Final report

IE expo China: powerful driver of environmental protection

April 26, 2021

  • Already second IE expo China during the challenging COVID-19 era
  • Regrowing participation: 2,157 exhibitors and 81,957 visitors
  • Environmental technologies highly demanded in China

The demand for environmental technologies in China is constantly high—despite COVID-19. This development is supported by the Chinese government which sets the framework to accelerate the construction of a low-carbon and circular economy system. IE expo China reflects these market trends with a regrowing participation of 2,157 companies and 81,957 visitors—and a plus of 20 percent in space.

The goals are ambitious: China announced that it will aim to hit peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Thus, collaborative governance of pollution and carbon reduction will further gain importance and bring the Chinese environmental technology industry to a new level. In this context, IE expo China confirmed its position as leading platform for environmental technologies in Asia: the trade fair covered a total of 180,000 square meters (plus 20 % vs. 2020: 150,000) and counted 2,157 exhibitors (plus 17% vs. 2020: 1,851) and 81,957 visitors (plus 12% vs. 2020: 73,176).

“We are very delighted that—despite these turbulent times—IE expo China once again proved its importance as innovation and knowledge hub for the environmental sector,” said Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, “The strong figures not only reflect the continuously growing demand for environmental technologies in China and worldwide, but also prove that there is a strong need for face-to-face encounters.” Jiang Gang, Managing Director of Messe Muenchen Zhongmao added: “IE expo China 2021 is being held successfully with the strong support of the government and related departments and partners, presenting solutions for the entire environmental protection industry chain, bringing together industry trends, cutting-edge products and business opportunities!”

Many international exhibitors seized the opportunity

IE expo China again attracted many global exhibitors represented by local partners such as KAESER Kompressoren SE (Germany), Black Bruin Oy (Finland), VOMM Impianti e Processi and OWAC (both Italy). In addition, many companies participated in the joint pavilions of Germany, Denmark, France, Japan, North Korea, Swiss and the USA to establish and maintain valuable business contacts.

Liu Ying, Industry Manager of Water & Waste Water, Endress+Hauser (China) Automation shared that opinion: “As a loyal exhibitor who has participated for many years, we’ve always believed that it is the top one exhibition in the environmental protection industry. The customers it attracts are from a very wide range of industries, and also many leading brands in the show.”

Wang Yadong, Vice General Manager of Solid Waste Division of WELLE Environmental Group said: “IE expo China is one of the most influential large-scale trade fairs in China. Both exhibitors and visitors are very active. They are highly professional and fit our expectations.” Toray Bluestar Membrane participated for the first time. Planning Supervisor Xu Jia: “We are very meticulous about the selection of trade fairs. We have chosen IE expo China for the first time this year because the number of visitors last year gave me a deep impression. It is very important for us to make contact with customers.”

On the way to green industry patterns

The conference program brought together representatives of industry policy-making departments, industry leaders and well-known experts. More than 500 speakers shared the latest and cutting-edge insights in the sectors of water, waste, soil, and air. The program followed current topics such as the impact of China’s “14th five-year plan” on the industry as well as rising opportunities due to the carbon neutralization targets.

Save the dates

Further IE expo trade fairs are on track: IE expo Chengdu from July 8 to 10, 2021 and IE expo Guangzhou, from September 16 to 18, 2021. Central meeting point for the global environmental technology industry will be the next IFAT in Munich scheduled from May 30 to June 3, 2022.

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IE expo China confirmed its position as leading platform for environmental technologies in Asia
IE expo China confirmed its position as leading platform for environmental technologies in Asia
Silvia Hendricks
Silvia Hendricks
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