Show report 2018

The positive market trend in the immediate run-up to the world’s largest filtration show also characterised the course of FILTECH 2018 in Cologne and made for an excellent mood amongst the 380 exhibitors. With 14,000 participants over 3 days FILTECH 2018 has clearly exceeded all expectations and set a strong signal for further growth of the world-wide filtration and separation sector. At FILTECH 2018 65,5% of all foreign guests came from Europe. A substantial increase was also registered in the number of trade visitors from Italy, Netherlands, France, India, Turkey, USA, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. At FILTECH 2018 more than 57% of the trade visitors came from outside Germany. The experts came from 73 nations and all continents. 34,5% of all international guests came from non European countries 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

October 22-24, 2019
Cologne – Germany


+16% Participants
+8% Exhibitors

35 % Top-Executives

Do business with top-level decision makers. 34,5% of all foreign guests came from non-european countries


more than 400 Exhibitors will feature targeted solutions for filtration tasks of all industries.

International Participation

Visitor Profile

FILTECH 2011 – 2018

Exhibitor Statements…

Dr. Gunnar-Marcel Klein, Vice President Engineering Filter Elements, MANN+HUMMEL: “MANN+HUMMEL was present as an exhibitor for the first time in 2018 with an excellent result. For more than 20 years we have been participating in the conference with a large delegation. Conference and trade fair are a must have for us as a filter manufacturer. 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.”

Peter Reich, Associate Sales Director, Sandler AG: “Being a nonwovens manufacturer, FILTECH brings together exactly the audience we are looking to address. With the filtration market changing rapidly, the exhibition and conference provide an ideal platform to discuss the most current topics with clients and partners and to gain new insight into market developments Therefore, the FILTECH 2018 again was a great success for Sandler.”

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 2018. 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 2018! ”

Frank Steegmanns, Key Account Manager Adhesives, Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH & Co. KG: “FILTECH has become the most important trade fair for filter technology. Stockmeier Urethanes has also grown to one of the leading supplier of Adhesives, Sealants and Casting System for filtration. This combination has been successful for years. FILTECH brings all parts of the industry, from across the globe, to share experiences and information. We are looking forward to be a part of FILTECH in 2019 again.”

Hiddo van de Ven, Global Segment Leader, Industrial, Low & Bonar: “The FILTECH 2018 Show in Cologne, Germany was a great success for Low & Bonar. We introduced our new Colback Plus product technology to the industry and we attracted a record number of visitors to our booth. The Filtech Show brings us together with the right target audiences for our products and this year did not disappoint. We will be back to exhibit next year.”

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Visitor Statement…

Guru Kwatra, Editor, Asian Technical Textiles: “FILTECH 2018 is the largest filtration show world-wide having a unique gamut of exhibitors from filtration and separation industry with dedicated high-level conferences and poster sessions spread over 3-days. Its continued momentum is very exemplary in attracting all types of manufacturers right from raw material providers in fibres/resins, adhesives, various filter media for applications in all sectors. In general current development trends were in use of nonwovens and composites offering effective separation capacity, technical fibres with integrated functional additives in nonwoven filter constructions, simulation programs to adopt fibre fineness, pore structure, fibre coating etc, ecologically effective disposal solutions for filters and filtration residues.

Innovative developments were in fine dust particulate filter representing an entirely new use for nonwoven filter media, processing technologies based around acoustic wave separation, dynamic cross-flow filter for purifying nutraceuticals, electro-static-precipitators capable of handling dust emissions limits of 5-10 mg/nm3, a unique filtration media with ability to combine EPA efficiencies, 2-component foam gaskets, drip tight filter press fabrics for EU and FDA compliant filters, air filter media from glass fabrics, foldable media for the separation of coarse to fine dusts, nonwovens made from temp resistant fibres for hot gas filtration etc.”

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