Boasting 23 percent more exhibition space, the fourth—and so far largest—IFAT India has now closed its doors. Between September 28 and 30, 2016, more than 5,000 trade visitors (which is 23 percent more than last year) came to the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai to see the latest products and services for water, sewage, refuse and recycling. One of the key themes at this year’s event was the acute water crisis on the subcontinent.
Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, explains: “Especially at the current time, water shortage is an acute theme in the environmental sector, in particular in India. At IFAT India 2016 the exhibition space dedicated to water and wastewater management has risen by 71 percent. And the interest in solid waste management has increased remarkably, too. This upswing underlines just how important our event is, as a showcase for solutions to the current challenges being faced in the country, and as a forum for bringing together supply and demand.”
Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha, fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, points out how serious the effects of water shortages are: “The water crisis in India not only endangers life, it holds tremendous conflict potential and threatens internal security. Water management in India is also linked to the regional policies and diplomacy. Innovative technologies will be urgently needed in India for smart and effective water management policies. IFAT India offered the ideal opportunity to successfully engage with technology suppliers in the sector.”
Covering 6,100 square meters of exhibition space—a rise of 23 percent—IFAT India 2016 was bigger than ever before. Also in terms of visitors, the numbers exceeded expectations: For the first time, more than 5,000 trade visitors participated in the event. Once again IFAT India had a very strong international component. Of the 143 exhibitors, over half, i.e. 54 percent, came from outside India. After India the biggest contingents of exhibitors came from Germany, China, Switzerland, Italy and the US (in this order).
The exhibitors praised the strong footfall of the visitors at their booths and their high professional level. Vikas Agarwal, Associate Vice President of Kirloskar Brothers, noted: “At IFAT India you always meet the suitable persons for your business. This year was especially crowded and the visitors were of high quality.” Also Ninad Kelkar, Business Team Leader at REHAU, was pleased: “We have been exhibiting at IFAT India since its inception. The trade fair helps us showcase our products to the right audience. It is a platform where we get to meet government officials, experts and discuss solutions for contemporary issues in this industry.”
Igor Palka, Chief Operating Officer of Messe München India, is more than satisfied with the final result: “The feedback from the exhibitors and visitors was overwhelming. The audience liked in particular the high-caliber supporting program.” Many new items featured this year in the program, among them the Active Learning Centre, a training platform for young talent and skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector, and the Sino-Indian Environmental Technology and Industry Dialogue, aimed at promoting bilateral exchange between China and India. In the Innovation Exchange Forum the focus was not only on water management but also on waste processing. In particular IFAT India highlighted modern processing techniques, such as the potential offered by biogas plants in India, and by waste-to-energy solutions. The supporting program featured a high-ranking line-up of speakers from India and abroad—from politics, business and science and research.
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal, Indian Representative, The International Solid Waste Association
“The Government of India is largely focusing on the environmental sector and the steps to counter issues that we are facing in this sector. IFAT India is an excellent platform where new technologies catering to the Indian environmental issues can be showcased and solutions to issues related to environment and waste and sewage recycling can be discussed with industry experts and key players.”
Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Association (MWRRA)
“Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the issues of waste water management, and Messe Muenchen India is taking a great initiative by organizing such trade fairs which address these challenges.”
Dr. Jürgen Morhard, German Consul General, Government of Germany
“India is a growing economy and like other countries it is facing complex challenges of water shortage and waste water management. A collaboration between Germany and India is ensuring that we come up with solutions to such challenges. Trade fairs like IFAT India are very important forums for exchange of ideas between experts from various fields like regulation, academics etc.”
Dr. Amiya Sahu, Chairman, National Solid Waste Association
“This is the fourth edition of IFAT India and I am very proud to say that five years ago I was one of the key members of the team responsible for inviting the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technologies to India. IFAT India has grown rapidly since its inception and the current edition of the trade fair has more than 140 exhibitors which also include international exhibitors showcasing or launching new products and technologies.”
Thomas Bevers, Account Development for Water & Waste Water HQ, SIEMENS
“IFAT India is the right platform to showcase our technology, build our brand, meet industry experts and the newcomers in the market. It helps us establish ourselves in the Indian market.”
D.G. Guru, Director and COO, Koerting Engineering
“It is the third time that we are here at IFAT India and the trade fair is on a path of continuous growth. The visitor quality is enormous and we met many potential clients. Other events in India only focus on water management, but IFAT India comprises all the sections in the environmental industry including waste disposal. This makes IFAT India so unique and important. We will come back again in 2017.”
Lutz Hörnschemeyer, Export Manager, Hermann Sewerin GmbH
“This year, IFAT India was characterized by the professionalism of the visitors. Our highlight was the best practice session and the interaction with the students.”
Mohd. Ikhlas Rizvi, Marketing Communications Team, Tata Projects
“Our company is participating for the first time in IFAT India. Altogether it has been an extraordinary experience here and we look forward to having a long-term association with this trade fair. It provides a great platform for showcasing all the products included in our portfolio.”
Gagan Agrawal, Director – India Water Initiatives, Fleming College
“This is my second visit to IFAT India and I am very pleased to say that this is one of the best trade fairs in the environmental sector. As we work closely with issues related to water, IFAT India has been like a beacon in providing us with an industry overview and we can also interact directly with the policy makers and key industry stakeholders.”
Jose Jacob, Senior Advisor, Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation
“Water will prove to be one of the most critical resources in the coming years. We have already seen trouble brewing between certain states in India due to water-related issues and we are happy to see IFAT India addressing some of these issues. We are also confident that we will have solutions for most of our country’s challenges by integrating foreign technologies in the environmental sector, particularly German engineering.”
Dr. Michael Kuhn, Head of the Country Section India, German Water Partnership
“One of the primary issues that the world is challenged with is water conservation. IFAT India is one of the best trade fairs which focuses on environmental issues, like waste water management and sewage treatment. It is a platform where we get to know about various technologies related to environmental protection.”
Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha, Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
“The water crisis in India not only endangers life, it holds tremendous conflict potential and threatens internal security. Water management in India is also linked to the regional policies and diplomacy. Innovative technologies will be urgently needed in India for smart and effective water management policies. IFAT India offered the ideal opportunity to successfully engage with technology suppliers in the sector.”