World Water Event

Arguably the world’s broadest and most comprehensive trade fair for water, IFAT ENTSORGA comes around once every two years. The trade fair covers innovations, new developments and services in the fields of water, sewage, waste and raw materials. It will take place Sept. 13 to 17, 2010, in Munich, Germany, at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre.

Messe München Intl. and the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry (BDE), Europe’s largest association of waste, water and recycling businesses, are collaborating to present the 2010 event. As part of this cooperation, the successful concept pursued so far at IFAT will be continued, with greater emphasis on areas of raw materials recovery and utilization as well as private operators.

In 2008, this conference set a new record for attendance, with 2,605 exhibitors from 41 countries and around 120,000 trade visitors from 170 countries. Based on current numbers, an even greater turnout is anticipated this year. IFAT has witnessed impressive growth in the sector for water extraction and water and sewage treatment, which will occupy an entire hall more than the 2008 conference did. Among others, the sector’s key companies, such as Andritz, Huber, Kemira, Norit, Passavant-Geiger and Siemens, will be present. A preliminary exhibitor list and product index are available online.

Reach Out
Forums allow exhibitors and trade associations to make presentations and hold panel discussions on the latest product developments, trends and market analyses that pertain to IFAT ENTSORGA’s themes. The country specials are an ideal platform for developing and strengthening business ties, technology transfer and the international exchange of ideas and information among scientists and business representatives from around the world. Entry to the forums is free of charge, and all lectures will be translated simultaneously into German and English.

Organizers of IFAT said the objective is to make the 2010 fair more international than ever before. To help reach the needs of so many nations, IFAT will host various conferences, symposia and workshops throughout the week, along with the forums. Experts representing trade associations, ministries, government agencies and other industry organizations will present at these different events, which is indicative of IFAT’s aim to give visitors multifaceted insights and comprehensive orientation in many industry segments.

A few areas of special value to WWD subscribers are water and sewage treatment, mechanical-physical process, chemical-physical process, treatment of sludge and residues, pipes and shafts and pumps.

Extensive Education
The Research & Education Area will return to IFAT this year. Another must-see for water and wastewater professionals: the 15th International Symposium: Water, Wastewater, Waste, Energy—which is organized by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste—coincides with IFAT ENTSORGA and will offer field trips, a manhole rescue competition, Young Water Professionals gathering and more. Special sessions at that conference include Landfill, Emerging Issues in Wastewater Technologies, Management of Biosolids, Sewer Rehabilitation and Industrial Wastewater Treatment.

Elizabeth Lisican is associate editor for Water & Wastes Digest. Lisican can be reached at elisican@sgcmail.com or at 847.954.7958.

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