New Hub for Turkish Environmental Technology Industry

28.04.2015

IFAT Eurasia, which took place at the Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Ankara from April 16 to 18, celebrated its successful conclusion with 11,000 visitors. Overall, 243 exhibitors from 19 countries participated in the premiere of the new environmental technology trade fair for the Eurasian market.

Highly professional visitors

Moreover, the premiere showed that choosing to hold the fair in Ankara, the seat of the Turkish government, was also the right decision. Delegations from a number of countries, including several neighboring states, attended IFAT Eurasia, underscoring how significant this event is for Turkey and the Eurasian region. Amongst others, delegations came from Greece, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Rumania, the Russian Federation and Tunisia—and some were led by prominent officials such as secretaries, mayors and lord mayors.

Exhibitors emphasized concrete demand as well as the professionalism of the visitors. The show served as a forum for new business contacts, sales talks and actual transactions.

The IFAT Eurasia supporting program, which featured a number of conferences, lectures and panel discussions, was also very popular. For the first time, German Water Partnership (GWP) presented their GWP Award Turkey, which honors the outstanding work of Turkish engineers in the field of sustainable wastewater management.

International industry gathered in Ankara

On the exhibitors’ side, too, the international industry gathered in Ankara. A total of 243 exhibitors from 19 countries showcased the latest solutions and products for the environmental technology sector on 12,000 square meters of exhibition space indoors and 3,500 square meters outdoors. 62 percent of the exhibitors were from countries other than Turkey such as (in this order) Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Italy, China, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

The fair’s international character was further underscored by a total of six pavilions from Austria, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Several exhibitors also presented machines and oversized exhibits at the outdoor exhibition site, which was very well received.

Stefan Rummel, Managing Director at Messe München, is satisfied: “We are pleased with these extremely positive results over the last three days. IFAT Eurasia is the second event that Messe München has held in Turkey, and its premiere proved that taking a step into this new market was the right decision. An entirely new center for the environmental technology industry has been established here.”

Osman Bayazit Genç, Managing Director of MMI Eurasia, elaborates: “Our exhibitors and partners are enthused: IFAT Eurasia already is an international brand. In particular, we are very pleased about the many visitors from the Eurasian region.”

The next IFAT Eurasia takes place in the spring of 2017.

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