IFAT, 2018 - MUNICH
Between May 14th and 18th, 2018 a total of 3,305 exhibitors from 58 countries attended Munich, Germany to present products and innovations to the environmental industry. IFAT was attended by more than 141,000 experts from 160 countries where the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies highlighted the management of water, sewage, waste and raw materials.
IFAT 2018 - MUNICH, GERMANY.
Filtering of microplastics, more effective recycling of plastics and the digital transformation of the entire industry: for five days, the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies IFAT revolved around the issues of the management of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. The industry’s products are in rising demand all over the world.
“IFAT presents the technologies of the future for clean environment; hence, it is driving the public discourse more actively than ever before. This was reflected in the visits of international politicians, the numerous delegations
"from all over the world and technology experts who came to share ideas, experiences and knowhow”, says Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. “The fair displays the significance of the industry and the issue: the number of exhibitors rose by 7 percent to 3,305, the number of visitors by 4 percent to more than 141,000.”
CONSUMERS DRIVE THE INDUSTRY
It is above all the consumers’ rising awareness and their demand for sustainability that make the industry boom. German Federal Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze said what many people around the globe are concerned about. “We need to use resources and recycle plastics and other materials more effectively and avoid plastic wastes being disposed of into the environment. It is to avoid unnecessary plastics”. Here, technologies have a key role. “The IFAT presents smart and innovative environmental technologies that are already part of a solution to many of our environmental challenges.”
LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND INDUSTRY AT THE SAME LEVEL
t the same time, representatives of the manufacturing industry visiting IFAT showed a rising interest in resource-conserving and efficient methods. “Demand from industry has increased significantly”, says Falk Olaf Petersdorf, Managing Director of Xylem Water Solutions Deutschland GmbH. IFAT boss Stefan Rummel is convinced: “The 2018 IFAT has addressed both local authorities and the industry.”
Digitally linked pumps, waste containers with sensors, autonomous road sweepers—digital innovation is a feature of many innovations at IFAT. The new hall allocation based of the subjects of water/sewage and waste/secondary raw materials was very much appreciated. Hence, also the issue of drinking water is now firmly established in Munich. Udo Jirmann, Managing Director of Georg Fischer GmbH puts it like this: “Now, IFAT has also become the world’s leading trade fair for drinking water; the record figures achieved reflect its importance for the environmental industry.”
We will continue to support the AWRE Expo in 2018, August 23rd and 24th at Sydney.
The Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) challenges thinking about waste through a two-day collaboration into the now and future of waste disposal and recovery. future of waste disposal. As Sydney’s only annual industry event to capitalise on the prominent NSW market, it presents efficient, profitable and sustainable waste and recycling solutions to Australasia’s most notable commercial, industrial and municipal organisations.