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First IFAT INDIA excites the Market

MUMBAI/INDIA, November 1, 2013: A total of 131 exhibitors from 17 countries presented the latest solutions and products for the environmental technology sector on 5,000 square meters of exhibition space. 62 percent of the exhibitors came from countries other than India. Besides joint exhibition stands from China, Germany, and Switzerland, companies from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Spain, Thailand and the United States also participated.

In addition to the premiere of IFAT INDIA, for the first time ever, the media awards of the "All Environmental Journalism Competition" were presented in the categories print, web and photo. The winners were honored for their contributions to educating society and disseminating information about acute environmental problems. The competition was organized by Germany's development agency GIZ, the Forum of Environmental Journalists of India and Third Pole, in cooperation with IFAT INDIA and DW Akademie and under the patronage of the German Embassy in New Delhi. The Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) South Asia as well as Maharashtra Environmental Engineering Training and Research Academy also supported this initiative.

The winner in the print category was Nivedita Khandekar for her article “Can’t afford another paradise lost” published on November 20, 2012 in the Hindustan Times in New Delhi. The second prize in the print category went to R Samban for his article “And quiet flows to death” published in the Malyalam daily Deshabhimani on May 4, 2013. In the web category, the winner was Navya PK for her article “Mantri’s 72 acre project encroaching Rajakaluve: IISc Report”, published at http://www.banaglore.citizensmatter.in/ on May 31, 2013. Shailendra Yashwant won the second prize for his article “Saving Sikkim’s Shangri La” published in http://infochangeindia.org/ on August 1, 2012.

In the photo category, Chinky Shukla won the first prize for her photo essay “The Wasteland” published in Governance Now in Noida on August 1, 2012. The
winners were awarded by the Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in New Delhi, Cord Meier-Klodt, at the opening of IFAT INDIA on October 24.

The Innovation Exchange Forum, which gave international participants from the commercial and research sectors a look at the latest trends and techniques in the environmental industry, was also a great success. The Forum included a Cluster Matchmaking Mission, i.e. an initiative established by the European Commission and the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) to promote collaboration between clusters at the international level. Also as part of the Innovation Exchange Forum, the German Water Partnership organized the "Indian GWP Day", a conference program for exhibitors and decision-makers, the theme of which is "German Solutions for Indian Challenges".
The next IFAT INDIA will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from October 9 to 11, 2014.

Exhibitor Testimonials:

Hemant Bhatt, Media Director, HNB Engineers Pvt. Ltd.:
“IFAT INDIA 2013 answers the need to develop indigenous technologies for water
purification and water conservation looking at the prevailing socio-economic status of the
country. HNB Engineers Pvt. Ltd. is pleased to have participated in IFAT INDIA’s first edition
because it helped us to showcase our technology in this wide sector.”

Alexander Bormann, PHOENIX CONTACT Electronics GmbH:
“We have received an overwhelming response and are happy about the quality of the
visitors at IFAT INDIA 2013.”

Fillipo Cappozzo, Owner, Ecostar S.R.L:
“Visitor turnout was very good and we are very satisfied with the trade fair. We have never
participated in a trade fair in India and for the first time IFAT INDIA gave us a good platform
and networking opportunity with the industry.”

Ignatius Dsouza, Head Vertical, Water & Waste Water Process Automation, SIEMENS:
“The rapidly growing Indian water market is strategically important to Siemens. IFAT INDIA
2013 is a good platform for demonstrating Siemens' products, systems, solutions and
services to our customers, and it also helps customers to express their requirements.
Furthermore, IFAT INDIA brings the water community together.”

Rüdiger Heidebrecht, Head of Department for Training and International Cooperation,
German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA):
“I consider myself lucky to have experienced the premiere of IFAT INDIA in 2013. The fair's
kick-off was more than a success. The number of visitors and their technical qualifications
were very convincing.”

Urs Heutschi, CEO, Swissenviro.ch:
“We are happy to exhibit here as a Swiss umbrella for many of our Swiss companies. IFAT
INDIA 2013 has provided high-quality visitors and we appreciate that. We got more than
what we expected.”

Charif Lafqir, Regional Sales Director, ATARFIL:
“The profile of the visitors was quite professional.”

Rodigo Lava, Manager India, Brentwood Industries:
“We are satisfied with the visitors at IFAT INDIA 2013. We met all the multi-national
contractors and engineers with whom we are working on current projects. As an
international company, it’s good to see that India has many opportunities in this segment.”

Christine von Lonski, German Water Partnership (GWP):
“Messe Muenchen International India did a great job with its first IFAT INDIA 2013. Our
members were more than happy with the trade fair, both individually and as a network.
There were also a lot of high-quality visitors. We are proud to partner with Messe Muenchen
and look forward to the next edition.”
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Satya Narayana, Director, SFC Environmental Technologies Pvt. Ltd.:
“We have participated at IFAT at the international level and now since the show has
launched in India. We had a great experience in comparison to other exhibitions that we
have participated in. In all, IFAT INDIA 2013 was an excellent show with a great
environment.”

C.K. Sandeep, CEO, ION Exchange Waterleau Ltd.:
“The quality of the visitors at IFAT India 2013 was great. ION Exchange Waterleau Ltd. has
participated in its international edition. However the Indian edition was a great experience.”

Prashant Talmale, General Manager Recycling, South Asia, METSO:
“Solid waste management is a new topic in India. IFAT INDIA 2013 put across this subject
correctly to the Municipal Corporation, Municipal operators and scrap processors in India.
The show also demonstrated what exactly happens in the industry in a scientific way.”

Anil S. Vartak, General Manager, Product Marketing, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd.:
“IFAT INDIA 2013 is an encouraging fair for solutions as well as equipment providers. It has
given us a common platform for exchanging technological thoughts, ideas and solutions.”

Hemant Watve, CEO and Media Director, WILO Mather & Platt Pumps Ltd.:
“India’s major metropolises are constantly growing, so there is a need for fresh water. At the
same time, the water table is sinking. The first edition of IFAT INDIA brought in a lot of
technology experts from the industry, and WILO MPP was glad to exhibit here because it
gave us a number of opportunities to meet with and contact a worldwide network of
customers in the field of clean and waste water utility.”
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