IFAT India 2015 promotes India’s environmental upswing
The market for environmental technology in India holds great promise for foreign investors. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also affirmed this on her latest visit to India. The success of IFAT India 2015, which came to a close on October 15 in Mumbai, was further proof: India’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling attracted many national and international exhibitors and visitors.
The agreements on environmental protection, signed by the German Chancellor and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the chancellor's visit also had a positive effect on the mood at IFAT India. “This year´s IFAT India has maintained its position in a challenging market environment. Exhibitors and visitors alike were encouraged by the confidence of our chancellor in the Indian market,” commented Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. In the future, Germany and India will be working more closely together on environmental protection and in particular intensifying their cooperation in waste and water management.
Between October 13 and 15, the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai was, for the third time, transformed into a showcase for the latest environmental technology and solutions. One hundred and thirty six exhibitors took part in IFAT India 2015. A very high percentage of them – 56 percent – were from outside India. Country pavilions from Austria, China, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland were featured at the show.
“IFAT India is like a missing link between the Indian government and the private sector, uniting them to promote a clean India and a green future. We look forward to participating in the next edition,” said Rutger De Bruijn, organizer of the Netherlands Pavilion.
The figures for attendance confirm the attractiveness of IFAT India 2015. More than 4,300 quality visitors came to the Bombay Exhibition Centre for the three days of the show. Igor Palka, COO of MMI India, is also proud of this event: “As a spin-off from the leading international trade fair IFAT in Munich, IFAT India is synonymous with professionalism and quality. Our exhibitors this year confirmed precisely that; they were very pleased with the high quality of the visitors and the keen interest shown in the products and solutions at the fair.”
“There have been positive changes in the environment industry. We are happy to be associated with IFAT India and with the response we have achieved. The business opportunities that we received at the trade fair were remarkable. We will definitely participate in the next edition,” said Mr. Nishant Thakre, CMG Head, ION Exchange India Ltd.
Also attracting great interest was the scientific and technical conference program. Speakers from all over the world gave the trade audience the benefit of their expertise on topical subjects in the environmental sector. This year one of the main issues was the current shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector. On the “Capacity Development Day” the possible solutions were discussed and options set out for corresponding training and qualification. Special awards for young people and skills development sessions rounded off the educational offering.
Another highlight was the “All India Environmental Journalism Competition”. Each year awards are presented on the first day of IFAT India for outstanding journalism dealing with environmental themes on the Indian subcontinent.
The next IFAT India takes place from September 28 to 30, 2016 in Mumbai.