Ifat 2014: Facts and Figures Ifat is Breaking all Records Again
135,000 Visitors from all over the world, 3081 exhibitors from 59 nations and 230,000 square meters of exhibition space: Environmental technology trade fair Ifat in Munich solidifies the entitlement to be the world's leading event in this sector.
Munich/Germany – This five-day showcase of environmental technology in Munich is coming to an end and Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München, was overwhelmed with the response: “Ifat has broken all previous records. We were able to welcome more than 135,000 visitors from all over the world to this event. That is impressive.” Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Ifat and Managing Partner of Faun Umwelttechnik, agreed “that this Ifat has been one of the most interesting and successful trade shows yet. The expansion to the exhibition space and the very good figures for visitors show that we are on the right track.“
Ifat presents the world’s most extensive display of innovations and solutions in the field of environmental technology. Climate change, rising raw material prices, an increasing number of mega-cities and advancing industrialization in emerging countries – all this is boosting demand for products and services that address environmental and climate challenges. This trade show, with its coverage of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, identifies strategies and applications for using resources in intelligent cycles in order to preserve those resources for the long term.
Impressive international scope
With around 60,000 visitors from outside Germany (2012: 49,840) – that’s almost 45 percent of the total – this year’s Ifat had the highest proportion of visitors from abroad in the history of the event. The top ten countries of origin for visitors, after Germany, were (in this order): Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation, Spain and Great Britain.
Top marks for visitor quality
The exhibitors were also pleased with the high quality of the visitors, as confirmed in the survey conducted by TNS Infratest: 94 percent of the exhibiting companies found the quality of the visitors to be “good” or “excellent”.
New records for exhibitor numbers and exhibition space
Presenting innovations and trends in the environmental technology sector at Ifat 2014 between May 5 and 9, was a total of 3,081 exhibitors from 59 countries (2012: 2,939 exhibitors from 54 countries). The event covered 230,000 square meters of exhibition space (2012: 215,000 square meters). On the exhibitor side, too, a new record was also reached for international participation, at 44 percent – which is a rise of five percentage points above 2012.
In total 92 percent of the exhibiting companies rated the flagship character of Ifat, the world’s most important environmental technology show, as “good” or “excellent”.
The next Ifat takes place from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Munich.
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