Show report 2016

The positive market trend in the immediate run-up to the world’s largest filtration show also characterised the course of FILTECH 2016 in Cologne and made for an excellent mood amongst the 360 exhibitors. With more than 12,000 participants over 3 days FILTECH 2016 has clearly exceeded all expectations and set a strong signal for further growth of the world-wide filtration and separation sector. At FILTECH 2016 65,5% of all foreign guests came from Europe. A substantial increase was also registered in the number of trade visitors from Italy, Poland, France, Turkey, USA, China, Japan, Korea and India. At FILTECH 2016 more than 57% of the trade visitors came from outside Germany. The experts came from 76 nations and all continents. 35,5% of all international guests came from overseas making the Show an intercultural experience and a unique platform for exhibitors to generate new business. Companies reported an overwhelming number of contacts, a marked willingness amongst trade visitors to invest, promising new business contacts from all over the world, quite specific contract negotiations and concrete business deals.

The Filtration Event

March 13-15, 2018
Cologne – Germany


+13% Participants
+12% Exhibitors

36 % Top-Executives

Meet and do business with top-level decision makers. 35,5% of all foreign guests came from overseas.


more than 380 Exhibitors will feature targeted solutions for filtration tasks of all industries.

International Participation

Visitor Profile

FILTECH 2011 – 2016

Visitor Statements…

Dr. Gunnar-Marcel Klein, Vice President Engineering Filter Elements, MANN+HUMMEL: “For more than 20 years MANN+HUMMEL has been participating at FILTECH with a large delegation. The conference is the place where we present our latest R&D results and connect ourselves with the best scientists in filtration and separation. Over the years, the exhibition has grown to a major event in the field of filtration. FILTECH is where we meet our most important suppliers in one place and get inspired by new ideas and the latest developments in filtration. This valuable input is crucial for our own innovative solutions.”

Guru Kwatra, Editor, Asian Technical Textiles: “FILTECH is a very unique event with its high-tech Conference and Exhibition to get updated on latest advances, techniques and innovations in filtration and separation sectors. FILTECH 2016 being the second event for me, a number of new developments I could see related to technical textiles and composites for filtration – products with meltblown layers, split-fibre nonwovens, filter nonwovens with nano-fibre coating, novel functional additives, sintered nonwovens filters, layered composites and material combinations, needle-felts as enzyme carriers, coating and lamination with special compounds, ePTFE-coated membranes, woven-mesh materials etc. I can only say it is the only single event one can meet experts from industry and academia every 18 months.”

Exhibitor Statements…

Karl Kersten, Head of the Application, Phenom-World: “FILTECH 2016 has been great for Phenom-World. It is the 3rd time we participate and we see more and more international exhibitors turning into happy customers. At FILTECH 2018 we will again demonstrate our scanning electron microscope research and quality assurance capabilities. FILTECH is the perfect setting for that and we are looking forward to the next event.”

Thomas Durant, Team Manager Marketing, Sonderhoff Holding GmbH: “For us, the Sonderhoff Group of companies, many new contacts will develop the world of the filter industry as a result of our participation in FILTECH 2016. For our highly specialised product range – reactive liquid seals and low-pressure mixing and dosing systems for sealing, bonding and casting of industrial components and system components – we can focus on finding an audience of professionals here. And although we are active in more than 50 countries, we conducted significantly more discussions “at home in Cologne” in English than in German and accordingly, we counted more international than German new contacts from our FILTECH trade fair presence in 2016! ”

Exhibitor Survey

David Franks, Director of AFL: “We have had a very successful time at FILTECH 2016, as our first show we have used the opportunity to gauge the current market and it has been a real eye opener. Exhibiting at FILTECH 2016 has helped identify the various markets we can now tap into and we will exhibit at FILTECH 2018 as well.”

Cagdas Yaz, Sales Executive, Mogul Nonwovens & Composites: “We firstly attended at FILTECH in 2015 and had many positive feedbacks even though we’re not a finished product producer so it wasn’t a hard decision to decide about participating in next event. We believe that FILTECH is one of the best gates to understand the market’s updated demands, to meet many of key players in one place and to exhibit your portfolio. ”

Michal Vaníček, Key Account Manager, Elmarco s.r.o.: “FILTECH is a top filtration event where you can meet many people from the industry at one single place. Although we are not a kind of filter company, we have no doubt about participation in FILTECH, as it keeps us in touch with right people and latest developments within the filtration community. Moreover, there is no other exhibition where we could gain so many customers, as we regularly do at FILTECH!”

Peter Reich, Manager Filtration Products Division, Sandler GmbH: “In recent years, the number of visitors has increased along with the scale of the trade fair. Being a nonwovens manufacturer, the FILTECH brings together exactly the audience we are looking to address. Therefore, the FILTECH 2016 again was a great success for Sandler.”

Frank Steegmanns, Key Account Manager Adhesives, Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH & Co. KG: “Our third time at FILTECH and each time we exhibit we see huge growth. We have grown with FILTECH to become a world leading supplier of bonding and sealing solutions for filtration. FILTECH 2016 once again proved to be the perfect place to meet our current clients, introduce ourselves to new ones and discuss new ideas and applications. FILTECH brings together all parts of the industry, from across the globe, to share experiences and information.”

Kunal Shah, Marketing & Export Manager, Arvind Ltd: “FILTECH 2016 was a great forum for Arvind ltd. to display it’s both woven & non-woven filtration products. It was great to meet the suppliers along the entire value chain of filtration products. Due to the great response received during last FILTECH, we will participate again at FILTECH 2018!”

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