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 Resources 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."

Exhibitor Testimonials

Vikas Agarwal, Associate Vice President & Business Sector Head Water Resource Management & Building and Construction, Kirloskar Brothers Limited: "The Indian market for water and waste management technologies is set to see a marked growth, aided by active governmental support. A trade fair like IFAT India gets large and small players on one platform to discuss issues related to the industry. We certainly look forward to participating at future editions of IFAT India."

Philippe Anstotz, Executive Sales Director, Aqseptence Group: "It is impressive to see how strongly the show has grown in the five years since launch, and how the quality has increased. It brings together precisely the right audience under one roof. In future we will not be missing out on IFAT India."

Thomas Bevers, Account Manager, SIEMENS: "We are participating in IFAT India to connect with our Indian customers and to show our commitment to the Indian market. As compared to last year, the trade fair has grown in terms of size and we can see larger players here."

Pinaki Bhadury, Business Head, Wipro Water: "We have been in this business since 2008 and are one of the leading water and waste water treatment companies in India. This is our second year at IFAT India, we have good customers, both new as well as existing, visiting us. We look forward to participating next year, in a larger way with more space and more technologies to be offered."

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