Just before Ifat Entsorga 2010 in Munich opens from 13 to 17 September, the fair is already reporting an extremely large number of exhibitors: More than 2,600 companies from more than 44 countries have already registered for the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management. That is an increase compared to the last time that the fair was held (2,605 exhibitors from 41 countries). Now it is also clear that Ifat Entsorga will occupy one more hall than Ifat 2008. The response, especially among foreign exhibitors, who currently account for 37 % of all exhibitors (compared to 33 % in 2008), has been particularly positive. This trend is also confirmed by demand for joint stands for contingents of international exhibitors: So far 14 countries including Austria, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Korea, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States have registered joint exhibits at Ifat Entsorga – not to mention several joint exhibits from organisations in Germany. Like the 2008 fair, there will also be a joint exhibit sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). A total of twelve new and innovative companies will present their products and technologies to a broad-based audience of industry professionals on a good 250 m2 of exhibition space. For the second time, the so-called Research & Education Area will also be part of the fair. A total of 24 colleges and universities will present their innovations and research results on some 400 m2 of exhibition space.