China’s water industry trade show continues to get bigger

Beijing skyline. The Water Expo China event will reflect growing interests in urban ecology and water governance, according to the organisers.

The premier trade show for China’s water industry is set to take place in the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC) in Beijing on 18-20 November. This is a change to a larger venue from before, “to accommodate the fast development of China’s water industry”, according to the organisers of the event, Water Expo China 2015.
An estimated 300 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions and 25,000 visitors are expected to fill the 20,000 m2 exhibition area. The expo is approved by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, and is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society.
The fair aims to address industry needs. China is said to be placing more emphasis on urban ecology when it comes to its national strategic planning, and water governance is apparently a growing priority for local governments.
China’s water industry “is on its way to its golden days”, say the organisers, suggesting that so is Water Expo China as it enters a new phase of development. To help visitors navigate through the event, the fair’s organisers will set up thematic zones. These are listed below (alongside some leading domestic exhibitors highlighted by the organisers):
• Water business: Poten Environmental Group Co Ltd
• Water treatment technology and water industry equipment: Jinan Angel Industrial Co Ltd, Huber Environmental Technology (Taicang) Co Ltd
• Pipes and pipelines: Beijing Hanjian Heshan Pipeline Co Ltd, Qingdao Guinarsan Machinery Co Ltd
• Pumps, valves and accessories: Leo Group Co Ltd, SHIMGE
• Water information, automation and apparatus: Xylem Analytics, Beijing Tengine Innovation Instruments Co Ltd, JUMO Automation (Dalian) Co Ltd, Kaifeng Kailiu Instrument Co Ltd, Tangshan Huizhong Instrumentation Co Ltd
• International pavilions and brand zone: for the first time ever in 2015, Belgian and German (Baden-Württemberg) pavilions will be present. The USA pavilion will also return after a successful experience last year.

Debut of “Sponge City Planning and Construction Enterprises” display area
Earlier this year, the Chinese government’s Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and Ministry of Water Resources jointly launched a national pilot project assigning 16 cities, referred to as “sponge cities”, to fully utilise rainwater. Various natural storage and natural purification systems of rainwater utilising permeation technologies will be implemented throughout these cities. A 700 m2 “Sponge City Planning and Construction Enterprises Display Area” will be set up at the Water Expo China for the first time to introduce case studies and share relative data and experiences gathered from pilot “sponge cities”. Additionally, contractors are invited to tender for pilot “sponge city” projects. It will be the ideal networking platform for industry players involved in businesses focused on rainwater utilisation, ecological water system construction, piping and drainage.

Upgraded “National Excellent Water Conservancy Scenic Area and Construction Enterprises Display Zone”
Complementing national policies advocating water ecology construction, the “National Excellent Water Conservancy Scenic Area and Construction Enterprises Display Zone” will increase to 600 m2. In this space, 200 sqm will be dedicated to water conservancy scenic area and 400 sqm to construction enterprises. Currently, there are 658 national and over 1,000 provincial and municipal level water conservancy scenic areas in 30 provinces and cities in China. These scenic areas offer communities significant leisurely and cultural value, while their development projects have generated huge business opportunities. Furthermore, with the support from Water Conservancy Scenic Area Construction and Management Office of the Ministry of Water Resources, the winner of the “Excellent Water Conservancy Scenic Area Award” will be displayed at the display zone. Trade media from the tourism industry are invited to follow the event. Leading water enterprises, developers and suppliers will gather under one roof for business discussions regarding future opportunities in the industry.
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