With more than a year to go, the forthcoming anniversary edition of Aquatech Amsterdam 2015 is already breaking records. Never before did the exhibition organisers add so many new exhibition elements to the programme so soon before the start of the event. The fact that 65% of the exhibition floor is filled reflects exhibitors' supreme confidence in the exhibition and the accompanying concept. The celebratory 25th edition of Aquatech Amsterdam starts on 3 November 2015 and will last until 6 November. In four days time Amsterdam RAI will be devoted entirely to process, drinking and wastewater.
Inspired by current trends, the world's largest water technology event will be welcoming new initiatives to the exhibition floor with a special focus on innovation, stormwater, industrial water consumption and wastewater. For the third time in a row the exhibition is also part of the Amsterdam International Water Week.
New hotspot for and by the industry
Visitors and exhibitors are becoming increasingly interested in total solutions for large industrial businesses from sectors that use a lot of water in their company processes. Companies that pump up water themselves, obtain water from the water supply company, use surface water or dump wastewater can use this hotspot to gain inspiration from their competitors and colleagues. Consequently this pavilion is also an ideal networking location for and by the industry. Companies looking for total solutions and the latest technical gadgets can also follow the special industrial route which takes them past the products which are of greatest interest to them in the most efficient way possible.
The latest technologies against flooding
The intense rainfall in Europe during recent months emphasised the consequences and the need for solutions and investments. Although local authorities and water boards are working to limit the nuisance as much as possible, it is still important to find new measures. At the stormwater pavilion you will find parties that offer the latest technologies and solutions. The focus during the workshops and case studies in this pavilion is also on networking with and learning from each other.
All kinds of innovation-related inspiration
During the last edition of Aquatech 73% of the visitors were there to see the latest products and solutions relevant to their field of work. As a result it is logical that one of the main focuses of Aquatech Amsterdam is innovation. The Aquatech Innovation Award has been a permanent feature of the exhibition programme for years and the 2015 exhibition will feature new inspiring pavilions. While innovations which are contenders for the Aquatech Innovation Award are already in an advanced stage or are even already available on the market, attention is also being paid to new technology companies which, with state-of-the-art water innovations, are looking for partners and investors to turn their ideas into a reality and to launch them onto the market. The Bluetech Innovation pavilion is a collaboration between Aquatech Amsterdam and BlueTech Research. Moreover, live working demos can be viewed at the new ‘Innovation Lab’. WETSUS, for example, shows Blue Energy and the Floating Water Bridge. Lastly, guided tours are to be organised on the exhibition floor for those who want to find out more about innovation.
Success formulas also reviewed
Of course, the programme again includes the fixed exhibition elements of the Aquatech concept. Visitors can also register for the Industrial Leaders Forum, whereby the captains of industry from, for example, the food & beverage and chemistry sector, present their challenges and solutions in the field of water consumption. This leads to a debate between water technology companies and experts from the various industries. The AquaStages on the exhibition floor will again arrange useful information sessions and the pipe fitting competitions are sure to be entertaining. The many country pavilions reinforce the international character of the exhibition and the various matchmaking and network events on the exhibition floor create the necessary cohesion.
Amsterdam oriented entirely around water during the Amsterdam International Water Week
For the third time in a row Aquatech Amsterdam is going to be part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW). The theme in 2015 is 'Integrated Solutions for a circular economy and resilient cities'. The AIWW offers a varied programme with a conference, the Young Water Professionals programme, the Sarphati Sanitation Award, more than 40 international delegations and a detailed programme of excursions. The AIWW's ambition is a unique mix of themes (water and delta technology, energy, agricultural and horticultural sectors, spatial planning) and participants: from politicians to suppliers of innovative technology and from engineers to hydrologists.