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A record-breaking IFAT Munich 2024

A record-breaking IFAT Munich 2024
The outdoor demos at IFAT Munich 2024 showcased numerous, grinding, shredding, chipping, and sifting solutions from a variety of international technology providers.

IFAT Munich 2024, which took place from May 13-17, 2024, in Munich, Germany attached top attendance as around 142,000 visitors from nearly 170 countries and regions attended what is the world's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste, and raw materials management.

According to figures from the organizers, Messe München, the share of international visitors was over 50 percent, the highest share ever.

The number of international exhibitors also reached a new record: 55 percent of the 3,211 exhibitors came from abroad.

Companies from a total of 61 countries and regions took part in the trade fair. With 300,000 square meters (30 hectares) of space, IFAT Munich 2024 was also physically the largest ever.

Industry highlights innovation leadership

IFAT Munich provides encouragement and gives us strength for the future. The challenges of our time, such as the climate crisis or the shortage of raw materials, can only be solved with technology. Whether it’s the transformation of municipalities towards more climate resilience or industry towards a more circular economy: IFAT Munich is the event that presents solutions for our future. I am delighted that IFAT Munich has received more attention than ever this year, from politics and business to associations and companies, said Stefan Rummel, CEO of Messe München.

For the Chairman of the IFAT Munich Advisory Board, Dr Johannes F. Kirchhoff, this year’s event was “an absolute highlight. Where else can you meet the most important representatives from the industry from all over the world in just five days? I am very impressed by the variety of technologies and innovations that were presented here. The environmental technology sector is undoubtedly one of the most innovative industries at the moment—this was clearly demonstrated here at IFAT Munich.”

“Immense challenges for the circular economy”

The key issues at IFAT Munich 2024 centered around how the world can adapt to climate change and actively protect the environment, for example, by achieving international climate protection targets.

The circular economy plays a key role, as it can help to effectively reduce the (primary) raw materials that need to be used.

In an increasingly technological world with ever more complex products, the circular economy is facing immense challenges. At IFAT, we can discuss these issues with customers, partners, and new contacts and work on solutions together. IFAT is an important forum for us as a group because it combines the relevant topics and issues of the water and recycling industries in the most efficient way, said Thomas Conzendorf, member of the Remondis Management Board.

Adapting to climate change is essential

Communities play a special role on the path to better climate resilience. When it comes to dealing with heavy rainfall and flooding, extreme heat, and water shortages, they rely on effective technological solutions.

IFAT Munich 2024 was once again a very good platform for mutual exchange and for advancing developments in various industries. Water and wastewater management, waste and recycling industries are very important for promoting the circular economy and climate resilience. Water, energy, the environment, and climate are among the most important issues of our time. My personal impression of this year’s IFAT is very positive: At our Huber booth we had many interested visitors from our relevant areas: Wastewater treatment plant operators, sewage treatment plant operators, planners, engineering offices, representatives from local authorities and industry, and many more from Germany and abroad, said Rainer Köhler, CEO of Huber SE.

Environmental technologies — a global issue

The importance of the topics and environmental technologies presented at IFAT Munich is also demonstrated by the increased internationality, especially from overseas.

China ranked third among the exhibitors this year with strong participation. The country is also in the top ten in visitor numbers. We have also seen strong growth in visitors from the United States, Australia, India, Japan, and South Korea. Environmental technologies and solutions are the growth market worldwide and IFAT Munich is THE platform, explains Philipp Eisenmann, Exhibition Director of IFAT Munich.

The next IFAT Munich will be held at the exhibition center in Munich, Germany, May 4-8, 2026.

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