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Bullish IE expo China bodes well for IFAT

May 2018 belongs to the IFAT trade fairs. Held last week in Shanghai, IE expo China, IFAT’s Chinese spin-off had over 66 000 visitors from 59 countries during the three expo days.
"I could not have imagined a more successful prelude to the IFAT May. The outstanding record figures of this year’s IE expo China emphasize that this trade show is ready to follow in the footsteps of its parent exhibition," said Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, the German organizer of the event.

Keen Asian interest in environmental technologies as over 66 000 visitors converged in Shanghai for this year’s edition of IE expo China, an increase of 21 percent (photo courtesy Messe München).

According to the organizers, the 66 580 visitors, a 21 percent year-on-year increase, came to IE expo China 2018 held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) to catch up on the latest environmental technologies and solutions for the Asian market.

The majority of guests came from the mainland China. Thereafter, the most important countries and regions of origin were South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Germany, Thailand, India, the US, Singapore, and Russia, respectively.

China a driving force of the environmental industry

Commenting the strong turnout Zhao Lijun, President of the China Environment Chamber of Commerce, said that the growth witnessed by IE expo China “reflects the enormous economic power behind the Chinese market for environmental technologies.”

Peter Kurth, President of the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Industry (BDU), concurred.

China is increasingly developing into a driving force of the environmental sector. The numerous governmental initiatives currently in the works underscore the will of the country to establish a sustainable circular economy. The best example is the latest waste import ban. Interest in German-Chinese cooperation for the sustainable recycling economy has been distinctly noticeable at IE expo China, said Kurth.

The import ban was a big issue of discussion at the exhibition: after first import restrictions earlier this year, China recently targeted further types of waste. Next year, 16 types, including e-waste and industrial plastic waste, will be excluded from import; in 2020, 16 others will follow.

The growth reflects the enormous economic power behind the Chinese market  (photo courtesy Messe München).

Interest in the topic of recycling was large, as confirmed by Wang Tao, Vice President of Infore Environment Technology Group

This was the third year in a row that we exhibited at IE expo China. But this year, the amount of interest was enormous. We met a lot of visitors, including partners and customers, said Tao.

The suppliers of water and sewage technologies expressed their satisfaction equally. According to Xu Xiaojun, Sales Manager at Huber Environmental Technology (China), the IE expo China is “big and influential.”

Strengthening its lead in Asia

The trade show also witnessed new all-time highs with regard to exhibitors and floor space: the 1 762 companies presented their solutions for water, waste, air, and soil in an exhibition space of 128 000 square meters.

Under the circumstance of stricter environmental policies, there are urgent demands on high-quality environmental solutions. As the leading environment trade show, IE expo China gets much attention and support of the governments, which reflects its significant role played in the industry, commented Jiang Gang, Managing Director of Messe Muenchen Zhongmao Co., Ltd. commented.

IE expo China also has improved in terms of knowledge exchange: with 400 events the supporting program was more extensive than ever before.

Next industry get-together: IFAT in Munich

The date of the next IE expo China is already slated for April 15 to 17, 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. But first, the industry will meet at the parent event IFAT in Munich, Germany from May 14 to 18, 2018. Attracting more than 3 300 exhibitors, it is the world’s largest and leading innovation platform in the environmental sector.

The bullish response and turnout at IE expo China bodes well for an exceptional IFAT in Munich, Germany next week.

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