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Pulire 2013: We expected yesterday to be even busier than the opening day had been and we weren't wrong. There's a real 'buzz' around the show floor and everybody - exhibitors and visitors alike, seem happy. We hear that visitor numbers on the opening day though were more than 2,000 higher than they were in 2011 and we think it's going to be the same story tomorrow. Bearing in mind that we are in the middle of an incredibly long downturn, the organisers deserve to be congratulated for a job well done.
At a large cleaning show such as this, exhibitors must spend many hours plotting how to make their stand the one that visitors walk onto (rather than, perhaps, a competitor's stand a few paces along) as there is simply so much competition and a limited selection of type of product that can be marketed to this industry.
As John and I didn't have a strict schedule yesterday, we decided to wander up and down each aisle and visit the stands that simply caught our eye. This turned out to be a great idea as we discovered new products and some real innovation too. Sometimes it was a case of what we call cosmetics that attracted us - perhaps an unusual colour or design, while others it was a sign saying 'NEW' (yes it's as simple as that) but even when we examined products that had stood out cosmetically, we found features that were well worth having on a product or machine.
Here are some of the things that impressed us:
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23rd May 2013