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RAI organises its first exhibition in China since coronavirus outbreak

Aquatech China 2020, the largest international exhibition for process, drinking and waste water in Asia, has opened its doors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai (31 August–2 September 2020). It is the first exhibition organised by the Amsterdam RAI group to take place since the coronavirus outbreak.

Aquatech China 2020 was originally planned to run 3-5 June, but was pushed back three months, a decision made after close monitoring of the situation. Now, in China, the events industry is opening up again.

“We are very grateful to our Chinese and international partners for their flexibility. I am happy to announce that almost 1,800 international and Chinese companies are taking part across 125,000sqm of exhibition space, ready to do business and to share with 80,000 (expected) visitors the latest developments for tackling China’s water issues,” said Maurits van der Sluis, COO of RAI Amsterdam.

Upon arrival at the entrance, visitors' faces are scanned by a camera, digitised, compared to the code in the system and recognised. After the visitor confirms their identity, a badge is printed by the system. 

Van der Sluis said a lot of attention had been paid to organise the exhibition according to governmental regulations in order to ensure a safe, responsible and hospitable Aquatech China. “They involve focal points such as hygiene guidelines, facemasks and temperature checking. During registration visitors have to provide their official ID-number and there is facial recognition at the entrance. At all times visitor flows are regulated. These changes are designed for the health and safety of our visitors,” he said.

Aquatech China is showcasing innovations in all segments of water technology with a varied conference programme with support from leading associations. Organisers said the show would be next held in June 2021, followed by Aquatech Mexico in September. The biennial Aquatech Amsterdam will be held on 2-5 November 2021 and the RAI reports that 85% of the show floor has already been sold.