Rimini, Italy — The four days of Rimini Fiera saw an new record for the 18 years of the environment expos: 101,144 visitors meaning 8.6 percent more than 2013. The figures document an outstanding foreign participation too, with industry members from 86 countries, 30 of which were from overseas. There were 350 buyers at the expo, with Turkey as the most represented geographical area, followed by the Balkan countries and North Africa. Then Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, South America and Poland.
Rimini Fiera chairman Lorenzo Cagnoni comments: „The success borne out by the quantity and quality of domestic and foreign visitors is the result of an impressive operating plan staged during the year in the interest of companies` business. We are very satisfied: Our network of expos dedicated to the environment is now among the very top in Europe and the next challenge in Brazil opens up fascinating new horizons.“
1,200 companies hosted
On the Rimini expo days, sixteen halls hosted 1,200 companies divided into the various exhibitions: Ecomondo (dedicated to the recovery and reuse of material and energy), Key Energy (renewable energy and energy efficiency), Key Wind (wind energy), H2R (sustainable mobility), Cooperambiente (cooperative system for the environment) and Condominio Eco (solutions and services for buildings). Thanks a valuable agreement with Federutility, further development was announced in the section dedicated to the integrated water cycle and the protection of water resources.
Business unit manager Simone Castelli comments: „Our experience allows not only to measure expos` success with figures, but also perceiving the atmosphere in the expo halls. From this point of view it was an exhilarating week. Green economy is no longer just a part of the economy, but rather one of the most important drivers of growth and the companies we saw as key players at the expo have what it takes to push towards development.
Contents with three fundamental aspects
Prof. Fabio Fava, leader of the Technical Scientific Committee, explains: „In the expo space, we included conferences and workshops dedicated to companies` problems, technological innovation and international cooperation, forming a unique bond between the academic world, industry and institutions, and between policy, research and innovation. In this edition and in the future, our aim is to be an increasingly concrete opportunity for industry members and enterprises, as well as for public research. This is not a slogan: Participants in Ecomondo find concrete instruments for growing, understand the direction taken by research and innovation, as well as how to obtain financing, meet international demand and understand the opportunities offered by new value chains and industrial symbiosis.“
The contents have three fundamental aspects: attention to the world of SMEs, backbone of the national economy; communicating the value of research and innovation, with the explanation of available financing, including that of the EU, and their economic consequences; lastly, internationality, and this year`s focuses on the countries of the Mediterranean area, Brazil, Russia and China.
In 2015 the green economy expos will be at Rimini Fiera from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th November. Next year they will also be joined by the SAL.VE International waste vehicle expo, which changes from triennial to biennial frequency.
Source: Rimini Fiera S.p.A.