Innovation is the key to continuing success in the professional cleaning industry, so here are the new features you can expect at Interclean Amsterdam 2018.
Building on successful foundations
The New Year is usually a time to look forward; to plan for the future. But I want to begin 2018 by taking a quick glance at the past – specifically the last time Interclean Amsterdam came to town.
The 2016 show was a major success, bringing more than 30,000 visitors from around the world together to explore the future of the cleaning and hygiene industry .
Innovation was the word on most people’s minds, with three-quarters of visitors attending the event to learn about new products, services and technologies. This cemented Interclean Amsterdam’s position as the leading trade fair of its kind.
The exhibition’s reputation as a launch pad for innovation is one of the reasons we have such a loyal following from our visitors around the world. But that was 2016, and the 2018 show is set to be even better.
New Year, new features
Imagine an exhibition about innovation that didn’t itself innovate with what it offered attendees. This year’s show needs to demonstrate it has even more of the spirit of innovation that makes it a success. And, to achieve that, we’ve introduced a range of new features that will give you a guide to what the future of your sector will look like.
The main additions to this year’s event are three brand-new segments:
At this year’s show, we’re introducing our Healthcare LAB, where you’ll discover the most innovative cleaning products and solutions for the healthcare sector – as well as meeting the leaders in the field.
We’re also hosting the Healthcare Forum 2018, bringing the industry’s top minds together to discuss the future of infection prevention. This aims to bridge the communicational gap between the cleaning industry and the diverse world of healthcare.
Featuring seminar sessions on the impact of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), the forum will cover a range of topics – including cleaning as a patient safety initiative, ‘cleaning in healthcare: new concepts’, ‘education: where are the blackspots in communication between cleaning and healthcare staff?’, and how to count of cost and value of hospital cleaning.
This will be a unique knowledge-sharing and networking opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Business waste is a huge issue for companies all over the world, and everyone is looking for new ways to achieve their corporate social responsibility targets by reducing the amount of waste they generate – as well as how to increase revenue by using recycled products as raw materials for a new production cycle.
To help companies understand their roles and responsibilities in reducing waste, we’ve introduced the Zero Waste LAB to Interclean Amsterdam 2018. This will feature interactive ‘anatomy of the bin bag’ workshops, where The ZeroWaste Foundation will show visitors just how much waste they could be recycling on a day-to-day basis, but don’t.
Running throughout the show, the workshop will give you a clear idea of how you can drive a drastic drop in the amount of waste your business creates. Along with the knowledge of how to influence key elements in the process – including people, logistics, technology and raw materials – the Zero Waste LAB will provide you with the spark of inspiration to go away and improve your company’s practices.
From healthcare to hospitality, organisations are starting to question how efficient and cost-effective it is to outsource their laundry services – and many are coming to the conclusion that they’d be better off bringing this process in-house again.
A major element in the decision to invest in On-Premise Laundry (OPL) is the development of innovative and cost-efficient machines, products and solutions that allow you to take greater control over the quality of your laundry.
To support this growing movement towards OPL, for the first time at Interclean Amsterdam, we’ll have an entire segment dedicated to product demos and displays from the leading businesses in the sector. It could well make the difference if you’re unsure of how to take the next step in reducing operational costs without sacrificing convenience.
Innovating for future success
As well as the new segments we’re bringing to Interclean Amsterdam 2018, we’re looking forward to seeing a host of new products and services from manufacturers in every sector. And we’ll be celebrating the best of those with our annual Innovation Award, which recognises the most original, practical, sustainable and profitable solutions available to the cleaning and hygiene industry.
Added to this will be the return of our Innovation LAB, where you’ll be able to see the products nominated for the Innovation Award on display – along with detailed info on each item. It will host a series of seminars, workshops and presentations throughout the duration of the show – and you can also discover the Robot Arena, where you can learn what’s currently possible in the world of autonomous cleaning machines. You’ll be amazed how far this technology has come since the last show in 2016.
Alongside the InnovationLAB will be the Management & Mobility Solutions Pavilion. This has doubled in size since its introduction at the 2014 edition of show, and now occupies a prime position on the show floor. Here, you can find the latest information on apps, online monitoring tools, e-learning platforms and workflow management software solutions from a range of international exhibitors.
Interclean Amsterdam is all set to be our biggest and best show yet – I don’t know about you, but I’m already excited to see what it brings.
 Facts & figures ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2016