The trade show successful brought together all the stakeholders in the water, sewage, refuse and recycling segments
IFAT India 2017, which recently was held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, brought together local and international representatives from associations and, state governments, industry leaders and leading companies to highlight and discuss challenges and solutions in the water, sewage, refuse and recycling sector.
The event, organised by Messe Muenchen, was inaugurated by Vijay Shivtare, Water Minister of Maharashtra; Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); Ann Ollestad, Consul General, The Royal Norwegian Embassy; Ulrika Sundberg, Sweden Consul General; Roland Knitschky, German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) among other industry players.
FAT India is one India's leading trade fairs for water, wastewater, waste and recycling. The trade show provided an enormous platform to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.
The three-day trade show saw over 184 participants from 18 countries. Some of the top participants included market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and much more. China, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland were the few international country pavilions that were featured in the 2017 edition.
Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said, “India has an immense potential for environmental protection and waste management. Scarce water resources, rapid industrialisation, extensive agriculture and enormous waste volumes pose a great challenge to the country. Thus, the 5th edition of IFAT India focused on the latest environmental issues and their solutions. We saw a great response from national and international participants and we hope to keep delivering a better trade show every year.”
The trade fair witnessed technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts - both from India and overseas - who shared their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There was also a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show.
The Products in Practice session provided exhibitors with a unique interactive way to showcase their product highlights. The innovations were presented in a realistic working situation and thereby impressed the visitors with an eye-catching experience. Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners concurrently organised multiple interactive programs, to name a few - Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.
IFAT India also hosted a conference of environmental technologies conference in association with TERI, which focused on issues related to air pollution, solid waste management and urban water management in the context of sustainable development.