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Event Focus-IFAT India 2014

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The second edition of IFAT India to be held in Mumbai will open up huge business opportunities for players in the environment technology market


ndia’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling, IFAT is back for its second outing at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, in Goregaon Mumbai, from October 9-11. IFAT India 2013, the first edition of the fair provided the perfect start. With 4924 trade visitors, 131 exhibitors from 17 countries – and evidence of a strong demand for environmental technology in the Indian market – the show was dubbed an outstanding success.

Now with the newly elected government giving impetus to projects that cater to a sustainable environment there is a great mood of optimism as IFAT India 2014 gets under way.

The fair is expected to provide yet another excellent platform and larger participation from both India and abroad showcasing the full range of environmental technologies and services. It is reported in 2013 62 percent of exhibitors came from countries other than India – this included joint exhibition stands from China, Germany and Switzerland   and saw companies from Belgium, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Spain, Thailand and the United States participating.  A major reason for the hosting of the fair in India is the huge market it offers for players in the environment business. India with population density of 333 persons per sq km and an urbanisation rate of 25 per cent shows tremendous upgrade potential in environment protection and waste management.



Nowhere is the need more manifest than in the area of water. In India, the problem of scarce water resources is expected to intensify with the ever-growing population, industrialisation and agricultural usage. Further rapid industrialisation has contributed to a significant increase in the industrial demand for water which is expected to grow by 17 per cent annually by 2025. India’s demand for water is growing at an alarming rate due to its rapidly growing population and is likely to exert increasing strain on its limited water resources when it reaches a staggering 1.6 billion by 2050 as expected. The huge resource mismatch become evident when we see that India has 4 per cent of water resources of the world while it has to support 16 per cent of the world population, not to mention 15 per cent of the livestock.

The other area which the trade fair addresses is solid waste. Solid waste management in Indian cities has emerged as a major concern over the past few years. The rise in urban population and economic growth in the absence of an effective management mechanism has manifested in the current state of solid waste management in Indian cities which is far from perfect. Given the present situation, the quantum of waste generated in cities especially larger ones with higher population is expected to increase. Industrial solid waste, including hazardous waste, is also increasing at a phenomenal rate. India which generates approximately 36.5 million tonnes of waste annually will see a rise in waste from less than 40,000 metric tonnes per year to over 125,000 metric tonnes by the year 2030.



Against this background the Indian market for environment services is expected to grow to a total volume of 3.2 billion Euros by 2013. Increasing urbanisation and greater environmental consciousness in India are leading to a growing demand for modern environmental technologies and services which in return would result in large investments to develop and upgrade the environmental services.



What are the benefits of exhibiting at IFAT? Exhibiting at IFAT India is an extremely effective way to placing the products in front of current and potential customers in a highly influential environment and to establish and enhance the displayers foothold in a competitive environment. The exhibition affords an ideal opportunity to build prospective databases and maintain relationships with existing customers. It is an appropriate platform to strengthen and showcase the exhibitor’s brand. The event is a perfect launch for new products and allows the exhibitor access to one of the highly buoyant markets of Asia and to find channel partners and distributors. It offers an opportunity for companies in the environmental space to meet decision makers from urban local bodies 



Water extraction and treatment: Drilling equipment, well construction and repair, well monitoring, process water and rain water harvesting, sea water desalinasation, rainwater collection, machinery and equipment for irrigation and drainage Water and sewage treatment:  Mechanical physical process, separator systems; rakes, screens and filters, sewage treatment plants, chemical physical processes, biochemical processes, treatment of sludge and residues.


Water distribution and sewers: Pipes/ pipelines; Shafts/special structures/techniques; sewer construction and rehabilitation; Sewer inspection, cleaning and maintenance; pumps, lifting tackle; outlets and fittings; fittings/valves; water pipeline cleansing


Refuse disposal and recycling: Refuse sorting, collection and transport vehicles and superstructures; Urban road cleaning and maintenance machines, refuse treatment (mechanical, biological and thermal treatment) and recycling; treatment and disposal of hazardous waste; treatment and disposal of infectious medical waste; treatment and recycling of electronic waste; landfills; plants and equipment for the recycling and utilisation of raw materials; general purpose equipment, devices and accessories;  technology and power generation units; transmission engineering; accessories and wear parts; waste suppliers, distributors and traders


Generating energy from waste materials: Biogas plants/fermentation, components; utilisation of landfill gas; Substrate processing, transport and feed systems; Gas transport, treatment and utilisation; treatment of fermentation waste materials; Biomass logistics; Heat recovery from waste water; waste heat and waste pressure utilisation


Energy efficiency technologies, services and products within the range of water, sewage, refuse and recycling: Energy saving and emission reduction result display; Industrial energy saving technologies and equipments (primary and secondary processes); Energy saving services and energy management contracts; other energy saving technologies and products


Decontamination of old sites/soil treatment: Registration, evaluating and monitoring contaminated soil, groundwater and buildings; treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater.


Air pollution control and noise reduction Flue- gas scrubbing and air extraction Noise reduction / Sound insulation


Measuring, control and laboratory technology: Measuring technology; analysis/laboratory technology, control technology, process tech for water, sewage, refuse and air.


Visitor profile: A major plus of the event is the turnout in large numbers of officials from key government ministries like Water Resources, Urban Development, PWD, Environment and Forests and organisations like the Jal Board, Pollution Control Boards, Municipal Corporations; technocrats, advisors and policy makers, distributors and dealers, manufacturers and system integrators, CEO’s and decision makers, builders, EPC
contractors and architects, rating and funding agencies, engineering firms, education and research institutes, NGOs, scientist from the environment protection sector, utility heads of industries like beverages, cement, fertilizer plants, automotive, building and housing development, food processing, hospitals, hotels and clubs, paints, pharmaceuticals, power plants, refineries, steel plants, plastics, pulp and paper, rubber, sugar, textiles, garments and tanneries, not to forget  energy supply and energy transport companies



Messe München already organises two established events for the environmental sector: IFAT in Munich, the world’s largest environmental technology trade fair, and IE expo in Shanghai.

IFAT was launched in 1966 in Munich, Germany. Since its first edition, IFAT has been growing from strength to strength with 151 exhibitors to 2,939 2012 breaking all records. This is good evidence that not only has the show grown in size but has also been adaptable to the market needs. Today, the IFAT Brand consists of three shows: IFAT in Munich, IE expo in China and IFAT in India.

Since then IFAT product range has been adapted continuously to the market requirements. In the 70’s the product range was extended by the topic waste treatment and recycling. At the end of the 70’s street cleaning and winter road services was included in the product range. In the 90’s the product categories were extended at water supply – also from private providers. The two topics biogas (since 2008) and thermal treatment (since 2010) amend the waste-to-energy sector. Irrigation and drainage was introduced in 2012 as a new product group.

IFAT India is an important B2B platform with a wide coverage of all relevant environmental sectors water, sewage, refuse, recycling and energy conservation management industry in India. The annual event aims at providing an excellent international platform to showcase the full range of environmental technologies and services, with a comprehensive product portfolio from basic to highly sophisticated machinery and environmental solutions both from domestic and international exhibitors.


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