Eight associations contribute expertise
Industry organisations support the paired RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE trade fairs
Demo fairs profit from support of industry associations
Association partners include the German engineering association VDMA, which represents more than 3,000 primarily small- and medium-sized companies in the capital goods sector, making it one of the largest industrial associations in Europe. According to the association, waste- and recycling-technology manufacturers can still expect a positive boost from the amendment of the Commercial Waste Ordinance (GewAbfV). Increasing amounts of waste wood are forecast – one contributing factor is construction activity, says Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA executive board. “At the same time, quality requirements for waste wood are growing. In the Wood & Biomass special theme area in Karlsruhe, trade fair visitors can experience suitable processing machinery in action.”
The German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse) represents more than 880 primarily small- and medium-sized companies in the secondary raw materials, recycling and waste management industry. It has been a RecyclingAKTIV partner association from day one. Chief Executive Officer Eric Rehbock is convinced that companies in this sector must focus even more intensively on recycling. He says that the Chinese import stop and the good or very good capacity utilisation of waste incineration plants are clear signals for the market. The German Commercial Waste Ordinance and the Packaging Act (VerpackG) provide clear legal guidance in this area: “To comply with these laws and maintain a foothold in the market, recycling businesses need the right equipment technology. The RecyclingAKTIV and TiefbauLIVE trade fair pairing provides the necessary information; in the demonstration areas and special theme areas visitors can see the highly modern equipment in operation,” explains Rehbock.
The Federal Association of German Steel Recycling and Disposal Companies (BDSV) places a special focus on the recycling of scrap metal. Here the industry is demanding increasingly high-quality raw materials. “For our recycling operations, quality requirements are increasing, including in the areas of shredding and separation technology. Accurately sorting and separating the materials is the top priority – it’s the only way to achieve closed cycles for valuable materials,” explains BDSV Managing Director Ulrich Leuning. He adds that RecyclingAKTIV provides industry experts with a quick overview of the latest technological developments. The performance of the machines can be observed first hand at the stands of the manufacturers and distributors as well as in the Mobile Scrap & Metal Yard special theme area. “Furthermore, we will hold our southwest state convention during the paired trade fairs. That’s where we discuss current issues that affect the industry, like the controversial legal classification of steel chips contaminated with cutting fluids, which is currently being discussed by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment,” says Leuning.
TiefbauLIVE works closely with VDBUM
The VDBUM trade association, which once conceived, launched and organised the TiefbauLIVE, now serves as a partner for civil engineering. VDBUM will once again take on the technical organisation, configuration and implementation of the road and path construction and canalisation demonstration building sites, where live demonstrations of machinery, changing systems and add-on equipment are held featuring real-life process steps. And of course the digitalisation megatrend does not get short shrift: “The demonstration building sites show what is already possible today in terms of machine control, environment recognition and obstacle warning systems, as well as documentation and automation of workflows,” says Dieter Schnittjer, VDBUM Managing Director and member of its executive board. Digital coordination of the building site is already a criterion in many calls for tender and will become standard on every building site in the coming years, Schnittjer predicts.