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World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management


IFAT ENTSORGA 2012, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management, takes place from 7 to 11 May 2012 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. The last time the world’s most important trade fair for innovations, new developments and services in the fields of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management was held, it attracted 2,730 exhibitors from 49 countries and 109,589 visitors from 186 countries. The statistics for the fair are independently audited by Ernst & Young AG on behalf of the Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen (FKM), a society for the voluntary control of fair and exhibition statistics.

Dates: 7 - 11 May 2012
Location: New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany

The show takes up all the exhibition halls for the first time
A good five months before May IFAT ENTSORGA was fully booked. IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 will be covering a total of 215,000 square meters of exhibition space (180,000 m2 indoors and 35,000 m2 outdoors), and that will set a new record for the show. In terms of exhibitors, the number will exceed the 2,730 that took part in the last IFAT ENTSORGA.

"We are particularly pleased in this context with the response from exhibitors from abroad. A total of 27 international joint stands are registered, from 17 countries (2010: 18 international pavilions from 13 countries). Canada, Japan, Norway, Russia and Spain are taking joint stands for the first time," said Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München. "These strong participation figures, resulting in fully booked halls, show clearly that the companies - in Germany and around the world - regard IFAT ENTSORGA as the leading trade fair for their sector."

Sewer rehabilitation: Markets worth billions in public and private pipes
Inspection, leak tightness testing and rehabilitation of sewers is an eco-political necessity and economic challenge Although not a popular subject, it is nevertheless essential. We are talking about sewer rehabilitation - a topic that, even if it takes place "underground", is very important to local authorities. Everything to do with injection, relining, insertion and coating processes, plus pipe leak tightness tests and sewer inspection equipment will be displayed on a total of 16,000 square meters of exhibition space.

Almost one fifth of all stretches of sewer between inspection stations in Germany have damage requiring short- to medium-term rehabilitation. In order to preserve as much of these major infrastructural facilities as possible, local authorities plan to invest an average of 8,000 euros per year for each kilometer of the sewer network. This was one of the findings in a survey of German cities and municipalities conducted by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA) in 2009. The results were published at the end of last year in a report entitled "Survey on the condition of the sewer system in Germany 2009".


The DWA identified a series of trends: when rehabilitating sewers, contracting authorities are focusing increasingly on trenchless procedures. Completely replacing the old sewers is becoming less common; instead it is often the case that only the damaged areas are being remedied. In addition to these one-off repairs, maintenance measures that improve the good working order of the selected segment of sewer overall are still being employed, with relining still by far the main procedure carried out. According to DWA research, sewer rehabilitation costs per meter for renovation procedures and sewer renewal have risen appreciably. The Association sees one reason for this in higher quality requirements; however in turn these will pay off with greater durability and a longer service life for the rehabilitated sewers.

"In many places there is a touch of the “gold rush” in the business of inspecting and rehabilitating property drainage systems," reports Roland W. Waniek, Managing Director of IKT, Institute for Underground Infrastructure. “This is largely due to the fact that so far four federal states, Hamburg, Hesse, North-Rhine Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, have created legal regulations on leak tightness testing for private sewage pipes.” Under the laws and directives, compulsory initial testing of all property pipes is to take place by 2015 or by 2025. If these regulations were also to apply to the more than 47.5 million buildings in the whole of Germany, this would constitute a huge market volume. “If all connection pipes and main pipes were to be tested for leak tightness according to DIN 1986-30, German property owners alone would have to pay between 14 and 24 billion euros,” calculates Waniek. “If we then assume a damage quota of 70 percent and average rehabilitation costs of 3,000 euros for each building affected, the rehabilitation cost for the whole of Germany would come to just under 100 billion euros."

Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München

First-class events program
A high-caliber events program is again flanking the range of products and services showcased at IFAT ENTSORGA 2012. On all five days of the fair, the forums in Halls A5 and C1 will be featuring country and theme specials, panel discussions and presentations by exhibitors.

Country Specials
In line with the international character of IFAT ENTSORGA a number of Country Specials are being put on in the program. The Africa-Maghreb Region, Russia and Turkey will feature in three Country Specials being organized by Messe München in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Water Partnership. And together with the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health, the company is hosting an event to explore in greater depth the developments in Canada and India. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) is also a co-organizer of the latter. The Country Special on the Arab Regions is being carried out in cooperation with the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA).

Theme Specials
In addition the partners of IFAT ENTSORGA will be turning the spotlight on a range of special themes. For example, the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry (BDE - Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft e.V.) is organizing panel discussions on EU regulations, the law on product recycling and waste management, recovery and recycling and biowaste and how to use it. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the German Water Partnership and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research are putting on a panel discussion on the subject of capacity development in international markets, looking in particular at the involvement of German industry in education and training in water management. The UmweltCluster Bayern is also active at IFAT ENTSORGA and organizing a panel discussion on "Waste to Energy" in cooperation with the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology.

16th International Symposium
The "16th International Symposium Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Energy" is being held within the framework of IFAT ENTSORGA 2012. This is a joint initiative, organized by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA - Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall) in cooperation with the European Water Association (EWA), the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the waste management and city cleaning section of the association of public utilities companies (Verband Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung im VKU). The event, taking place from May 7 to 10 in the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München, offers a diverse trade program on themes in sustainable water and waste management.

Mega Cities - Mega Chances
A special event on "Mega Cities - Mega Chances" is on the program the very first day of the fair. In four theme blocks experts will be exploring the problems of global urbanization and examining solutions. The experts include, for example, Dr. Michael Denkel, a partner at Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, and Professor Dr.-Ing. Xiaohu Dai, Director of the National Engineering Research Center for Urban Pollution Control at Tongji University in Shanghai.

Attendance at the symposia and the forums is free of charge. Simultaneous interpretation (German/English) is provided at all the lectures.

GeoBioEnergy Conference
Another highlight is the premiere of the GeoBioEnergy Conference, which takes place on 9 and 10 May, also in the ICM. On the first day operators will be reporting on their experiences with geothermal power stations. There will also be a review of how geothermal heat can be made usable. On the second day the focus switches to the production of biogas from biogenic waste and the efficient use of waste wood for energy.

Messe München International
Messe München International is one of the world's leading trade-fair companies. In Munich alone it organises around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and over two million visitors take part in the events held in the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, the ICM – International Congress Centre Munich, and in the M,O,C, Events and Order Centre. In addition, Messe München International organises trade fairs in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. With six subsidiaries in Europe and Asia and more than 60 foreign representatives actively serving over 90 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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