Q. What current trends should visitors look out for at the show?
A. The strongest and most discussed trend right now is the recovery of so-called secondary raw materials. Waste is now seen as a secondary raw material, as a valuable resource. Here, people revised their opinion - not only in Germany but worldwide.
Q. Are there any particular exhibits/developments that visitors and exhibitors should visit at the show?
A. Ifat Entsorga the exhibition halls will be full of the latest developments, innovations, novelties, and future trends. But Ifat Entsorga also has a high calibre events programme and what makes it so impressive is the extraordinarily wide range of topics it covers.
On all five days of the fair, the forums in Halls A5 and C1 will be featuring country and theme specials, panel discussions and presentations by exhibitors. This year, for the first time, it will have the ‘Mega Cities’ programme of events.
Right now, a large portion of the world’s population lives in one of more than 30 mega-cities. By 2015, this figure is expected to increase to 60 cities with more than 600 million people. In four theme blocks experts will be exploring the problems of global urbanization and examining solutions. In addition to that, our show hosts the 16th International Symposium and the GeoBioEnergy Conference as well as the special exhibitions “Treasure Trove Cell Phone” or “Water is the Future”.
Q. What are the future trends in waste management and recycling?
A. Exploring how to extract materials out of old infrastructure, homes, and landfill - especially for those economies that have no natural raw material resources of their own. There will also be a focus on improving product design to reduce wastage during the production process and at end of life and improve re-use of materials.
Q. What technological developments are you expecting to see in the future?
A. We will have to improve the technologies we use to retransform material and energy after use so that they can be reused. So materials will be transformed into another status, or will get dirty through use, but they will not disappear. At all this has to be done with the best possible efficiency.
Q. What policy developments need to happen in the future?
A. Politicians and civil servants need to make sure they build solid and reliable policy frameworks so that investors, inventors, company owners and investors are motivated to invest in the industry’s products and services. Unproved ideas can be dangerous and if they are not rigorously tested before legislation is passed. Take the example of the biofuel.
Q. How can companies future proof their businesses?
A. Improve their knowledge about how the technology, products and services they want to invest in works and what competing technologies are out there. If they can prove their product is more efficient and is better for the environment then this will persuade the consumer.
Mark Hulme is sales manager at Atritor, manufacturers of solids handling and processing equipment.
“We only just started marketing our turboseparator four years ago because we wanted to expand into Europe. The show is the biggest and most well known in Europe and is one of the best for showcasing equipment. At the last exhibition we sold three machines into Finland, two into Belgium, one into Spain and one into Holland. It isn’t cheap but the returns are quite good.”
Danielle Lloyd is marketing executive at Eriez Magnetics Europe, which supplies metal detection and separation equipment.
“Eriez sells worldwide so an exhibition like this allows us to showcase our products to the European markets as well as the other countries that visit. Last year there were people from China, India and Japan. We made sales at the show and generated over 200 leads but this year we are hoping to have considerably more because we have doubled the size of our stand so we can display our new 13m long ballistic metal separator.”
Rolf Stein is ceo of Advanced Plasma Power, which has a patented technology called Gasplasma that converts waste into energy.
“This is the first time we will be exhibiting at the combined shows [Ifat and Entsorga were standalone exhibitions before 2010]. Germany and Scandinavian countries are already committed to incinerator technology but we may have opportunities with the second generation facilities as we offer a flexible and compact solution. Eastern Europe and the sub Mediterranean countries will be more of our target market at the show.”
Peering into the future
The ‘Environmental efforts in Mega Cities - Waste management and recycling concepts’ presentation takes place on Monday 7 May between 16.30-16.45 in Forum A5.
‘BDE Special: Future Waste Logistics— Starting off for 2020’ takes place on Monday 7 May between 14-15.30 at Forum C1
On Tuesday 8 May the debate ‘Gazing into the future: waste management 2030 in Bavaria’ takes place between 14-15.00 in Forum Hall C1.
‘The value of waste management for the future energy supply’ presentation takes place between 15.20 and 15.35 on Wednesday 9 May in Forum C1. This is followed by ‘energy for future generations – the role of waste’ that ends at 15.45.