Industrial water treatment and digitalisation were key themes at this year’s Aquatech China in Shanghai
Opportunities in the Chinese water market continue to grow
The 12th edition of Aquatech China 2019 was a winning mix of business, content and international networking.
Over 2,100 companies exhibited, and over the three event days a record grand total of more than 84,000 visitors from 95 countries worldwide were counted.
The show brought together industry authorities, key market leaders, international financing institutions and development banks and government officials.
The result was an inspiring international exchange with a common goal: discussing growing water business in China and the future of the industry.
During a packed opening, Annette Bos, Director Water at RAI Amsterdam spoke about crucial and urgent water issues are around the world and linked them to the constantly growing opportunities for water related companies in China.
The 2,100+ exhibitors included both Chinese and international market leaders such as Grunbeck, Nitto, Pentair, PWG, Samyang, Terra Water Research, Doulton and Rainsoft.
“The opportunities in China are growing constantly,” said Dorien, Sibbel, Exhibition Manager Aquatech China. “Investments in water to ensure water quality is high on the agenda. Water challenges are connected with a growing sector that seeks innovations and solutions in China and abroad. I am delighted with the results of Aquatech China 2019. There was a positive vibe, full aisles and a lot of attention for the knowledge sessions. Lots of side events were organised and young talent was attracted to learn more about what the water technology sector has to offer. We look forward to building on that success for the next edition in 2020.”
Adding value to Industrial Water Management
The 2019 Industrial Water Leaders Forum was successfully held on the first day of Aquatech China. The 2nd edition of the forum brought together representatives from government, research institutes, water resource management companies, service providers as well as end users to share insights on the topic of ‘Efficient Water Management, Creating Value for Industry’.
Among the Industrial Water Leaders Forum keynotes were Zhang Tao (Research Associate, Water Environment Institute of Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning), Juha Niemelä (General Director of the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry), Christopher Gasson of Global Water Intelligence (GWI) and James Rekoske (Senior vice president of Ecolab global RD&E and Industrial Segment).
Together they discussed the challenges and the prospects for the industry, the application of smart technology in water management and shared valuable practical experience in the field of water resource management.
The Forum was jointly hosted by Aquatech China, CHC Expo, GWI and Ecolab, and supported by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS).
Digitalisation theme and exhibitor testimonials
China Europe Water Platform (CEWP) organised a bi-lingual seminar for the first time this year and brought experts, utilities, governmental organizations and companies operating in the fields of water supply and wastewater treatment together to discuss developments in smart water.
Many practical issues were involved during the seminar, such as “What are the major digital technology disruptors that companies in water business will face?” and “How does this development affect both the Chinese and European water markets?”
Over 2000 exhibitors took part in this year’s Aquatech China. Below are a sample of viewpoints from some of the companies:
“Aquatech China is the largest event that we attend in the region. It may be the largest water event that exists. And it’s really exciting for us to be here. It’s the best and a place where business does get done. Where people meet and shake hands and forge new partnerships. That’s a huge reason for us to be here.”
Kimberly Kupiecki (Global Leader, Sustainability, Advocacy & Communications, DuPont Water Solutions)
“Aquatech China has a magnificent group of people that visit. It’s a large volume of people and the kind of people that we want to talk to.”
Don Miller (Regional Director, International, Rain Soft)
“Aquatech China offers us access to the highest growing market for technical innovation companies like ours. For small business and new to the market companies Aquatech China really allows to dive deep into partnerships, relationships and customers.”
Wayne Byrne (CEO, Oxymem)