Held early this month at Gallagher Convention Centre (Midrand), the 9th edition of CleantexPulire was held against a backdrop of a positive economic environment and with strong exhibitor support from both manufacturer/suppliers and service providers.
Africa’s professional hygiene, cleaning and facility maintenance exhibition, CleantexPulire 2013 recorded 4340 visitors from eight South African provinces and 11 other African countries.
The total number of visitors represented a more than eight percent increase in interested individuals who travelled to the three day show in order to familiarise themselves with a comprehensive overview of the latest products, systems, services and cleaning agents available on the African continent.
‘The increase in trade visitor numbers, especially from the rest of Africa; more decision makers compared to the 2011 event; and highly satisfied exhibitors – representing a 30 percent increase in floor space – indeed paints an optimistic outlook for the industry’s future,’ said the organiser.
The buoyant mood among industry representatives at CleantexPulire 2013 was mirrored in their views of the economic situation. More than 85 percent indicated that the economic outlook ranges from satisfactory to very good.
“The presence of senior management and a repeated increase in trade visitor numbers indicated that CleantexPulire remains unbeatable in terms of the valuable face to face meeting opportunities it offers, and as such it strengthened its position as an industry must,” commented exhibition director Johann van Vuuren.
Trends at this year’s show included increasing numbers of eco-friendly innovations; energy saving systems that don’t compromise on performance; modular design concepts that create avenues for new applications; and more operator-friendly machines.
‘Service providers showcased their proficiency in offering specialist cleaning, laundry, hygiene and pest control solutions to multiple industry sectors including commercial, hospitality, retail and healthcare facilities,’ the organiser pointed out.
Manufacturers of sanitary tissue products are focusing increasingly on sustainable products made from recycled materials, at the same time dispensing with bleaching agents whilst subscribing to responsible forest management principles as prescribed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).