SIWW2024 hosts the largest global gathering of the urban water community, reflecting significant growth in Southeast Asia’s municipal and industrial markets

  • Over 24,000 global water and city leaders, delegates, and trade visitors attended SIWW2024
  • SIWW2024 Water Expo featured exhibiting companies from over 30 countries and regions and nine country and regional pavilions, covering 22,000 square metres of exhibition space
  • 51% of exhibiting companies from overseas, catering to 35% of overseas trade visitors, mostly from ASEAN countries

SINGAPORE Media OutReach Newswire – 9 July 2024 – Into its 10th edition this year, the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2024 was held from 18 to 22 June at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre. The biennial event – one of the largest in the world – ended with record attendance. Over 24,000 water and city leaders, delegates and trade visitors from across the globe came through the doors of SIWW2024 to exchange knowledge, share best practices on innovative water, coastal and flood solutions, foster collaborations and create new business opportunities to tackle urban water and associated climate challenges.

Ryan Yuen, Managing Director of SIWW said: “SIWW this year marked a major achievement for us. It saw the largest gathering yet with 500 water and city leaders, including over 50 CEOs, representing major urban centres such as New York City, Tokyo, Dhaka, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Sao Paolo, Chennai, Johannesburg, Sydney, Manila and Hong Kong, convening at a single global platform. Their discussions centred on hot-button issues from water sustainability, net zero and decarbonisation, to digitalisation and coastal and flood resilience, aimed at driving effective climate action. With SIWW2024, we are pleased to be taking our partnership with Messe Munich forward, and through the IFAT global network, present an impactful SIWW Water Expo and delivery of high-quality content across our flagship programmes in editions to come.”

SIWW2024 Water Expo – A global trading platform with regional focus

A cornerstone of SIWW, the Water Expo is the pre-eminent marketplace for the latest urban water technologies, innovation, and solutions for municipal and industrial water users in Southeast Asia. Under a 10-year agreement between SIWW and Messe Munich’s subsidiary, MMI Asia, to organise the SIWW Water Expo in cooperation with IFAT[1], the partnership’s first iteration at SIWW2024 brought record breaking results.

Spanning 22,000 gross square metres over two floors, the Water Expo this year saw a high 35% share of international trade visitors, with a significant increase in visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand, underscoring the Water Expo’s distinct value proposition on fulfilling sourcing objectives in the ASEAN region. A marked increase in visitorship was also recorded from Asia-Pacific countries such as China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

Backing the strong visitor numbers is a new record of 51% of exhibiting companies coming from abroad, specifically from 29 countries and regions beyond Singapore. In addition, SIWW2024 Water Expo was grounds to the largest Singapore Pavilion in its 15-year history, and eight other country and regional pavilions from Australia, Canada, China, Flanders, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, who brought their latest state-of-the-art solutions and technologies to leverage the growing trend of global water companies seeking business in the region. The Expo also recorded a growing representation of water industry players from Germany and China in their respective country pavilions.

Michael Wilton, CEO & Managing Director of MMI Asia said: “SIWW2024 showed impressive results in bringing together global stakeholders needed to support the industry’s transformation in closing the loop for water circularity and supporting climate resilience. The Water Expo continues to be the number one platform for trade visitors, city and utility leaders as well as industry players seeking answers to the varying water challenges. Through Messe Munich’s partnership with Singapore International Water Week, we look forward to hosting even more exhibitors of technological solutions, innovations, and best practices in the next edition of this global event.”

Adapting to and mitigating climate change is crucial

According to Frost & Sullivan, countries in the region are currently seeing water policies and projects align with the EU’s green taxonomy. Initiatives in the region are currently addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, large-scale digitalisation, sustainable water use while transitioning to a circular economy, resource protection, and pollution prevention and control – all of which are geared towards protecting and restoring biodiversity and ecosystems.

Seeing these trends, this year’s Water Expo expanded into new growth areas, such as coastal protection, decarbonisation and digitalisation echoing the main themes of SIWW2024. This saw exhibiting companies bringing to the fore best-in-class products and services tailored for cities, utilities, and industries in Southeast Asia to engage in climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Providing solutions towards meaningful climate action

Over half of the exhibiting companies offered water and sewage treatment solutions, water supply and sewage systems, and water supply and sewage disposal systems, catering to the growth of treated wastewater for reuse projects as countries work to improve water supply resilience and reliability.

For example, Maynilad Water Services in the Philippines is developing more projects to localise water production after successfully establishing its water reclamation plant, which produces 10 million litres daily (MLD) of direct potable water.

Developing cities, seeing the gap in demand and supply due to water stress, have increased scrutiny over non-revenue water (NRW) loss and introduced a growing shift to smart water meters to improve the sustainability of the water supply infrastructure, reduce NRW, and optimise asset operation and management.

Air Selangor, a water utility in Malaysia, aims to reduce NRW and is currently trialling smart water meters embedded with acoustic sensors. Last year, it installed 40,000 smart meters, with future plans to cover its 9 million customers. Meanwhile, PUB, Singapore’s national water company, is implementing smart water meters to cover the rest of its 1.6 million accounts this year.

The Water Expo featured exhibiting companies offering smart tech, water digitalisation solutions, coastal protection, and flood resilience for city and utility leaders facing rapid urbanisation and extreme weather-related challenges such as droughts and floods and the pollution and depletion of groundwater, leading to the need to implement climate resilience and adaptation initiatives, digitalise assets, and implement smart water management systems.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s 100 Smart Cities scheme aims to implement smart water grids through its regional water companies. Other water utilities in the region, such as Air Selangor, Manila Water Company, and Maynilad, have installed holistic analytics platforms for network asset management and aim to further expand coverage.

The next edition of Singapore International Water Week will return in 2026.

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About Singapore International Water Week

As one of the premier global platforms, the biennial SIWW gathers thought leaders, experts and practitioners from governments, cities, utilities, and industry to share knowledge and best practices on innovative water, coastal and flood solutions, and foster partnerships to tackle urban water and associated climate challenges. Organised by PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency and Singapore’s Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, SIWW flagship programmes include the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, Leaders Roundtable and Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo, Thematic and Business Forums and Technical Site Visits. The 11th edition of SIWW will return in 2026, alongside CleanEnviro Summit Singapore organised by Singapore’s National Environment Agency.

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In addition to the world’s leading trade fair, IFAT, Messe München has wide-ranging expertise in organising other international environmental technology trade fairs. These include IE Expo China in Shanghai, IE Expo Chengdu in Chengdu, IE Expo Guangzhou in Guangzhou, IE Expo Shenzhen in Shenzhen, IFAT Africa in Johannesburg, IFAT Eurasia in Istanbul, IFAT India in Mumbai, IFAT Delhi in New Delhi, Singapore International Water Week (in cooperation with IFAT) in Singapore as well as IFAT Brasil in São Paulo from 2024 onward. Together, the ten IFAT events constitute the world’s largest network for environmental technologies.

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