations. There were 15 international joint pavilions from Europe as well as Japan, Canada, South Korea and the U.S. High-ranking political representatives from Egypt, Belgium, Malaysia, Brazil and Singapore had traveled to the event, besides other international delegates.
Speaking about the event, Max Köttgen, Member of the Management Board at REMONDIS, said “IFAT will continue to uphold its importance as the world's leading trade fair for the sector.” “I am very impressed with the size of the show, the number of visitors and the unparalleled expert platform, and I am delighted that we could have a number of relevant discussions with customers and partners," said Anja Eimer, Head of Water & Waste Water at Siemens.