11 July 2020

Table of Contents for Event Focus- Ifat India 2017

Event Focus- Ifat India 2017

Namami Gangè

Event Theme: Particulate Emissions-Air Pollution Control


Messe München is a global major and organiser of trade fairs in India, and its leading brand IFAT – focused on the water, and waste water recycling sector – will have its 5th Edition this month. Over the years this event has evolved into a platform for industry leaders to network and discuss critical issues.


This is a trade fair which locks onto a current issue critical to society at large, and this time around In view of the heavy air pollution in India, the focus of the supporting program at the fifth edition of IFAT India will be on air pollution control. According to a recent study by the Indian branch of Greenpeace, smog is assuming serious proportions on the subcontinent. It is not just the capital New Delhi that is affected by massive air pollution. The study has shown that fine particulate pollution in the 168 cities studied exceeds the limit defined as harmless. Looking at the average annual concentration of fine particulate matter of under 10 micrometers in size, no single city in India complies with the international standard of 20 μg/m³ considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be harmless. Alongside its effects on health, polluted air also results in economic costs totaling three percent of gross domestic product – according to an estimate by the World Bank. IFAT India will bring together all market players in areas of water, sewage, refuse, and recycling in Mumbai. For the first time, the topic of air pollution control will be part of the supporting and conference program: At the ‘Environmental Technologies Conference’ organized by the Indian cooperation partner The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), high-ranking representatives from politics and business will discuss possible solution approaches and regional strategies for reducing pollutant emissions. Instruments for monitoring and forecasting the air quality in congested urban areas will be presented in a workshop by the SDG Foundation.



However the traditional focus of IFAT is on water and wastewater, along with waste and recycling, and projects like Namami Gange clearly underscore the large demand for state-of-the-art, environmentally and economically sensible components, processes, and systems, in India. To improve the situation, the Indian government initiated a new effort in 2014 as part of a program called Namami Gange (“homage to the Ganges”). The ambitious goal is to create a clean Ganges by the end of 2019. A multistage program with a budget of 200 billion rupees – or nearly € 2.8 billion – has been developed to achieve this goal. One main focal point of the planned steps is expanding wastewater treatment capacities. During the project, the daily treatment capacities are to increase by 2.5 billion liters. This past April, the National Mission for Clean Ganga approved 26 projects in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, and Delhi, with a total budget of over Rs 21 billion rupees (about € 290 million). The funds will be invested in the construction of 13 new wastewater treatment plants and in the upgrading of 33 existing systems. The sewer system is to be expanded by 145 kilometers as well. Also, with biogas emerging a solution to India’s challenges in waste management, this year’s edition will also host a session on biogas, which is being jointly organized by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association.

The Environmental Technologies Conference covers the classical IFAT India themes of water, sewage, refuse and recycling, and takes into particular account the aspect of sustainability. IFAT India’s ‘Active Learning Centre’ remains part of the event and presents a platform for youth development and professional education. Another major attraction at IFAT is the ‘Innovation Exchange Forum,’ which will focus on ‘Environmental Technologies for India: Requirements, Demands, Solutions.’ A trademark of IFAT India is its high class conference program. It brings together solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers, to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies especially in the water and waste sector. For this reason, the entire supporting program also focuses on topics of capacity building and career development and offers opportunities for business networking.


International Profile

IFAT has always had an international profile of both, exhibitors, and visitors who are mostly decision makers. The fair has more than 7000 sq m of exhibition space, 150 exhibitors, and around 6000 trade visitors. Its comprehensive exhibition spectrum includes water and sewage treatment as well as refuse and recycling. IFAT always has high-caliber supporting programs like Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Live-Demos, and plenty of networking opportunities. There will be plenty of knowledge transfer at the ‘New Environmental Technologies Conference’ being conducted by TERI. The Conference will feature Speakers who are Thought Leaders in the industry and a Business to Government Forum where Government officials will present new environmental tenders, projects and government initiatives in their respective States. It is also a meeting hub for decision makers. The fair has emerged as a networking platform for solution providers, practitioners, knowledge partners, and decision-makers from government and industry.


With its products and solutions, IFAT India addresses the Indian market in particular. A total of 143 exhibitors and 5,187 visitors took part in the last edition of IFAT India. Spread over 6,100 square meters – a 23 percent increase in space compared with the previous year – 2016 was the biggest IFAT India trade fair so far.




