The world’s leading trade fair for water, wastewater, waste and raw materials management took place from May 30 to June 3, 2022. 2,984 exhibitors and approximately 119,000 visitors confirmed the show to be the plat -the most important form for environmental technologies.
IFAT Munich 2022: a strong start for climate protection Strong international attendance. (Image source: Messe München GmbH)
“Huge exposure, focused knowledge transfer, networking – IFAT Munich 2022 was pure inspiration and spurred the sustainable transformation of climate-resilient industries and communities,” said Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. . “Having attracted 2,984 exhibitors from 59 countries and around 119,000 visitors from 155 countries, the show approached pre-coronavirus levels, reflecting the great potential of environmental technologies and confirming its position as the world’s leading platform for water, wastewater, waste and raw materials. management.” Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the IFAT Munich Advisory Board, adds: “The strong international attendance at the show during this difficult time has been impressive. It is great to see IFAT restarting so strongly. , because it is a very important and sustainable driver for the circular economy and the environmental industry.
From plastic to water: focus on closed cycles
The circular economy took up more space than ever at the show. At the opening, German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke emphasized: “A well-functioning circular economy preserves primary resources, reduces dependencies and makes a significant contribution to climate and biodiversity protection. My policy aims to contribute to the strengthening of the circular economy at all stages of its cycle and to make environmental protection an attractive economic model.
In total, four special spaces have been specifically dedicated to the circular economy, for example for plastics and building materials. Also for water, the focus has been on sustainable use and closed cycles, for example in industrial production – and in cities, which have to use smart water management to prepare for a drought. extreme weather as well as heavy rain. The show showcased enabling technologies, the conference program featured over 300 experts sharing their knowledge, and there were numerous live demonstrations and walkthroughs of the solutions.
The key figures of the show
IFAT Munich covered a total of 260,000 square meters, occupying all 18 halls and much of the outdoor area of Messe München. 2,984 exhibitors from 59 countries and regions (2018: 3,305/58) and around 119,000 visitors from 155 countries and regions (2018: 142,472/162) came to Munich. Half of the exhibitors and visitors came from abroad. In comparison to the previous event, the strong participation of China and Russia was especially missing. A Start-up Space brought together 49 start-ups from 16 nations. There were 15 joint international pavilions from Europe as well as Japan, Canada, South Korea and the United States. High-ranking political representatives attended the event, including from Egypt, Belgium and Malaysia, as well as environment ministers from Brazil and Singapore and numerous international delegations.
Valuable platform for the environmental industry
“IFAT has not lost its attractiveness for the circular economy industry and will continue to maintain its importance as the world’s leading trade fair in the sector in the future”, explains Max Köttgen, Member of the Board of Directors of REMONDIS. “I am very impressed with the size of the fair, the number of visitors and the unprecedented platform of experts, and I am delighted that we were able to have a number of relevant discussions with our customers and partners”, says Anja Eimer, Head of Water & Waste Water at Siemens. The fair is an “excellent platform to present our products and solutions to the public” (Georg Huber, Chairman of the Board, HUBER), it is the “international fair most important to reflect industry trends based on our sustainability. product and service innovations” (Ottmar Steinebrunner, Managing Director Sales & Service Europe and Americas, Bucher Municipal), and as “the world’s leading trade fair for the municipal sector, it offers an ideal platform to discover our versatile industrial solutions (Dr. Ralf Forcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks).