Final report IFAT Africa 2019

Approaching Southern Africa’s environmental challenges with enthusiasm

  • More exhibitors, more visitors
  • Co-Location with other trade fairs worthwhile
  • Reputation as sub-Saharan Africa’s industry hub strengthened


The third IFAT Africa, held from July 9 to 11, 2019, was able to reinforce its reputation as the leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling in Southern Africa. The growing numbers of exhibitors and visitors created a spirit of enthusiasm on the fair ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as optimism with regard to the environmental technologies market in this part of the world.

IFAT Africa 2019 welcomed 172 exhibitors from the environmental industry which presented their solutions at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. This means a growth of 13 percent compared to the previous event in 2017. Whereas there was still an equal share of local and foreign companies, the international participation continued to diversify: companies from 19 nations came to South Africa for this big event. Back in 2017, the international participation included 16 countries. The successful national pavilions included China, Germany, The Netherlands and, for the first time, Italy and Austria. “It is gratifying to see the global market converge in Africa to engage with local market leaders and stakeholders to exchange experience and knowhow. This is what is needed to discuss and find solutions for the environmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa“, says Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, the organiser of IFAT Africa.

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For further information or support, please contact
Ms. Katrin Geisler
Representative of Messe München GmbH in Southern Africa
Tel. +27 (0)11 486 2775
kgeisler(at)germanchamber.co.za

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