MUNICH, Germany, May 20, 2012 -- After best ever figures for exhibitor numbers and exhibition space, IFAT ENTSORGA set a new record with approximately 125,000 visitors, up from 109,589 visitors in 2010. Dr Johannes F. Kirchhoff, Chairman of the IFAT ENTSORGA Advisory Board and Managing Partner of FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG said: "IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 is remarkable for its large visitor numbers -- significantly more guests than at the previous trade fair in 2010. The international customer profile also experienced outstanding growth."
Of the 125,000 visitors, approximately 75,000 were domestic with a good 50,000 from abroad. In addition to Germany, the top ten visitor countries were -- in this order -- Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Russian Federation, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland and Spain. Georg Huber, Chief Executive Officer of HUBER SE, confirmed that "IFAT ENTSORGA is the most important trade fair in the world. The trade fair turned in yet another impressive performance in 2012 in terms of its diverse international profile and very good visitor numbers."
A total of 2,939 exhibitors from 54 countries (2010: 2,730 exhibitors from 49 nations) were presenting on 215,000 square meters (2010: 195,000 square meters) from May 7 to 11, 2012 in Munich.
A further highlight was again the conference program, as confirmed by the poll conducted by tns infratest: 97 percent of visitors to the events program scored it "good" to "excellent." More than 16,000 visitors took part in the approximately 320 lectures and discussions on top topics such as Mega Cities, Water Management, Phosphorus Recycling from Sewage Sludge, the Closed Substance Cycle and Waste Management Act or Waste-to-Energy.
Internationality, quality, solutions -- IFAT ENTSORGA is the industry "must" in every respect: 91 percent of exhibiting companies scored the flagship quality of the most important trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management "good" to "excellent." Josef Heissenberger, Chairman of the Board of Komptech, Austria: "IFAT ENTSORGA is the only internationally important trade fair in the recycling technology arena. As such, the public's international credentials were also top notch and our stand was very well attended." Joachim Foerderer, CEO of Passavant-Geiger added: "For Passavant-Geiger, IFAT ENTSORGA again proved to be an ideal platform for our sales activities. Our appearance again confirmed our belief that this trade fair has retained its position as the world's leading trade fair."
The next IFAT ENTSORGA will take place from May 5-9, 2014.
Additional information can be found at www.ifat.de
About Messe München International
Messe München International is one of the world's leading trade show companies. In Munich alone it organizes around 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods, and key high tech industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and around two million visitors take part in the events held in the New Munich Trade Fair Center, the ICM -- International Congress Center Munich, and in the MOC Event and Order Center. The leading international trade fairs of Messe München International are all FKM-certified, i.e. exhibitor and visitor numbers and the figures for exhibition space are collected in line with agreed standards and independently audited on behalf of the FKM (Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen), a society for the voluntary monitoring of fair and exhibition statistics. In addition, Messe München International organizes trade shows 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 show company to be awarded energy efficiency certification from the technical inspection authorities TÜV SÜD.