IFAT Munich 2024: The main event

IFAT Munich is back from 13–17 May 2024, bringing together the global water, sewage, waste and raw materials management sectors over five days in Germany.

Image © Messe München GmbH.
Image © Messe München GmbH.

Filtration+Separation provides its eight show highlights ahead of IFAT 2024 — the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies.



Hall A3, Stand 151


As a regular participant in IFAT Munich, Brenntag Water Treatment once again eagerly anticipates the opportunity to connect with the global water community, industry peers, and business partners.

Under the theme of circularity, Brenntag will present not only its latest innovative developments in sustainable water treatment but also in the environmental area, showcasing the company’s solutions for waste-to-energy, plastic recycling, and air pollution control.

In addition, Brenntag will present its Purification Solutions product line. This comprehensive suite merges existing portfolios of activated carbon, filtration media, and ion exchange resins into a single offering catering to all separation and filtration needs.

Brenntag’s IFAT exhibit will also feature value-added services, such as mixing and blending capabilities for customizing and developing product formulations. The water treatment business will spotlight its TÜV-certified CO2Xplorer, a unique service providing product carbon footprint data to its customers. This addresses the growing need for enhanced transparency regarding greenhouse gas emissions from products throughout the entire supply chain.

Brenntag invites partners and industry professionals to visit its booth, engage with its global team of experts, share insights on the latest industry trends, and explore opportunities for collaboration.



Hall A2, Stand 326

Lewatit Scopeblue ion exchange resins -

Lanxess is a leading global manufacturer of products for water treatment and liquid purification. For decades, its ion exchange resins and adsorbers have proven their reliability in groundwater remediation, wastewater treatment, and drinking water detoxification. At IFAT in Munich, the company will be presenting its comprehensive product portfolio for current challenges in water treatment, such as the removal of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).

Another topic of focus at IFAT is battery recycling. Lanxess’s products also make an important contribution in this field. The growing demand for high-purity battery metals such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, and copper requires access to new sources. The most economical and environmentally friendly approach, according to Lanxess, is the recycling of end-of-life batteries. Lewatit ion exchange resins are crucial for many process steps in the hydrometallurgical recycling flow sheets.

Lanxess products not only enable the green transformation of societies. The corporation also wants to become climate-neutral by 2040 in an ambitious and forward-looking manner by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and introducing process and technology innovations. For this reason, Lanxess has launched Scopeblue as the corporate sustainability umbrella brand.

At IFAT, the company will be exhibiting its first acrylic and styrene-based Lewatit Scopeblue resins. Compared with their conventional counter types, these resins exhibit a CO2 reduction of more than 60% and consist of more than 90% sustainable raw materials, based on a mass balanced approach.



Hall A1, Stand 447

Stack of ceramic membrane discs for DCFF -

Kerafol Keramische Folien GmbH & Co KG manufactures ceramic flat sheet membranes in various geometries and pore sizes for micro- and ultrafiltration as well as for the aeration of liquids.

The company’s ceramic filter discs for microfiltration and ultrafiltration are available with pore sizes from 2.0 μm to 5 nm. They are applied in Dynamic Cross Flow Filtration (DCFF) for solid-liquid separation. During filtration, the discs rotate on a hollow shaft to create the cross-flow effect. The filtrate is discharged from the system via the hollow shaft. This technique has several advantages over conventional cross flow filtration. The combination of ceramic (the best of all available membrane materials) and DCFF (the most effective filtration process) offers maximum filtration performance with low energy input. The discs and DCFF are used for a wide range of applications including waste and process water treatment, digestate treatment, chemical and pharmaceutical, food and beverage, oil and gas etc.

Kerafol also offers ceramic membrane discs for flotation. The discs are pressurized from the inside via a channel structure. The gas permeates through the porous material and bubbles emerge at the surface of the discs. Very small and extremely fine distributed bubbles can be generated by an additional rotation (Rotating Membrane Flotation (RMF)). The discs can also be used for the injection of other gases.

At IFAT Munich 2024, there will be a live demonstration of both techniques at the Kerafol stand, with pilot plants operating for DCFF and RMF.



Hall B2, Stand 127/226

Water treatment using activated carbon -

As a globally active full-service provider in the field of activated carbon, the CarboTech Group will of course be represented at this year’s IFAT in Munich.

The purification of water and wastewater has become a very complex challenge for water plants due to contamination with PFAS and the increased use of pharmaceuticals and other combinations of pollutants from agriculture and industry.

In order to cope with these problems, a fourth purification stage is the only economical solution for many sewage treatment plants. The activated carbon filter medium from CarboTech offers the best purification performance with a long service life.

Another advantage is that CarboTech reactivates the activated carbon at its Essen site, making a positive contribution to sustainability and protecting the environment. By reusing the activated carbon several times, CarboTech returns the sustainable filter medium to the circular economy after processing without any loss of quality or service life.

CarboTech’s decades of experience as a solution provider and extensive production facilities allow the company to tailor its products to the individual requirements of customers’ problems.

By adding a 360° service to its product portfolio, CarboTech offers more than just activated carbon.

Find out what CarboTech can do in a personal meeting with the sales team at IFAT Munich at the joint DWA stand. CarboTech looks forward to exchanging ideas.



