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Although this is the final part of our live show report from last week’s ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam, it was clear that the new products and real, very clever innovation we discovered there, will help fill Cleanzine’s pages for weeks to come.
For our part, we noticed a solid move towards sustainability with chemicals, machinery and consumables. We like that! A number of companies also launched some really useful apps so if you want to improve your standards of cleaning, streamline your training processes and avoid costly and sometimes dangerous mistakes on site, watch this space!
The show organisers tell us that the event registered the largest gathering of cleaning professionals in the world to date, giving a positive indication that the industry is recovering from the recession - a major encouragement for the entire sector.
“A rise in attendance of 5% (29,325 visitors) compared to 2012 (28,001 visitors) is very good news for the global cleaning industry,” says event manager Rob den Hertog. “We also had more exhibitors (696) than at the last edition (669). There were four buzzing days filled with positive vibes and a genuine sense of good business was conducted. We are very proud on this 25th edition and are grateful to our exhibitors and visitors for reinforcing the position of ISSA/Interclean as an exhibition not-to-be-missed.”
John and I are already looking forward to the next event in 2016 (10 - 13 May) but hope the rain holds off! I’ve been visiting the show every year since 1990 (when I was a PR manager working on what was then the Lever Industrial account) and just about every year in between too, but I’ve never had to get a brolly out. Last week really made up for it!
Finally, there was a sad occurrence on the opening day, which did far more to dampen people’s spirits than the rain did – the collapse of Peter Holt, ex-Truvox International managing director, Tacony CFC board member and past master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, at the show’s 25th anniversary celebration at which, I believe, he was being honoured for services to the industry. Peter sadly passed away in hospital shortly afterwards.
We deliberately chose not to make an announcement in the Cleanzine Show Daily - not because of any lack of regard for Peter but because we felt that, bearing in mind Peter's involvement in overseas markets in different time zones and the close relationships he will have built up in those countries, it would have been wrong for those who were close to Peter to learn of his passing through the media, rather than a more sensitively handled personal phone call.
His funeral was held yesterday. An obituary features below and it should go without saying that our thoughts are with Peter’s wife and daughter and his wider family and close friends.
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15th May 2014