【DE】IFAT Munich 2022: strong restart for climate protection


  • High participation in the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technologies
  • 2,984 exhibitors, around 119,000 visitors, half from abroad
  • Top topic: Efficient use and reuse resources


 Whether plastic, building materials or water: Solutions for the sustainable use of resources are essential for environmental and climate protection – and can be found at IFAT Munich. The world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management took place from 30. May to 3. June 2022 in Munich. 2,984 exhibitors and around 119,000 visitors confirmed the fair as the most important platform for environmental technologies.


“A huge trade fair, concentrated knowledge transfer, networking – IFAT Munich 2022 was pure inspiration and is a driver of the sustainable transformation of industries and climate-resilient municipalities,” says Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München. With 2,984 exhibitors from 59 countries and around 119,000 visitors from 155 countries, the fair is approaching the pre-corona level, reflecting the great potential of environmental technologies and confirms its position as the world’s leading platform for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. The chairman of the advisory board of IFAT Munich, Dr. John F. Kirchhoff, adds: “The high international trade fair participation in this challenging time is impressive. It’s nice to see that IFAT is so much behind. Because it is a very important, sustainable engine for the circular economy and the environmental industry.”


Whether plastic or water – closed circuits in focus

The circular economy occupied more space than ever at the fair. Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke explained at the opening: “A functioning circular economy saves primary resources, reduces dependencies and contributes significantly to climate and species protection. With my policy, I want to contribute to strengthening the circular economy at all stages of its cycle and making environmental protection an interesting business model.”


Four special areas alone were dedicated to the circular economy, for example in plastic and building materials. Water was also all about sustainable use and closed cycles, for example in industrial production – and in cities that have to prepare for extreme drought and heavy rain with intelligent water management. The fair showed the technologies for this and in the lecture program more than 300 experts shared their knowledge and there were numerous live demonstrations and guided solution tours.


The most important key figures for the fair

IFAT Munich occupied all 18 halls and a large part of Messe München’s outdoor area, a total of 260,000 square meters. 2,984 exhibitors arrived from 59 countries and regions (2018: 3,305/58) and around 119,000 visitors from 155 countries and regions (2018: 142,472/162). Half of the exhibitors and visitors came from abroad. Compared to the previous event, there was a lack of strong participation from China and Russia. A start-up area gathered 49 start-ups from 16 nations. 15 international joint stands from Europe as well as Japan, Canada, South Korea and the USA exhibited. High-ranking representatives from politics came, including Egypt, Belgium and Malaysia, as well as the environment ministers of Brazil and Singapore and numerous international delegations.


Valuable platform for the environmental industry

IFAT has not lost its radiance for the circular economy industry and will continue to assert its importance as the world’s leading trade fair in the future, explains Max Köttgen, CEO of REMONDIS. “I am very impressed by the size of the fair, the number of visitors and the unique expert platform and am pleased that we were able to have had numerous relevant discussions with customers and partners,” says Anja Eimer, head of the global water business at Siemens. The fair is an “excellent platform to present our products and solutions to the public” (Georg Huber, CEO, HUBER), it is the “most important international trade fair to reflect industry trends based on our sustainable product and service innovations” (Ottmar Steinebrunner, Managing Director Sales & Service Europe and Americas, Bucher Municipal), it offers an ideal platform as the “world’s leading trade fair for municipal services to make our versatile industry solutions tangible” (Dr. Ralf Forcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks).

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