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IFAT - Update

IFAT will return to Messe Munich in Munich, Germany, in May 2024. The next physical edition will take place between May 13th—May 17th, 2024. The venue will not have safety procedures such as obligatory face masks due to Germany's removal of domestic coronavirus restrictions in April 2022. Attendees will be advised to follow recommendable steps, such as practising proper hand hygiene. On arrival, participants will not be required to show their 3G entry documents at the country's borders.


IFAT brands itself as the world’s leader in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management and there is a real reason why this international trade fair would enjoy this kind of reputation. It’s been going on for over half a century, with its start in 1966. Its success and the trust it cultivated in the industry led to its expansion with satellite events in China, India, Eurasia, and Africa. This is precisely why you should consider showcasing your products and solutions. You will receive a lot of international attention.

The product portfolio extends to industrial waste management, power generation, pump control valves, industrial dust control technology, air purification, soil treatment, stormwater collection technology, water supply engineering and so much more. 


IFAT follows a biennial schedule in Munich, Germany, where editions fall on even years. Editions run for five days during springtime, most often around May. Messe Munich performs the dual duty of the official organiser and host venue.

IFAT admits only industry insiders and working hours are from 09:00 am until 18:00 pm, whereas the last day wraps up two hours earlier at 16:00 pm.

As with all exhibition centres in Germany, Messe Munich is fully integrated into the city’s infrastructure with excellent connections to motorways, making a drive to the grounds simple and efficient. If you’re relying on public transport, then you can use the U2 metro line or the several suburban train lines.

What You Can Expect as an Exhibitor

  • IFAT commands industry attention as it is rightfully regarded as a global industry leader, so you can rely on the concentrated presence of industry media to promote new products or make an important announcement;
  • IFAT is good for business, as it manages to attract high-profile visitors within every sector within the broader industry; also, you won’t find the specialized target groups anywhere else but here;
  • Nowhere else are you able to learn about the next generation of groundbreaking innovation and gain a deeper understanding of market trends. Your presence secures deep knowledge of your industry and helps you stay competitive;
  • IFAT enjoys a diverse international audience, which means you’re able to far extend your reach into new geographic regions.

Audience & Statistics

As we have mentioned, IFAT is heavily visited, but how does that translate into numbers. In terms of exhibitors, there are over 3300 international exhibitors confirmed to have showcased last time, and the audience exceeded 142,000 trade visitors as a whole. That’s definitely a sizeable platform to expose your products to and build professional relationships with.

One of the reasons for this continued to growth is the support IFAT receives from top industry associations and unions within Germany – BDE, DVGW, DWA, VAK, VDMA and VKU. Professional visitors come from many professional backgrounds – industry & manufacturing, municipal & private utilities and waste management organizations, engineering offices & consultants, universities, trade, vocational schools & research institutions.

If we’re to break down attendance by country, we see countries like Italy, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, Israel and Spain take the leads in terms of numbers of visitors.


Book hotels for IFAT in a timely manner so that you make the most of our budget and hire Trade Fair Trips ltd in order to receive the best deals on the market. We specialize in accommodation for exhibitions and work with you in order to shape your stay according to your specifications. What this means is that we get the price right, position you near public transport and secure hotels near Messe Munich.

Consult with us on a price today, and you can have your online hotel booking for IFAT by tomorrow. It’s that simple, and you can come to Trade Fair Trips ltd with other requests as well. We can schedule meeting facilities for you during the event or completely install your fair booth.

Previous Renditions

2022 Edition

IFAT 2022 celebrated the successful relaunch of the trade exhibition. It was held in a hybrid format at Messe Munich between 30.05.2022 and 03.06.2022. There were 2,984 exhibiting companies from 59 countries, 50 start-up enterprises, more than 300 speakers, and over 119,000 trade visitors from 155 nations. The event took up a total of 260,000 square metres of event space.

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How to get to IFAT
On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Munich International Airport

Not advisable when travelling from Munich Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)


By car
By car:

30 mins when travelling from Munich International Airport

20 mins when travelling from Munich Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

By public transport
By public transport:

61 mins when travelling from Munich International Airport

35 mins when travelling from Munich Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

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