POLLUTEC 2002: Minimum of 5% Growth of this Major International Environment Event

05.11.2002

It is expected that the 18th Pollutec, to be held in Lyons (France) from 26th to 29th November 2002, will break all records for participation. Two months before it opens and despite two expansions in area of nearly 10,000 gross square metres, the show is virtually full and has exceeded the forecast of 5% growth compared with the 2000 show. There will be a total of 2,250 exhibitors.

Over 60,000 trade visitors are expected. These of course include industrialists (about 50%) - especially from the building and civil engineering, chemical, mechanics and food industry sectors - local authority managers, and also design offices and research organizations …

100,000 m2 of environment solutions

Occupying an area of 100,000 m2, the show will offer a complete survey of the solutions available in the fields of water, waste, recycling as well as air, energy, soil decontamination, clean technologies, analysis/measurement/monitoring, industrial cleaning...

All the French players in the environment will be represented, from major international groups to innovative small businesses. However, Pollutec will also welcome large numbers of foreign exhibitors.

12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada/Quebec, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, Luxemburg, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom/Scotland) will have national stands this year. Newcomers include Korea (a stand with 4 companies and the national environment protection agency) and China, with a stand organized by the Chinese Agency for the Protection of the Environment. In total, more than 650 foreign companies are expected at Pollutec.

2 major sectors: Water and Waste

The management and treatment of water and waste together account for 70% of the area. This reflects the structure of the French market, where these sectors represent 3/4 of French environment industry turnover, estimated at Euro 29 billion in 2000 (Source: Ministry of Industry - March 2002).

Water will, as always, be the leading sector in terms of exhibitor numbers. Over 500 companies will be present including such big international names as Suez, Vivendi, Saur… Second in terms of exhibitor numbers (over 400) but first in terms of space, waste will occupy 4 exhibition halls and will include many newcomers in the fields of collection, industrial waste treatment and specialist services. These markets look set to be particularly strong in France this year, with a sharp recovery in investments and overall growth estimated at more than 8% (source: BIPE/ADEME).

Emerging markets take substantial space

To satisfy visitor expectations, Pollutec is making substantial space available to promising markets such as the prevention and management of risks. Launched in 2001, and instantly propelled to the top of the agenda by the AZF accident in Toulouse, this sector of the show has literally "exploded" this year and will occupy nearly 2,000 m2 of space.

Clean or renewable sources of energy (biomass, solar, wind, co-generation…) will also be present in force. Their expansion is guaranteed, since they currently only account for 5% of final energy consumption in France… whereas the European Directive sets a target of 22% in 2010!

Other growth sectors at the show include: coastal development and protection and noise, a market that has become highly promising in response to public pressure - which ranks it fourth amongst its environmental concerns - and legislation.

Enhanced international impact

Pollutec has long been one of the leading international environment exhibitions but this year it will undoubtedly set a new record for international participation. Several major international events will be held in conjunction with the show:A Chinese Day (27th - 28th November), organized in partnership with ADEME, Action Internationale and the Lyons CCI, it will include a technical discussion on the subject of "the industrial management of solid urban waste in China", exchanges about the markets and business meetings.

The North-South meetings for technological co-operation for the climate and sustainable development, which are following on from the Kyoto Protocol; with a day of papers, conferences and technology meetings on 26th November at Pollutec. Participants will include numerous decision makers from developing countries who have been invited to these Meetings.

A conference on "The state of the environment in Poland and the nature of the sector's investment requirements" (26th November, afternoon), followed, throughout the show by presentations - on the Polish stand - of the expertise of Polish companies who are looking for partners.

A conference staged by the Ministry of the Environment of Benin, one of the countries Pollutec 2002 is focusing on, on the new partnership opportunities offered by Benin in the field of the environment and urban management (27th November)…

A round table on business opportunities for European companies in Thailand (27th November)

Foreign research in the environment field will also be under the spotlight in the Research-Industry Space at the show. This space is intended to encourage partnerships between public research laboratories and industry. Out of the 62 research projects selected this year by the scientific jury, 9 were submitted by foreign laboratories: 3 Belgian, 2 Algerian, 2 Tunisian, 1 Swedish and 1 Egyptian.

Important foreign delegations are expected this year, especially from Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa, Subsaharan Africa, Canada, Asia and, last but not least, China. The Chinese Day will involve officials from the Chinese Ministry of the Environment, the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST), the National Agency for the Protection of the Environment, the Ministry of Construction and the provinces of Shanghai, Canton, Jiangsu…

Numerous VIP visits have also been announced, including ones by the Minister of the Environment for Brussels capital territory, Wallonia, the United Kingdom, Quebec, Benin, Burkina Faso, and the Chinese and Polish deputy Environment Ministers …

New services for foreign visitors

In order to help international visitors make the most of the visit to the show and to identify useful contacts more easily, Pollutec has developed a range of new services for them this year:

  • An International Reception, where they will be able to benefit from the advice of French experts in exporting and the environment, as well as a range of specific services (assistance from environment students, trilingual secretaries, bar, cloakroom...),
  • A French/English bilingual visitor guide highlighting all the events at the show as well as the most striking new products.

Pollutec

Eurexpo

Lyons, France

November 26th-29th, 2002

Source: ADEME

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