IFAT Eurasia 2017: Top marks on its second edition
2017 was the second edition of IFAT Eurasia, and this year the show was more successful than its premier. 11,326 trade visitors from 68 countries visited in Eurasia’s Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technologies between February 16 and 18 in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2017, a total of 412 companies from 18 countries showcased the latest solutions and products for the environmental technology sector on 17,000 sqm. The fair demonstrated the continuing importance of Turkey as a hub for the environmental sector in the Eurasian region. According to Osman Bayazit Genç, Managing Director of MMI Eurasia, the move from Ankara to the economic powerhouse of Istanbul has contributed to the positive atmosphere at IFAT Eurasia 2017: “For expanding international business relationships, Istanbul is exactly the right place.
Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, explains: “The increase in space of almost ten percent shows that the exhibitors, too, are continuing to have confidence and trust in the Eurasian market. Now and in the future, Turkey is an important trading partner and the link between east and west. That is why IFAT Eurasia is of such importance in the long term.”
Apart from industry leaders, the second edition also attracted high-ranking government representatives, municipal corporations and political delegations. Among the 11,326 trade visitors from 68 countries were the participants in a range of business delegations, for example from Germany, Greece, Romania and Tunisia. Dr. Makram Ben Hamida, Project Manager Industry, Environment & Energy at the German-Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Trade, led the Tunisian delegation. He was very positive about the event: “For Tunisian companies, IFAT Eurasia is of tremendous significance. It connects the North African region with Asia and Europe like no other trade fair in the sector.