Scarce water resources, rapid industrialisation, extensive agriculture and enormous waste volumes pose a great challenge to the country. IFAT India 2017, India's leading trade fair for water, sewage, reuse and recycling, was held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from September 26-28, 2017.
IFAT India 2017 was a three-day trade show with over 180 exhibitors from 18 countries. Among them were market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition also featured country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The trade show provided an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.
Vijay Shivtare, Water Minister, Maharashtra, said, “India continues to face multiple challenges, in the areas of the environment, water and waste management. Mumbai and Pune together, generate over 12,000 tonne of waste, which could be a great opportunity for the industry to get into a BOT kind of an arrangement to recycle and transform waste to energy. India, being a largely agricultural economy, would also look at innovative solutions, which would also need to be sustainable and affordable. IFAT India 2017, provides the perfect platform for the various stakeholders from the industry and the government to congregate and discuss possibilities.”
The trade fair witnessed technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas – shared their knowledge with the audience at the innovation exchange. There was also a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show.
On the inaugural of IFAT India 2017, Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India, said, “IFAT India offers a perfect platform to showcase and introduce various latest technologies and products especially for the Indian market. We have seen IFAT India grow exponentially in terms of the quantity and quality of people attending this trade fair and are overwhelmed by this year’s participation, national and international. IFAT India also provides a platform where innovative technologies tackling Indian environmental issues are showcased and solutions to issues related to environment, waste, and sewage recycling were discussed with industry experts and key players.”
The Active Learning Centre, a new platform showcasing products in action, which was successfully introduced to the participants of IFAT India 2016, was continued in 2017. This interactive element of the event offers innovative approach to network with both visitors and other experts of the environmental technologies sector.
The Products in Practice sessions provided exhibitors with a unique insight on how the products are used in reality, as the innovations were presented in a realistic working situation visitors were able to ask individual questions while having an eye-catching experience.
Along with the trade exhibition, IFAT INDIA with its partners concurrently organised multiple interactive sessions in the supporting program, to name a few - air quality management workshop by Sustainable Development Goals Foundation; workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by International Solid Waste Association; and biogas panel by German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association.