Review of IFAT India 2017

IFAT India 2017: Top marks on its fifth anniversary

2017 was the fifth anniversary of IFAT India, and this year the show was more successful than ever before: 6,765 visitors took part in India´s leading trade fair for environmental technology between September 26 and 28. The core issue at the three-day fair was how technology can help master the high volumes of waste and the impact of extreme weather on the subcontinent. On show in Mumbai were tailored solutions for the Indian market.

184 exhibitors, and therefore 28 percent more than the previous year, showcased their technologies and products for water, sewage, refuse and recycling on 8,100 square meters of exhibition space. According to Bhupinder Singh, CEO of the organizer Messe Muenchen India, the rise in visitor numbers – an increase of 30 percent – was due to the urgent environmental challenges that the Indian population is currently facing: “Following the serious water shortage of 2016, this year an exceptionally strong monsoon led to catastrophic flooding in large parts of India. Added to this is the problem of waste blocking water flow in the sewers. Modern solutions for efficient management of water and sewage, and also sustainable recycling technologies, were therefore in especially high demand at IFAT India 2017.”

Apart from industry leaders, the anniversary edition also attracted high-ranking government representatives, municipal corporations and political delegations. During his visit, Shri Vijay Shivtare, Minister for Water Rescccources and Water Conservation of the Indian State Maharashtra, said: “It is time for action and to put environmental protection at the top of the political agenda. We participated in IFAT India because we seek change, and this trade fair was the perfect platform for that.”

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