IE expo 2016: China opts for more waste incineration and recycling

With waste volumes increasing and landfill capacity declining, the Chinese government is looking more and more towards waste incineration and recycling. Experts estimate that the number of waste incineration facilities will rise to 220 by the end of the year. An increase in the recycling budget is also expected.

All of this points to good business prospects on the Chinese environmental market, including for international suppliers of technology. IE expo, Asia´s leading environmental technology trade fair, will be bringing the demand and supply sides in this sector together in Shanghai, between May 5 and 7, 2016.

The volume of waste generated in China is continuing to rise. According to the Chinese Environmental Statistical Yearbook, in 2014 alone there were 179 million tonnes of urban waste to be disposed of.

As much as 70 per cent of this is currently ending up in landfill sites, and the capacity of these facilities is dwindling. Moreover these waste dumps are poorly equipped and that is endangering the ground water and the atmosphere.

Adapted technologies and engineering know-how are in demand

Against this background the government of the People´s Republic is moving more and more towards waste incineration. Until now there has been no widespread system of waste incineration plants in China. At the end of 2013 there were 164 such facilities in operation. Experts are expecting that by the end of this year that number will have risen to over 220.

This expansion in thermal processing in China is also benefiting international companies, for example those engaged in turnkey construction of entire wasteincineration plants, or in the supply of components, such as cranes, grabbers, control and filter systems, and also those engaged in installing upstream sorting and recycling facilities. “Competition from Chinese firms is rising, but foreign suppliers have a strong position because of their technologies and their engineering know-how,” says Corinne Abele, one of the China experts at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), Germany´s economic development agency.

Sector experts expect higher investment in recycling

Therising volume of waste in China means recycling is becoming ever more important. Experts expect that in its next five-year plan the Chinese government will step up its budget in this area. In the period from 2011 to 2015 the equivalent of 42 billion US dollars was earmarked for the treatment of solid waste, of which around 3.3 billion US dollars was for sorting plant.

This means that the Asian recycling market is also becoming more attractive to companies in the environmental sector because demand is strong not only for methods of handling packaging waste, but also for treating sewage sludge and organic waste. Ms. Abele confirms this: “There are good opportunities, for example, for international technology suppliers who build drying, sorting and biogas plant adapted to local conditions and who can also in part operate these facilities.”

Waste and recycling solutions at IE expo in Shanghai

IE expo 2016 is taking up precisely these developments in the Asian environmental market and presenting waste-treatment and recycling solutions that are adapted to the Chinese market. Asia´s leading environmental technology trade show takes place from May 5 to 7, 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). It brings together all the relevant market players from the sector. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive and in-depth technical and scientific conference program. With almost 1,100 exhibitors from 27 countries and over 40,000 visitors, the last IE expo in May this year again scored top marks and was able to record a significant increase in the number of firms in the section on recycling.

Further information on IE expo: Application documents for exhibitors are available here online.

About IE expo

IE expo – presented by IFAT CHINA + EPTEE + CWS – is Asia’s Leading Trade Fair for Environmental Technology Solutions: Water, Waste, Air and Soil. The organizer of the event is MMI-ZM Trade Fairs Co. Ltd – a joint venture between MMI (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. and Shanghai ZM International Exhibition Co. Ltd. IE expo 2015 attracted 1.085 exhibitors from 27 countries and 40,046 visitors; the show occupied around 60,000 square meters of exhibition space. The next edition will be taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from May 5 to 7, 2016.

IFAT worldwide

Messe München supports the environmental technology sector by organizing not only IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for the sector, but also a range of other international environmental trade fairs at locations around the globe. These comprise IE expo in Shanghai, IFAT Eurasia in Turkey, IFAT India in Mumbai and the IFAT Environmental Technology Forum in Johannesburg.

Messe München

Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich alone. 14 of those events are number 1 in the world in their respective industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe München trade-fair center, the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München and the MOC Veranstaltungscenter München.

In addition, Messe München
organizes trade shows in China, India, Turkey and South Africa. Messe München has a global business presence with affiliates in Europe, Asia and Africa and more than 60 foreign representatives serving more than 100 countries.

About Shanghai ZM International Exhibition Co. Ltd (ZM)

Shanghai ZM International Exhibition Co. Ltd is a professional company with experience in organizing large-scale exhibitions and conventions nationally and abroad, highly valued in the business community. Established in February 2000, Shanghai ZM International Exhibition has set up Domestic Departments, an International Department and MP Zhongmao International Pte Ltd, a new joint-venture with Singapore MP Group.

With a proven record of success in organization and planning, Shanghai ZM International Exhibition has held numerous professional exhibitions in the environmental protection industry sector, water industry, petrochemicals, fluid and electric power, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, auto parts, etc.

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