The ongoing high level of demand from companies wishing to exhibit at IFAT 2016 is impressive confirmation of the high status of the sector’s No. 1 global innovations platform and trade fair for environmental technology. The event takes place between May 30 and June 3, 2016 at the Messe München exhibition center. Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München GmbH, is very satisfied with developments so far and is optimistic “that we will again be able to welcome over 3000 exhibitors in Munich. In some sections of the fair, we have waiting lists. We are very pleased about this further rise in interest, in particular from abroad.”
IFAT is a very impressive and long-running success story: It started out back in 1966, under the name of “International Trade Fair for Sewage Technology”, as a presentation platform for the industry. 147 exhibitors from nine countries and 7650 visitors from 40 countries participated in that first 18 000 m² display. At that time the event was still relatively modest in scale. Over the years it has grown tremendously, in all sections – including in the recently added sections on water supply, recycling and technology for municipal services. For the coming event in 2016, IFAT will be taking up a total of 230 000 m² of exhibition space. 115 000 m² of this is dedicated to the section on water and sewage, and 115 000 m² to recycling and municipal technologies. More than 135 000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management.
With this number of exhibitors and visitors, and such a large exhibition area, good planning and preparation is essential. An important tool in this is the directory of exhibitors at the show, available at www.ifat.de/exhibitordirectory. This also contains a site plan (under “Trade Fair Venue”) which gives a first impression of the layout of the exhibition, both indoors and outdoors. The “Exhibitor Search” function provides detailed information on the exhibitors, their products and services. And there’s also a “Reminder List” for making a note of key information.
IFAT has now expanded its reach beyond the world-leading event that sets standards every two years in Munich: It now has a global presence. This started with the creation of IE expo in China and IFAT India, and last year not one but two new events were added to this portfolio, with the successful premieres of IFAT Eurasia in Turkey and the IFAT Environmental Technology Forum in South Africa.