The largest environmental tradeshow in the world — IFAT — will be held May 5-9 in Munich. The popular show will attract more than 2,500 exhibiting companies and 100,000 visitors will fill the New Munich Trade Fair Centre’s 192,000-sq m exhibit space, indoors and outdoors.
And a good portion of those folks will represent the trenchless technology industry.
This is the 15th International Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste Disposal and Recycling (Internationale Fachmesse Fur Umwelt und Entsorgung: Wasser, Abwasser, Abfall und Recycling) and the theme in 2008 will revolve around environmental solutions. It will be oriented to the future of environmental technology, focusing on everything from high tech to low tech, including comprehensive solution approaches.
Held in Munich, the triennial show has developed into the leading trade fair for the industry since it was established in 1966. It is considered the “Show for the Boss” since more than 88 percent of attendees are senior level decision-makers. IFAT is also a popular and key international show for the trenchless technology and wastewater rehabilitation industries, as key players take the opportunity at this massive environmental show to spread the message of the benefits of trenchless technology.
Records were set in 2005 in the number of visitors to the show, as well as in the number of exhibiting companies. More than 108,000 attendees – 10 percent more than in 2002 – from 166 countries, and especially from Central and Eastern Europe, the Near East, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America, gathered information at IFAT 2005. The fair also had a record number of exhibitors, with 2,223 companies from 36 countries.
Besides the exhibition and visitors from all over the world that are expected, again a topical and diversified conference program is offered. More than 100 speakers from numerous countries report on their experiences. Guest speakers in particular from the United States, Japan, Turkey, China, India and from African, Eastern European and Arab countries are invited. Many lectures are therefore offered in English language and simultaneously translated into German.
Munich is one of the most popular cities in Germany and is convenient to get to from both the East and the West. Held at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, the trade fair site is organized into 12 enormous exhibition halls, plus a tremendous amount of outdoor space. For the trenchless technology and wastewater rehabilitation contingent, the focal points are Halls A6 and B5 and B6.
The extensive range of exhibits at IFAT includes components for water collection and distribution, as well as transportation and sewer systems, i.e. pipes, wells, ducts, pumps, lifting equipment and fittings. Exhibits will also include the latest developments for pipe-laying and sewer systems, new sewer construction, sewer cleaning, pumps and lifting tackle sewer inspection and repair, control and analysis technology and process-control technology.
IFAT is the most important trade fair for waste disposal and the environment. In 2005, IFAT added a new exhibition category for water supply to the fair. 2008 is no different as show organizers added another layer to its already impressive lineup. With the expansion of the theme of energy generation from waste products, the subject of biogas will move more into the spotlight.
The extensive range of exhibits at IFAT includes components for water collection and distribution, as well as transportation and sewer systems, i.e. pipes, wells, ducts, pumps, lifting equipment and fittings. Exhibits will also include the latest developments for pipe-laying and sewer systems, sewer inspection and repair, control and analysis technology and process-control technology.
In conjunction with IFAT 2008, a series of international symposia is scheduled, along with the IFAT Forum for exhibitors to share their new products and solutions with visitors. For more information on IFAT 2008, visit www.ifat.de.