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Messe Frankfurt extends its Commitment to the Environmental Sector

FRANKFURT AM MAIN/GERMANY, November 4, 2013 - Messe Frankfurt has significantly extended its portfolio of trade fairs for environmental technology. Watertech India, which was acquired only recently, closed its doors at the end of September 2013 in Gandhinagar in the State of Gujarat. There were around 1,400 trade visitors at this conference and exhibition who came to find out about the new products from some 50 companies and attend lectures given by experts in their field. The long-term stimuli which this trade fair and congress has given to the development of the Indian water industry can, in large measure, be attributed to the unequivocal support offered by the Indian government.

The Indian Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Bharatsinh Solanki, formally opened the trade fair and emphasised that the Indian government sponsored Watertech, in order to foster cooperation amongst all those involved in the water industry. Moreover, he took advantage of the platform to present the "Solar Energy Based Dual Pump Piped Water Supply Scheme". With this project, India aims to supply 337,000 households with water
using solar-driven pumps and thus save up to 6.75 megawatts of electricity a year.

Thanks to the enormously positive response, Watertech is to be extended next year to include sections on the waste-disposal industry, renewable energies, combatting air and noise pollution, and recycling. Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, Senior Vice President, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition: "The acquisition of Watertech India has significantly strengthened our position as a major organiser of trade fairs for environmental engineering worldwide. With a total of five
exhibitions in the world's key growth markets, we offer manufacturers, users and political representatives the opportunity to discuss the urgent issues for sustainable environmental
management and to develop appropriate solutions." In China, where it organises three events in this field, Messe Frankfurt covers the water, sanitation, energy, air and waste
disposal industries. Ways of further developing strategies for the generation and exploitation of solar energy in buildings were the subject of much discussion amongst manufacturers, architects and engineers in June 2013, at the second Building Solar China show in Guangzhou. In October 2013, almost 300 manufacturers exhibited solutions relating to air quality, waste management, the energy industry, energy efficiency, measuring technology and green building. Environmentally friendly products for both household and industry round off the range of things on offer at the show. With 500 exhibitors, Water Expo China + Water Membrane China, which opened their doors in Beijing in December, together amount to one
of the most important venues for the water industry in China. Germany has already been represented twice with a joint stand from Bavaria.

Last but not least, there is the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, which is also one of Messe Frankfurt's trade fairs on environmental technology. It takes place annually in Canada, in the autumn, and alternates between Montreal and Toronto. Some 200 exhibitors
attend with a view to presenting their products for the modern wastedisposal and recycling industries.

Eco Expo Asia (28 – 31 October 2013)
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo (20 – 21 November 2013)
Water Expo China (02 – 04 December 2013)
Building Solar China (9 - 12 June 2014)
Watertech India (Autumn 2014)

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