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The December 14, 2009
At the latest Pollutec, the exhibition of environmental equipment, technologies and services, which took place from 1 to 4 December 2009 at Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, the Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) and its partners* joined forces to offer the exhibition's international visitors a unique insight into the region.
More than 700 foreign companies were sent advance details of events organised to help them maximise their attendance at Pollutec:
This 24th Pollutec welcomed 33,000 visitors, 5,500 of them international industry professionals. The show hosted over 1,400 exhibitors representing 35 countries, over an exhibition area of more than 43,000 m2.
Paris Region's stand was boosted by the presence of numerous regional and departmental agencies: the Paris Region Agency for the Environment and New Energies, the Paris Region Centre for Innovation, the Paris Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry network, the Essone Development Agency, Seine-Saint-Denis Future, the Val d'Oise Economic Development Agency, EPA Sénart (a public body involved in the planning and development of the new town of Sénart), Seine-et-Marne Development and PREDA.
International exhibitors at the show included Peru (the guest country of honour), Japan, Germany (featuring Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia), Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Canada (Ontario and Alberta), Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.
In conjunction with its regional departments, PREDA arranged a number of industry-specific site visits to give the exhibition's international visitors an opportunity to appreciate what Paris Region had to offer in terms of know-how and commitment to the environmental sector.
Five tours were organised spotlighting Paris Region's expertise in waste treatment, renewable energy (particularly photovoltaics) and green construction. Forty visitors from 17 countries took advantage of these visits to learn more about Paris Region and form partnerships with sites visited or simply draw inspiration from what they saw in order to develop similar practices in their own countries. The geographic regions participating in the tours were primarily Africa (Nigeria and Tunisia), the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela), Asia (China and South Korea) and Europe (Britain, Greece and Portugal).
36 companies from 10 countries (primarily Germany) also took part in individual meetings at which they were provided with specific economic information on the Paris Region and the environment market. The possibility of assistance in the areas of recruitment and real estate research for certain capital spending projects was also examined.
* The Essonne Development Agency, the Val d'Oise Economic Development Agency, Yvelines General Council, Paris Development, Seine-et-Marne Development, Seine-Saint-Denis Future, Val de Marne Development Agency
update April 19, 2012