The 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has been the largest, most international exhibition yet, made up of busy days. The show attracted a record number of visitors, from more countries than ever before. With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.
During Interclean Amsterdam 2018, visitors were able to enjoy countless activities on exhibitor stands. This included a folklore performance, a basketball court, and virtual reality demonstrations – all of which enhanced the exhibition experience. More visitors than ever spent three days on the show floor, resulting in a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Paul Wonnacott, Managing Director & President of Vectair Systems and Exhibition Committee member, said: "The 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has gone extremely well. The new elements we've brought in have been well received, and there's little to improve on. The quality of the visitors has been exceptional, we're immensely pleased with the exhibition overall and we're looking forward to 2020."
“Our statistics do tell you something, but it’s the testimonies that really spoke to me,” said Rob den Hertog, Director Interclean Global Events at RAI Amsterdam. “A great number of people took the time to tell me how much they enjoyed the atmosphere, which I find just as important as, if not more than, the numbers. Interclean was the place to be for our industry this year, and I’m very pleased with the results!”
The most international show yet
At this year’s Interclean Amsterdam, the floor plan was comprised of stands from 892 companies, located across 47 countries. We had a grand total of 33,710 professionals from 143 countries visit over the four days. As many as 77% of the visitors came from outside the Netherlands with some interesting newcomers; Jamaica, Seychelles, Swaziland, Mongolia and Bolivia.
Amsterdam Innovation Award
Innovations have always been the number one reason for visitors to visit the show – and the Amsterdam Innovation Award, and the InnovationLAB, put the latest professional cleaning innovations in the spotlight.
The KIRA B50 from Kärcher was announced as winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2018 on the first day of the show. Other category winners include: Powr-Mop Lite from Scot Young Research, Vermop System One from Vermop, and the Tork PaperCircle from Essity Hygiene & Health. The Visitor’s Choice Award was won by Tork Paper Circle from Essity Hygiene & Health.
The Amsterdam Innovation Award handed a donation of €12,000 to the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) Flying Doctors, and its project in Kilindi, Tanzania, providing accessible water and sanitary facilities for the community.
First edition of Healthcare Cleaning Forum
Also taking place alongside Interclean Amsterdam 2018 was the first ever International Healthcare Cleaning Forum. This happened on Wednesday 16 May, and brought 300 healthcare professionals from 46 countries together to explore and discuss the biggest challenges and solutions in healthcare cleaning today. The Forum complemented the rest of the exhibition – showcasing the latest innovations in healthcare cleaning, through expert demonstrations and seminars.