The sixth edition of ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), which took place on 24-26 April 2013 at the Warsaw International Exposition Centre, once again confirmed its reputation as the premier cleaning industry platform for Poland and all CEE. The business potential in the region is steadily growing despite current economic challenges. The event, hosted by Amsterdam RAI in conjunction with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, proved to be sustainable by a moderate increase in exhibitor and visitor numbers.
“ISSA/Interclean has once again proven to be a truly international brand, attracting business people from around the world,” said ISSA European services director-EMEA, Keith Baker. “These three days have been a great opportunity for doing business. Exhibitors from as far as South Africa and the United Kingdom all agreed that this was a really worthwhile show.”
ISSA/Interclean CEE 2013 welcomed almost 200 exhibitors and more than 3700 visitors. The international visitor attendance was up 2.5% from the last show. The geographical spread of exhibitors from 26 countries and visitors from 55 countries underlines the diverse draw of this event.
“Vibrant networking, seminars, demonstrations, and many social events added extra buzz to this successful event,” said Rob den Hertog, ISSA/Interclean manager at Amsterdam RAI. “The stable numbers and the many positive reactions of the exhibitors make us confident of our upcoming event in Warsaw in 2015.”
The winners of the 2013 Golden Broom Awards are Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co. KG, with its KM 105/100 R P compact ride-on sweeper in the product category, and Sanoserv's touchless disinfecting services in the technology category. The Golden Broom Award programme is an initiative of PIGC, the Polish Cleaning Chamber of Commerce. The competition is designed to stimulate the development of new cleaning technologies and products by rewarding innovation.
The first Clean Europe skills competition was enthusiastically received by show attendees. A panel of specialists judged teams from across the continent as they showcased their basic cleaning and damp-mopping methods on the show floor. The Polish Mr. Clean team claimed victory. The Hungarian team took second, and the Romanian team finished third. The Clean Europe competition will travel to two more European cities before the final rounds later this year in Budapest, Hungary.