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Ifat 2014 Munich Keeping the Water Flowing – The capital of water and sewage engineering

| Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

There is still room for innovation throughout the water and sewage industry: The 3,000 or so exhibitors who will be at Ifat on May 5th–9th, 2014 are planning to highlight some of the opportunities. As the experts gather in Munich, the order of the day will be "Bring on the water!”.

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A total of 2939 exhibitors from 54 countries came together at Ifat 2012 to put on an inspiring display of innovations and solutions in the field of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.
A total of 2939 exhibitors from 54 countries came together at Ifat 2012 to put on an inspiring display of innovations and solutions in the field of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.
(Bild: Alex Schelbert / Messe München/ Ifat)

Like circulating water, the water and sewage industry is constantly in motion. New innovative products replace previous generations as companies and markets realign in response to the changing business environment.

Ifat, the flagship event for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, is held every two years in the Bavarian capital. Roughly 3,000 exhibitors will be on hand this year to welcome around 130,000 visitors in 16 exhibit halls on 230,000 m2 of space. The international character of the largest environmental technology show is becoming more distinctive with each time: Exhibitors and visitors from more than 50 countries will be making the trip to Munich. In addition, 13 countries will be represented at 56 joint stands.

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Ifat Project Manager Silvia Fritscher is optimistic that “the percentage of international exhibitors will continue to increase from previous years. The response by exhibitors, especially from outside the country, has been enormous.” At Ifat 2012, international companies accounted for 39% of the total. Of the 125,000 visitors, roughly 75,000 were from Germany and 50,000 came from the rest of the world.

Ifat Entsorga becomes Ifat again

Following two successive events under the Ifat Entsorga banner, the flagship show for environmental technologies will be reverting to the original name Ifat in 2014. “Entsorga was added to the name in 2010 to highlight the move from Cologne to Munich. We have now gotten that message across, so we are reverting to the original, compact name Ifat,” explained Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München.

Besides the name change, the new Ifat claim "resources. innovations. solutions." is a poignant expression of the show’s breadth and vision. The term “resources” encompasses Water/Sewage and Waste/Secondary Resources. The German waste disposal federation (BDE) which owns the Entsorga name continues to act as an institutional patron for the show.

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