WEFTEC 2017 was one of the largest events in WEF’s 90-year history — with 22,860 registrants and 1,011 exhibitors using 305,600 net square feet of space.
As a first-time attendee to WEFTEC, I had the chance to see the industry in full swing. My biggest takeaway: the incredible product demonstrations and technology, as well as the companies behind them, and how they address the challenges that industrial manufacturers face in the area of water treatment. One thing is for sure, there is an abundance of passion for industrial water treatment and reuse among those in attendance and the exhibitors.
That passion for innovation was also evident during the opening general session. The keynote speaker, Fredi Lajvardi, energetically described his experience as a high school teacher and STEM advocator. His stories of leading a group of kids through science and engineering competitions started WEFTEC’s first exhibition day on a positive, inspirational note. Lajvardi’s best-selling book, "Spare Parts," and its 2017 IMAX film adaptation are now on my must-read and must-see lists.
Filling two halls at McCormick Center in Chicago, the exhibitors brought their products and technology to the show floor with fantastic booth setups and displays. I had a chance to talk to many of them, and I look forward to presenting some of these new industry developments to our readers in upcoming issues of Water Technology. For now, here are a few highlights from the show:
The Water Technology team had a wonderful time at WEFTEC, making new connections as well as strengthening current partnerships, and we look forward to growing these opportunities with you. See you in New Orleans next year!
Molly Rogers is the editor of Water Technology. She can be reached at [email protected] or 205-408-3744.