"The market for environmental technology holds great promise in India. There is a need to exchange knowledge in this area for a range of strategically important reasons, such as strengthening action against climate change. The partnership with IFAT India fosters stronger dialogues in the area of technology. This is crucial to accelerate the deployment of clean environmental solutions,” explains Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran, Senior Director, TERI.





“IFAT India, as the leading meeting point for the Indian environmental sector, is the ideal platform for dialog between industry and politics—and TERI with its extensive fund of experience and its consultation competence on sustainability, is the perfect partner for IFAT India,” adds
Tushar Alekar, Commercial Director, Messe Muenchen India.





“We had a very good experience last IFAT. This year with investments announced like Namami Ganges, we expect more decision makers to visit IFAT 2017 and discuss machines in wastewater management,”

V.G. Sakthikumar, MD, Schwing Stetter Sales & Services Pvt Ltd





Bureaucrats Quotes

“The Government of India is largely focusing on the environmental sector and the steps to counter issues that we are facing in this sector. IFAT India is an excellent platform where new technologies catering to the Indian environmental issues can be showcased and solutions to issues related to environment and waste and sewage recycling can be discussed with industry experts and key players.”

Dr. Vivek Agrawal, Indian Representative, International Solid Waste Association





“Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the issues of waste water management, and Messe Muenchen India is taking a great initiative by organizing such trade fairs which address these challenges.”

Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Association (MWRRA)





“India is a growing economy and like other countries it is facing complex challenges of water shortage and waste water management. A collaboration between Germany and India is ensuring that we come up with solutions to such challenges. Trade fairs like IFAT India are very important forums for exchange of ideas between experts from various fields like regulation, academics etc.”

Dr. Jürgen Morhard, German Consul General, Government of Germany





“IFAT India has been an excellent trade fair in deliberating and bringing forward the environmental challenges. It is good to see that stakeholders and experts came together under one roof to interact with one another and for exploring latest technologies.”

Dr. Sanjay A. Mukherjee (IAS), Additional Municipal Commissioner (Project), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai





“This is the fourth edition of IFAT India and I am very proud to say that five years ago I was one of the key members of the team responsible for inviting the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technologies to India. IFAT India has grown rapidly since its inception and the current edition of the trade fair has more than 140 exhibitors which also include internationalexhibitors showcasing or launching new products and technologies.”

Dr. Amiya Sahu, Chairman, National Solid Waste Association




CXO Quotes


“This is the fourth year we are participating at IFAT India, globally as well we are a part of most editions of the trade fair. The overall experience is that each year there is more and more participation from quality customers and the response is really good. We are looking forward to more Government participation and will be here for IFAT India 2017.”

Poonam Poladia, AGM Marcom, Endress + Hauser



“IFAT India is the right platform to showcase our technology, build our brand, meet industry experts and the newcomers in the market. It helps us establish ourselves in the Indian market.”

Thomas Bevers, Account Development for Water & Waste Water HQ, SIEMENS



“Our company is participating for the first time in IFAT India. Altogether it has been an extraordinary experience here and we look forward to having a long-term association with this trade fair. It provides a great platform for showcasing all the products included in our portfolio.”

Mohammed Ikhlas Rizvi, Marketing Communications Team, Tata Projects



“We have been participating in IFAT India since its inception. It gives us an opportunity to present technologies, network with industry officials and experts related to our business. We are very happy and satisfied with the response that we get at IFAT India and we are looking forward to participating again in the subsequent edition.”

Ajay Popat, President, ION Exchange



“This is the first time we are exhibiting at IFAT India 2016 and this is a very new experience for us as we are meeting new clients, media, government officials and people relevant to our industry. IFAT India acts as a platform for us to showcase our products and new technologies that we are launching in the market, directly to the policy makers and government officials. We are pleased with the response and we hope to exhibit at IFAT India in the next edition.”

S. Thirumoorthi, Associate Vice-President, CRI pumps



“India is facing many environmental challenges that have to be solved urgently. GWP and its partners have the right solutions, that’s why we participate in IFAT India every year. We are very pleased to see the growth of the trade fair in the Indian business environment. For us it is the best place to meet the right decision makers and to exchange knowledge and experience. After this year’s success, we are already looking forward to 2017.”

Christine Von Lonski, General Manager, German Water Partnership

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