Israel was the Partner Country at this year’s Green Ventures Forum – Germany’s leading B2B platform in the cleantech arena. This international forum takes place in conjunction with the TerraTec and EnerTec exhibitions in Leipzig, and was attended by 190 companies from over 37 countries.
One of the companies attending was E.S.T Ecologic Systems, which provides a unique solution to treat hazardous organic waste, and is based in Beersheba in the south of Israel. We spoke with E.S.T’s CEO Yoni Gimpelevich: “The events in Leipzig presented a tremendous opportunity for us, and I am confident that E.S.T will receive significant business as a result,” says Gimpelevich.
He tells about a visit to the Israeli booth by a large international consulting group, which was introduced to E.S.T’s technology there for the first time. Although only a week has passed since the event, E.S.T is already providing cost estimates for specific projects to the company, and Gimpelevich estimates the business could reach the millions of Euros. “Hemdat Sagi of the Economic Office and Adi Yefet of Israel NewTech did a really wonderful job giving Israeli companies very high quality exposure to significant potential customers internationally,” concludes Gimpelevich.
“The opportunity for the attending Israeli companies was tremendous,” says Hemdat Sagi, Israel’s Economic Officer in Berlin. “The Israeli companies held over a hundred meetings with companies from over 30 countries and we got excellent feedback from the participants on the level of the events and meetings.”
The Israeli Economic Office in Berlin and Israel NewTech organized an Israeli booth at the TerraTec exhibition, giving the attending Israeli companies an additional platform to communicate their solutions, and to conduct further meetings. During the second day of the event a business seminar on cooperation opportunities for German and Israeli companies was held, and a showcase of the Israeli technologies was on display at the TerraTec event.
Adi Yefet, head of the water arena at Israel NewTech, participated in the seminar together with the Israeli ambassador to Berlin Yaakov Hadas-Hendelsman and the head of the German Israeli Renewable Energy Committee (GIREC) Dr. Werner Schnappauf. “The string of events, culminating in a gala evening in the Leipzig City Hall which was attended by the Mayor of Leipzig, the Israeli ambassador and other high-ranking officials, gave maximum exposure to the participating Israeli companies,” concluded Yefet. “Germany is both a powerful player in the energy arena and a strong trading partner of Israel’s, and we made sure to take advantage of these international events to open more doors for Israel’s growing alternative energy industry.”
The Israeli companies which attended the Green Ventures and the satellite events were: Green City, Qnergy, Ludan Group, Sha’ked Microbial Solutions, E.S.T Ecologic Systems, E.V.R Motors, Hanita Coatings, Rad Green, and Integrated Regional and Environmental Planning.