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IFAT 2014 most successful show ever

IFAT 2014 most successful show ever

IFAT 2014, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management was held from May 5-9 in Munich, Germany. München, this year's show was "more successful than ever before", breaking several records.    

IFAT 2014 hosted over 135,000 visitors from approximately 170 countries, as well as 3,081 exhibitors from 59 nations. Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München, says he was overwhelmed with the response: “IFAT has broken all previous records. We were able to welcome more than 135,000 visitors from all over the world to this event. That is impressive.”

IFAT also covered 230,000 square meters of exhibition space, a new record. (The 2012 show covered 215,000 square meters).

On the exhibitor side, too, a new record was reached for international participation, at 44 percent – which is a rise of five percentage points above 2012.

According to Messe Munchen, these impressive figures underline once more IFAT’s position as the No. 1 trade show for the sector. In total 92 percent of the exhibiting companies rated the flagship character of IFAT, the world’s most important environmental technology show, as “good” or “excellent”.

Dr. Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Advisory Board of IFAT and Managing Partner of FAUN Umwelttechnik, agreed “that this IFAT has been one of the most interesting and successful trade shows yet. The expansion to the exhibition space and the very good figures for visitors show that we are on the right track.”

With around 60,000 visitors from outside Germany ( up from 49,840 in 2012) – this year’s IFAT had the highest proportion of visitors from abroad in the history of the event. The top ten countries of origin for visitors, after Germany, were (in this order): Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Russian Federation, Spain and Great Britain.

Rainer Köhler, Board Member of Huber SE, with responsibility for sales, summed up his thoughts on the show: “Again this year IFAT has proved itself to be THE trade show for us. What was particularly important for us was the large number of visitors from Germany, but also the rise in the number of visitors from abroad.”

Peter Funke, Managing Director at Werner Doppstadt, underlined this: “The international spread among the visitors was excellent. We had visitors at our booth from all the 45 countries that we cover with our representatives.” And Sergej Pesin, Managing Director of Ekoton Industrial Group, added: “IFAT 2014 has become a key stage in the implementation of our company’s international strategy. At our booth we had in-depth talks with many international visitors.”

IFAT reports that exhibitors were also pleased with the high quality of the visitors, as confirmed in the survey conducted by TNS Infratest: 94 percent of the exhibiting companies found the quality of the visitors to be “good” or “excellent”.

Herwart Wilms, Managing Director of Remondis, commented: “This year again the audience was very international and had a high level of decision-making competence. As a result we were able to engage in lots of interesting and business-orientated talks.”

Varinder Dhoot, Managing Director of Kirloskar Brothers Europe, confirmed: “The quality of the visitors at this year’s IFAT was very good and very business-orientated. We made serious new contacts.”

Neil McCartney, Managing Director of Macpactor, said; “I have been exhibiting at trade shows around the world for the last 35 years and I can honestly say that IFAT is the best I have ever done.”

The next IFAT takes place from May 30 to June 3, 2016 in Munich.

Messe München International Messe München International is one of the
world´s leading trade show companies. In Munich alone it organizes around 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods, and key high tech industries.

Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and around two million visitors take part in the events held at the Messe München exhibition center, the ICM – International Congress Center München, and in the MOC Veranstaltungscenter München. The leading international trade fairs of Messe München International are all independently audited. In addition, Messe München International organizes trade shows in China, India, Turkey and South Africa. With a combination of affiliates abroad – in Europe, Asia and in Africa – and over 60 foreign representatives actively serving over 100 countries, Messe München International has a worldwide business network. The Group also takes a pioneering role as regards sustainability: It is the first trade-fair company to be awarded energy-efficiency certification from the technical inspection authorities TÜV SÜD.  

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