Hall A1, Stand 139

Polat Makina at IFAT 2022 -

Polat Makina, established in Turkey in 1978, has a vision of continuous development alongside its employees, striving to offer products and services at global quality standards. The company has expanded its operations, and now exports its products to 44 countries from an 88,000 m2 facility, with international offices in Italy, Germany, Greece, and Morocco. Polat Makina aims to excel in innovation, quality, and service, boasting a worldwide sales and service network consisting of 13 companies. All entities are now consolidated under Polat Group Holding AS, enhancing efficiency and focusing on process optimization.

In addition to offering comprehensive production lines for olive oil and avocado oil, Polat Makina specializes in environmentally friendly centrifuge and extraction technologies, including decanters, separators, mobile slop oil recovery systems, supercritical fluid extraction systems tailored to various sectors such as environmental and wastewater management, food and beverage, milk and dairy products, bio-industry, petroleum and mineral oil, and industrial applications as well as cosmetics, chemical, and pharmaceuticals.

Polat Makina offers centrifugal decanters suitable for environmental and wastewater applications. Thanks to its centrifuge technologies, higher efficiencies can be achieved in wastewater management processes.

IFAT Munich 2024 will serve as a solution platform, networking event and knowledge hub for the company. Join Polat Makina during IFAT to learn more about its wastewater and environmental solutions. Engage with the team and discover the innovative approaches Polat Makina offers to address environmental challenges.



Hall A3, Stand 123


Join Berghof Membrane Technology GmbH at IFAT Munich 2024 to discover the company’s range of solutions for sustainable wastewater treatment, energy, and resource recovery.

The company’s AnMBR process designs provide operators with a solution to reduce costs and enhance the effluent quality of challenging wastewaters.

The technology’s efficiency in depredating COD, recovering energy and resources, and producing high-quality effluent makes it an excellent choice for various industries including food, dairy, distilleries, and bioethanol.

This is particularly crucial as more stringent regulations are anticipated in the future, along with the need for wastewater treatment with maximized energy efficiency and resource recovery. The technology maximizes biogas production by retaining organic solids, which has a positive impact on the bottom line.

Berghof ultrafiltration membranes ensure a reliable lifecycle within the AnMBR process. They facilitate rapid start-ups, support specialized microbial communities and exhibit resilience against organic or toxic shocks. The company’s experts can also assist in designing a wastewater treatment process tailored to specific needs, resulting in significant reductions in sludge production and chemical consumption, ultimately leading to a higher return on investment and lower operational expenses.

Berghof’s membrane products, filtration concepts, and services are available through the company’s international sales offices, regional representatives, and OEM partners.

Visit Berghof at IFAT in Munich to discover the future of wastewater treatment. A team of experts will be ready to engage, share insights, and demonstrate how AnMBR is transforming the filtration landscape.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this sustainable evolution!



Hall A3, Stand 216

Bio-Blok net tubes filter media cube -

Expo-Net Danmark A/S is exhibiting at IFAT 2024 to promote its patented Bio-Blok fixed film filter media for biological water treatment. With its unique extruded helical internal design and rough, high asperity, surface, Expo-Net developed Bio-Blok to offer a more effective open mesh filter media to conventional vertical corrugated fill plate 60° cross flow media. Bio-Blok net tubes provide a higher surface area for biofilm formation, with superior filter media performance achievable due to the active surface area increasing as the biofilm grows. Water treatment processes that Bio-Blok is ideally suited for include trickle filtering, submerged aeration filtration (SAF), contact filtration, and lamella settler.

For more than 40 years, Bio-Blok has proved itself to be a versatile, highly efficient biological wastewater treatment filter media, used for nitrate ion, ammonia, ammonium ion and BOD removal, aeration and degassing and sludge treatment. Key customers include sewage/wastewater processing plants, abattoirs, breweries, farms and rural small holdings, and fish and shellfish farm aquaculture. Bio-Blok’s innovative, modular, filtration cubes are made of rigid, 100% recyclable, UV resistant, non-degradable, polyethylene plastic.

It is constructed offsite as ‘ready to install’ cubes from 8x8 or 10x10 net tubes, welded top and bottom; cubes are lightweight, but strong enough to walk on, making them easy to handle and install by hand. Bio-Blok is self-cleaning and does not need flushing, so plant operational and maintenance costs are much lower, with a longer uptime.



Hall A2, Stand 112

The high performance of the new RPD Hiflo-S filter cloth’s 3-dimensional weaving structure can be calibrated at a pore size of 5 to 40 μm - Image © Haver & Boecker.

In addition to its Minimesh S filter cloth, Haver & Boecker has developed a high performance filter cloth that is fundamentally different from all previous woven metal media. Its 3-dimensional weave technology offers properties that make industrial filtration processes quicker, safer and more efficient. The open surface over an area is significantly increased due to the weaving structure. The medium’s flow-through rate can be doubled when compared to conventional filter cloth having the same pore size.

The pore size can be calculated beforehand. With these precision pores it is possible to attain a higher separation effect and shape stability. The pore size within a batch can be calibrated as desired from 5 μm to 40 μm.

The depth structure of RPD Hiflo-S offers a high separation effect without rapid blinding. Dirt holding capacity and cleaning capability have proven to be excellent, Haver & Boecker notes.

RPD Hiflo-S can be manufactured from standard diameter wires. This has a positive effect on cost. Moreover, it is now possible to weave special materials such as Avesta, Hastelloy, Inconel or titanium in the small pore size range, which previously had not been doable. So, RPD Hiflo-S offers a corrosion and temperature resistant filter cloth with pore sizes below 40 μm.


This article first appeared in the March 2024 issue of Filtration+Separation magazine. To read the full issue, click here