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The dust has settled on the Amsterdam Rai and all the ISSA/Interclean exhibition stand paraphernalia will have been packed away and shipped out, while those who had to oversee the breakdown will have moved on to another event in a different part of the world (since some appear to spend their lives moving from one cleaning show or the like, to another).
The Amsterdam event has got so big that stand staff will only have seen a fraction of it, while those who were there to walk, visit and discover, are no doubt regretting the fact that they didn’t get to see everyone and everything they had planned to, as John and I are. Some we met in the aisles on the final afternoon had not been aware that there were other halls to visit – they thought they’d covered everything. But by then it was too late.
There’s always 2018 though…
As usual, the show was a resounding success. When you consider its sheer scale, the fact that the organisers managed to issue a closing statement detailing visitor numbers and countries of origin before most of us had even arrived at the airport for our trips home, is testament to the hard work and professionalism of the Dutch. They deserve to be congratulated.
Cleaning shows all seem to have a hotly-contested Innovation Awards programme and these tend to involve a lot of hard work on the part of the entrants (and sometimes an entry fee) and some deep consideration from the judges, tasked with determining the winners. Having helped judge the Pulire Awards at the Verona show, John and I are aware of the commitment that this involves.
Having once again enjoyed ourselves out in Amsterdam, John and I discussed some of the innovation we felt had made (or would make) an impact and I suggested we have our own lighthearted Innovation Awards what won’t require any extra work from the contenders. John came up with the name: The Quirkies – and you can read about them here…
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19th May 2016