Setting a new record, the show already attracted over 900 exhibitors and started a waiting list 6 months before the show, while creatively looking at options to add more square meters to the already fully filled halls.
The success is primarily defined by the international reputation the show acquired since its first edition in 1964. It is the oldest and the largest trade show on water technology in the world and companies from around the world are eager to get on board.
New at Aquatech
As always the content at Aquatech is based on new developments and the advice of the exhibition committee, captains of industry and experts in their field. “Next to the familiar country pavilions Industrial User Experience, Pumps & Process Plaza, we have newly added the Desalination Pavilion and Smart Water Networks Pavilion,” says Marieke Leenhouts, Exhibition Director for Aquatech Amsterdam. “There will also be Circular Economy Lounge and the InnovationLAB will have an ‘Experiences-area’ with prototypes and demos and connect to the new Innovation Avenue. Underlining the importance of innovations is crucial to the future of the water market.”
An international audience
With over 70% of visitors flying and driving in from other countries, Aquatech has a truly global flavour. The majority originate from Europe but interest from Asia, USA and the Middle East is rising rapidly. Visiting the RAI is very easy when flying in. Schiphol international Airport is just 15 from the venue by train and the Aquatech organisers have arranged a free first class train ticket from this airport, to be ordered in the free visitor registration module.
Guided tours and matchmaking
For the first time, Aquatech will be doing guided tours and a matchmaking service. Visitors with a specific interest in Circular Economy, Smart Cities, Urban Resilience and/or Innovation can join guided tours of the show tailored to these interests. Another new additional service is matchmaking. Visitors can prearrange networking and business appointments with exhibitors, as well as other visitors and speakers, based on interests and profile.
The Amsterdam International Water Week
For the fourth time, Aquatech is part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) a divers platform for water professionals around the world including a conference, a young professionals programme, social events and, new this year, Floodex Europe. This last show covers water level management and flood control. This subject has demanded more attention and is now covered in a separate hall.