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Messe Berlin spruces up for CMS 2017
Messe Berlin is polishing its image in time for the global event of the year for the industry - the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017, being held from 19th to 22nd September alongside the Congress of the World Federation of Cleaning Contractors (WFBSC, 18th - 20th September, Hall 7,) which is being held in Berlin for the first time.
For this occasion, no effort is being spared to ensure that the fair, the congress and the exhibition grounds themselves make the best possible impression on guests from every continent.
The venue, Berlin, is the home of numerous trade fairs and international congresses that are leading events in their fields. Along with major trade fairs with a worldwide impact such as the Green Week, Fruit Logistica, ITB, IFA and InnoTrans, the annual calendar of events also includes a whole range of national and international shows for the trade and the public, as well as some 50 guest events.
On average these outstanding events attract over two million visitors annually, and more than 30,000 exhibitors. And the appearance of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds is a major factor in ensuring a feeling of wellbeing among the exhibitors, trade visitors and the general public. Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene presents the fair's organisers with a massive challenge and an important management task.
This array of tasks requires a major feat of logistics on the part of the in-house departments and external service providers. For 365 days a year they are committed to cleaning, maintaining and servicing the area used for trade fairs. Highly trained climbing specialists are regularly at work under the ceilings of the halls, large areas of glass and building facades are cleaned, while various types of cherry pickers and aerial work platforms are extended to a great height in order to carry out maintenance, cleaning and repairs.
Outdoor areas covering some 190,000 square metres are cleaned using large scale sweepers and more compact units. In addition to the cleaning work carried out every day, repair and maintenance is mainly concentrated in the summer holiday period when there are fewer events. That is when work is at its most intense in order to smarten up the 26 hall complexes covering a total area of 172,000sq.m.
The basic summertime cleaning work includes up to 25,000sq.m of foyers and thoroughfares, 1,600sq.m of sanitary installations, and 4,700sq.m of glass on balustrades and moving staircases. Other specialised work includes the cleaning of escalators in the CityCube. The cleaning of the various areas of glass covers well over 21,000sq.m, including more than 4,000sq.m of facades at the South Entrance to the Exhibition Grounds. The cleaning work that is carried out when events are taking place is no less impressive. At major events such as InnoTrans, the world's leading trade fair for transport technology, as much as 60,000sq.m of stand areas is often cleaned in one day. This requires careful planning, flexibility and good cooperation with the various service providers.
Basic care and maintenance of the Exhibition Grounds are the responsibility of the Messe Berlin subsidiary Capital Facility GmbH. Its remit includes routine office cleaning in all the administrative areas, regular maintenance cleaning (when events are not taking place) of halls, thoroughfares and sanitary facilities, outdoor areas and open spaces, maintenance cleaning of glass including the washing of frames, and regular pest control on the Exhibition Grounds.
Event-related services on the grounds are provided by Department ES 32 - Cleaning & Waste Disposal Management of Messe Berlin. In particular, this involves preparing technical, customised approaches to provide project- and exhibitor-related services at events, and the coordination of waste disposal and cleaning services to ensure that the event areas always look their best. Another important range of tasks involves determining requirements, placing orders, coordination, monitoring and accounting for the technical event services provided by subsidiaries and outside companies, in accordance with prescribed budgetary constraints.
Messe Berlin pays a great deal of attention to protecting the environment. For the disposal of refuse, separate containers are used for recyclable materials such as wood, cardboard/paper, glass and plastic sheeting. The waste disposal vehicles conform to the Euro-standards 4 to 5 and emission categories 2 to 3, and are being converted to run of fuel made from rapeseed oil. The selection criteria for the recycling or disposal installations are their economic efficiency and distance from the Exhibition Grounds, to keep fuel consumption and pollutant emissions to a minimum. Refuse disposal is dealt with by a specialist company with the appropriate certification (ISO 9001).
During the cleaning work, separate systems are deployed to deal with glass, cardboard/paper and packaging waste from offices and administrative areas as well as from thoroughfares and connecting passageways on the event areas. The cleaning chemicals are biodegradable. Water is employed in the recycling scrubber dryer machines, and electric power is predominantly used to propel them. The cleaning companies have been given ISO 90001 and 14001 certification.
The events taking place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds have resulted in an impressive cleaning performance and the disposal of substantial amounts of refuse. In 2016, which featured a large number of events, the cleaning work on the Exhibition Grounds covered the following: 7.3 million sq.m of hall area, 4.1 million sq.m of thoroughfares, 515,000 sq.m of sanitary facilities and 5.6 million sq.m of outdoor areas.
In 2016, the amounts of waste disposed of were: 3,350 tonnes of commercial waste, 89 tonnes of food waste, 88 tonnes of cardboard/paper, 15 tonnes of glass, eight tonnes of plastic sheeting, 3,200 tonnes of wood, 92 tonnes of mixed building waste, 24 tonnes of scrap metal, 15 tonnes of carpets, 81 tonnes of dung and six tonnes of paint and lacquers.
The cleaning industry's global event of the year will show how today's professional service providers carry out commercial cleaning, as well as the machines and products that are used. From 19th to 22nd September 2017 at the Berlin ExpoCenter City, the International Cleaning Trade Fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services., will be providing a comprehensive overview of the innovations in cleaning machinery and equipment and also in cleaning, care and disinfecting materials.
27th July 2017