Filtration 2011 Tradeshow and Conference Again Successful (full screen)
Both attendance and exhibitor numbers were near record-breaking for annual event at Navy Pier in Chicago in November.

Filtration 2011 drew a near-record 1,670 attendees to the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, November 15-1 , 2011. This attendance figure is up 20% over Filtration 2010 last year in Philadelphia.

One of the largest — and most successful filtration events ever — filled Chicago's Navy Pier last November as suppliers, customers and end users from around the world took part in three days of education, new products and networking at the Filtration 2011 International Conference and Exposition held November 15-17.

Living up to its billing as the largest and most important filtration industry event in the world-Filtration 2011 drew a near-record 1,670 attendees, which is up 20% over Filtration 2010 held last year in Philadelphia.

Filling Navy Pier exhibit halls were a total of 132 exhibitors from 16 countries with 20 of the exhibitors first-time participants.

"The strong attendance and impressive number of exhibitors confirm the important role that Filtration 2011 plays in the business of filtration," says Rory Holmes, president of INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, organizer of the annual event. "The Midwest location proved very attractive for both attendees and exhibitors from around the world."

The American Filtration and Separation Society was also in attendance, celebrating the start of their 25th anniversary year. Sharing its booth with International Filtration News, many companies learned about the many benefits this long-standing society provides in education and industry intelligence to this global industry.

"Attendees at Filtration 2011 were able to see and touch the latest developments in raw materials, machinery and finished products from both established and new companies from everywhere filtration products are made and used," Holmes added.

In addition to the Exposition, the well-attended three-day Filtration 2011 Conference focused on vital topics to the business of filtration in 2011 and beyond. "The conference this year highlighted such topical issues as interior air quality, control of airborne illnesses and industrial efficiencies, in addition to the latest product technology," said INDA's Director of Technical Affairs, Steve Ogle.

A highlight of the conference was a session called "Twenty Years of Progress - Looking into the Future." Executives from four leading filtration companies - Ahlstrom, AAF, Flanders and Hollingsworth & Vose - shared a brief historical perspective of progress and market developments, their current view of the filtration marketplace, and a focused look to future trends and dynamics in the business.

A2Z Filtration Specialties, a well-known exhibitor from India, also experienced non-stop traffic in their booth. In speaking with their team of experts we were told that they enjoyed the high-level of quality visitors to their booth. A wide variety of quality products and efficient machinery were on display, which created solid potential for A2Z.

Also, as part of the Filtration 2011 Conference, the always well-attended Filtration 101 & Filtration 201 sessions covered the basics of both Air and Liquid Filtration, along with discussions of common applications in both fields.

Once again, a Best Booths competition was held to recognize and reward the most attractive and innovative displays at Filtration 2011. Winners were announced in three categories: Large Booth (more than 200 square feet), Ahlstrom Filtration; Small Booth (less than 200 square feet), Colbond; and New Booth, Universal Air Filter.

Filtration 2012 is scheduled for November 13-15, 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania..

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