What's in store for this year's IFAT

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:

Anyone who’s anyone in the industry knows the benefits of visiting the IFAT exhibition.

It’s impossible not to, given that the show is one of the largest trade fares for environmental technology. It provides a platform for groundbreaking technologies, opportunities for trade deals and motivation for innovators to design the next big thing.

Much buzz has been made in the run-up to the show, perhaps due to the fact it only runs every other year and therefore enjoys industry leaders using IFAT to present their latest developments. As a prelude, RWW was invited to Munich, the show’s destination, for a Media Dialog, where a selection of exhibitors met to discuss what’s in store at this year’s event.


All the way from Cookstown, Northern Ireland was CDEnviro, which services the waste management industry both in the UK and in global markets. The company uses its “Zero waste is an achievable target” mantra to come up with new solutions to old problems. So what’s on the horizon for IFAT this year?

Andrew Wilson, CDEnviro business development manager in Switzerland, says: “2018 looks like we will deal a lot with contaminated soil as a waste stream. We established a plant last year in Switzerland, and are now seeing an increasing interest in this material.”

Wilson also predicts that street sweeping and gully waste will be hot topics at this year’s show. He says: “Lots of companies are interested in this market now where they haven’t been in previous years. UK legislation seems to be putting emphasis on the reuse of street sweepings, and it’s been used in the secondary aggregates construction market a lot more than it used to be, and it’s a profitable business to treat the waste.”


IFAT has made its name in the technologies sector, so it was only right that the Media Dialog featured some of the most prominent machinery specialists in the sector. Vecoplan has been producing shredders for mechanical material, regenerated plastics and consumer industrial waste for many years, and is a huge supporter of IFAT and the opportunities it offers the brand to reach its customers.

This year, the company will be debuting a completely new design for a one-shaft pre-shredder, which will focus on homogenous material as an output. Martina Schmidt, Vecoplan head of sales, says: “Vecoplan has several patents when it comes to techniques and is excited to show the new technology. We are currently making tests on our own, and once we’re certain of the outcomes, will soon be available to everyone.”


Recycling solution specialist Doppstadt will be presenting in four places at 2018’s IFAT exhibition. It will be bringing its portfolio of separation technologies for various branches, in particular biomass and mineral materials.

Doppstadt will showcase a “new generation of shredders” as well as new separation techniques to be used for construction and demolition waste. Ferdinand Doppstadt, managing director, says: “For 20 years the shredder has had facelifts and redesigns and now it’s time for something new.

“IFAT is the most important recycling show in the world for both the German market and our overseas customers. There are lots of markets where we are not active so we’re hoping to find new business partners at this year’s show.”

Lindner Recycling

Austrian family business Lindner Recycling has its fingers in many pots, having established itself in the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) market, but also producing systems for waste picking, plastics and waste water recycling.

The company will be using IFAT partly to demonstrate to its UK customers that the Chinese import ban on some plastics and paper may not be a hindrance as many argue, but rather an opportunity to develop new markets and establish new trade agreements.

Michael Lackner, Lindner managing director, says: “We have predicted the import ban for years for waste consumer plastics. Our customers have always had issues with raw materials – prices fluctuate, granulate changes value and oil decreases in price.

“Our customers, who are processors, don’t buy plastic waste but get money for taking it. So we are offering systems for washing and preparing the plastics they put in – from sorting to washing the granulate. We aim to get the high-level granulate so our customers don’t suffer as a result of the ban.”


German company Seenebogen might have started from humble beginnings producing manual loaders for the agriculture industry, but after 65 years is going from strength to strength in the material-handling market.

It will host two exhibits at this year’s show with a material-handling machine (the 817) developed last year being shown in the demonstration area. The machine’s strength is in its size – it is small and adaptable for many sites and jobs.

Seenebogen has also worked hard over the past year to redevelop and redesign its telescopic handler; although the company is currently keeping the details under wraps, it hopes to make a statement at IFAT. Florian Attenhauser, says: “We will have the world premier of the new telescopic handler at IFAT and currently we have just one machine in the factor. We have high hopes for the innovations, and look forward to sharing them with the public at IFAT.”

With all companies competing to win over the hearts and minds of global customers, IFAT is guaranteed to be an interesting and insightful show. As always, be sure to take a comfortable pair of shoes.

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