The second edition of the Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, SIGA, organised by IFEMA, came to a close showing an upward growth trend compared with the 2017 event. A total of 3,524 professionals — 2.7% more than in the previous event — from 33 countries learned about the diverse and innovative products and solutions presented at the fair, with 47 direct exhibitors, 78 companies represented, and 128 brands from 18 countries.
The number of participating professionals was even larger is we consider the visitors to SIGA's pavilion 2, registered to attend concurrent trade shows (Climatización & Refrigeración (air conditioning and refrigeration), Genera (energy), Tecnova-Piscinas (swimming pools) and HydroSenSoft (water sensors and software)).
Once again SIGA stood out for its professional quality, with an excellent and diverse offering presented by exhibitors, enabling visitors and manufacturers to establish important commercial relations in this unique setting.
Of the total number of attendees, 7% were from outside Spain, mainly from Portugal, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands, but also from other countries such as Mexico, Chile, Iraq, Morocco, Israel, Japan or the United Arab Emirates. National visitors from all regions of Spain attended the SIGA 2019 event, the majority of them from Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha, Valencia and Castile-Leon.
In terms of visitor profiles, we may note that the per cent of attendees from public authorities and institutions and embassies went up from 9 to 17%. Visitors from building companies and water service providers continue to be the most represented professional profile, with 26%. A large portion of the professionals attending SIGA, some 23%, hold technical positions at their respective companies, followed by senior managers, who were 22%, and those in charge of business sales and marketing, another 22% of the total.
A total of 3,524 professionals from 33 countries learned about the diverse and innovative products and solutions presented at SIGA
This second SIGA event had the support of ACCIONA Agua, Aqualia and Canal de Isabel II, as well as the main trade associations in the sector: ADECAGUA, the Water Quality Protection Association; AEAS, the Spanish Association for Water Supply and Sanitation; AEDYR, Spanish Desalination and Water Reuse Association; AGA, Spanish Association of Urban Water Service Providers; ASAGUA, Spanish Association of Water Technology Companies; ASERSA, Spanish Association of Sustainable Water Reuse; ASETUB/ANAIP, Spanish Association of Plastic Pipes and Fittings Manufacturers; FLUIDEX, Spanish Association of Fluid Manipulation Services and Equipment Exporters; IBSTT, Iberian Association of Trenchless Technology; PTEA, Spanish Water Technology Platform; SEOPAN, Association of Infrastructure Building and Concession Holding Companies; TECNIBERIA, Spanish Association of Engineering, Consulting and Technology Services Companies; as well as AQUA ESPAÑA, ALTAP, CEDINOX and the Nickel Institute.
Furthermore, iAgua, Aguasresiduales.Info, FuturEnviro, GWI, Retema and TecnoAqua also participated as media partners.
First International Water Conference at IFEMA
As part of SIGA 2019, the 1st International Water Conference, on 'New challenges and solutions for water in sustainable cities', was held on February 27th. The main national and international entities involved in the water sector participated in the conference, attended by 250 people, such as the International Water Association (IWA); the European Federation of National Associations of Water Services (EUREAU); the World Bank; the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); and the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition.
Pedro Rollán, Vice-president of the Regional Government of Madrid and Chairman of Canal de Isabel II, opened the conference. Water sector professionals gave their presentations at the Auditorio Sur, in the premises of Feria de Madrid. The presentation of Kala Vairavamoorthy, Director of the IWA, focused on the technological challenges of water at the global level, reiterating the need to evolve to a circular economy model. Then, Bruno Tisserand, President of EUREAU, talked about water challenges in Europe, also referring to the circular economy. Natalia Limones, Drought Management Consultant for the World Bank, described urban water challenges in the Middle East and North Africa, in cities with high water stress and rapid growth. Sergio Campos, Director of the Water and Sanitation Division of the IDB, spoke about urban water challenges in Latin America, and achieving SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All. Finally, Hugo Morán, State Secretary for the Environment at the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition brought the focus to the situation in Spain and the Mediterranean region, closely linked to climate change. From the presentations, we could draw important conclusions for the sector, anticipating the trend in sustainable water management in the coming years, with the United Nations SDG number 6 and the circular economy at the core of the changes and transformations in the sector.
The first International Water Conference and the Trade Fair for Innovative Water Management Solutions, SIGA, were held at the premises of Feria de Madrid from February 26th to March 1st, concurrently with HydroSenSoft, the International Symposium and Exhibition of Hydro-Environment Sensors and Software; the International HVAC and Refrigeration Trade Show (Climatización & Refrigeración); the International Energy and Environment Trade Fair (Genera); and the Swimming Pool Technology and Innovation Trade Fair, Tecnova-Piscinas. These concurrent events were visited by more than 75,000 professionals.