A record figure of 9633 trade visitors and 311 exhibitors met for the seventh edition of Ifat India 2019. The show ended on October 18, 2019 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai. At the top of the agenda of the environmental technology fair was the question of how technology and innovation can lead the change towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Mumbai/India — Sustainable waste management and the modernization of the environmental infrastructure are two of the most important goals of the Indian environmental technology industry. To find new solutions for these challenges the industry met at Ifat India 2019.
According to Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, the visitor numbers of the fair have continued to grow further this year. In his view, the increase of 29 % underlines that the show has once again proved to be the most important solution platform for India's pressing environmental challenges. 97 % of visitors came from India. Germany, China, Indonesia, South Korea and Austria (in this order) were among the top visitor countries.
In terms of exhibitors, international participation surged by over 30 %, underlining the growing demand on the subcontinent. With a record participation from 23 countries, it was the most international Ifat India ever with a first-time pavilion from Canada. In total, the number of exhibitors grew by 29 % (2018: 242 exhibitors), the area increased by 32 % to 14,500 square meters (2018: 11,000 square meters).
Diversification of the water supply and waste mangement
Seawater desalination, wastewater treatment, closing the water cycle — in view of the current water crisis in Chennai, solutions for diversifying the water supply were particularly in demand. A start-up on the new future platform experience.science.future., which had its debut at the trade fair, also introduced a new product for water extraction. The company used Ifat India to present their innovation to the Indian market for the first time: a mobile and modular machine that can produce water of varying quality from moisture in the air.
The fair also covered the areas of e-waste and waste-to-energy and was well complemented by the extensive supporting program. The e-waste sector in India is growing rapidly, creating a demand for environmentally sound e-waste recycling and thereby opening up a lot of opportunities in green jobs as well as technical innovations and entrepreneurship.
Also on the agenda were sustainable solutions and best-practices for development of urban infrastructure in India. This was underlined by the respective visits of Chief Guest Mr. Suresh Prabhu representative for G7 and G20 and was also echoed by Praveen Pardeshi, Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai.
The next edition of India's leading environmental technology fair will take place from October 13 to 15, 2020 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.