13th Wasser Berlin: Many New Developments And Keen Interest Prior

International water industry meets from 30 March to 3 April 2009 in Berlin Record number of exhibitors expected a partner country for the first time new theme modules and extensive conference programme. Messe Berlin is reporting keen interest in the coming WASSER BERLIN, the leading European trade show for the water sector, which will be taking place in the German capital for the thirteenth time from 30 March to 3 April 2009. Just over a month before the official deadline for applications expires, on 15 October, some 400 exhibitors from 25 countries have already announced that they will be attending.

This means that more than 80 per cent of the available stand area is already booked. "In our experience there is always a late burst just before or just after the application deadline", comments Cornelia Wolff von der Sahl, Project manager for WASSER BERLIN. "Augmented by several new developments and in view of the growing importance of the subject of water, we expect to surpass last year's excellent figures of 550 exhibitors and some 26,000 trade visitors."

The trade show covers the complete cycle from water extraction to its transport, distribution, disposal and treatment. In addition to a particular focus on pipeline construction a number of new features are being introduced in the form of modules dealing with "Seawater desalination" and "Geothermics". Other highlights of the displays will include climate change and flood prevention, innovative developments in valves and pumps, and in measurement, regulating and analysis systems. In addition, in the interests of exhibitors and visitors attending WASSER BERLIN, Messe Berlin has decided to hold it separately from GAS BERLIN. Until now the two events have been held together, but it is felt that this new arrangement will allow attention to focus solely on the water industry.

In another new development there will be a partner country, Bulgaria, for the first time. This is a consequence of the international involvement of Messe Berlin in the planning and development of "Water Sofia". In new EU member states in particular there is keen interest in the latest water technology, because these countries are having to improve their water supply and sewage systems to meet EU standards.

As in previous years WASSER BERLIN will be accompanied by an extensive programme of conferences. This time 15 associations and institutions will be staging a total of 23 groups of papers, seminars and workshops. Topics range from drinking water hygiene to water and sewage in the Near and Middle East, and a Symposium on the History of Water. Regular features include the Well Construction Conference, the Pipeline Construction Symposium, the International Water Management Forum and the International Conference on Oxidization Technology.

As part of the revised concept for 2009, for the first time each institution will organize its own conference section, as it is felt that this will be a more effective way of meeting the individual requirements of different target groups.

There will be an interactive display for the general public entitled "WASsERLEBEN". This is an opportunity for all those who are interested to obtain an overview, in some cases in a more light-hearted way, of the many different facets of the subject of water. At the last WASSER BERLIN in 2006 over 10,000 visitors took the opportunity to obtain wide-ranging information.

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