FEB 13,14,15 2019 | BIEC, MUMBAI

CTW 2019 – A REPORT

Over 9000 visitors from all parts of India
• Trade visitors from over 22 countries
• Over 200 exhibitors
• Exhibition area of 11,500sqm
• More than 50 new products launched
• Over 400 product brands showcased
• 22 live product demonstrations
• Visitors from across sectors
• Buyer-seller conversations
• High-level Networking
• Many deals concluded
• Six highly specialized Conferences over 3 days
• Houseful audiences

INAUGURATION: GMR Group Facilities Head Sunil Ralph along with COO-IFM, JLL, Rajat Malhotra; Global Head-IFM, Tenon Facility Management- India, Angad Rajain; National Head-Housekeeping, PVR Ltd, Asha Patania; VIS-Chairman Jayaraman Nair; VIS-MD JP Nair; VIS-Editor-in-Chief Mangala Chandran and others

 

The registration counters opened to visitors at 10am every morning, but visitors queued up well in advance. Long lines at the counter were a daily sight, and our spot registrations never had a moment of respite.

Old contacts were renewed, many new acquaintances made and an untold number of conversations were converted into contracts. Visitors from facility management companies, as well as individual customers from the healthcare, hospitality, railway and other industries hopped from stall to stall, looking for and finding solutions to their very specific problems. Every hour, parts of the Expo area would come to a standstill for a few minutes, as visitors gathered to witness live demonstrations of path-breaking products that are set to revolutionize the market.

By the end of each day, some machines proudly sported a sticker announcing that they’d been purchased at the expo itself. And when the whistle blew at 6pm for the gates to shut, visitors had to be requested by security personnel to leave. Such was their enthusiasm to know more about the latest in the cleaning technology. But they came back the next day, and we hope to see them again next year.

LAUNDREX INDIA EXPO

The growing importance of this Expo is evidenced by a single fact; from last year to this year, its exhibition area has not just increased, but doubled. This part of the Expo was never quiet, with the hiss of detergent dispenser and hum of automatic washers and dryers almost drowning out the scores of queries fielded by the visitors flocking in from multiple sectors. The Railways, in particular, showed in force from all the 16 zones, searching for large-scale solutions to tackle the massive amount of laundry they need to process every day.

The Laundrex India Expo, in the fourth edition, surpassed the previous year, with exhibitors occupying double the size of space.

Many new exhibitors were equally eager to promote their all-new products and services, which were the perfect union of tech and hardware designed to launch India’s laundry segment well into the middle of the 21st century. Many visitors who mobbed this section were investors looking to become franchisees of established laundry chains, start- ups from West Bengal, Gurgaon, Pune, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa… Consequently, exhibitors went beyond products, and offered a wide range of support partnerships as well.

It was a common sight to have sales personnel deliberately apply a stain to a garment, then employ his company’s product to make it vanish in a matter of minutes. The products at some stalls were ground-breaking, where even after a live demo ended, the demonstrator wasn’t allowed to relinquish his mic by a crowd of visitors who wanted to know every last thing about the product.

Visitors comments

Abhijit Dey, Proprietor-Deys Ice Suppliers: The Show was excellent. Like the last few years, it was a very good initiative. The expo was well set. It will be very helpful to get the unorganized sector with DLAI. Overall, it was a very nice experience and I am glad to be a part of it.

Amit Nath, Managing Director- Spinwash: It was a new exploration of an industry which is taken as a sad service industry. Recycling tools and laundry water recycling is much required. This is a great initiative.

Anil Kumar, Proprietor-Mak & Mak: Being a new comer, it was a learning experience. I had no specific product requirement, but became interested in every aspect of the industry. Yes, I got most of the answers I was looking for and felt very confident after having gone through the sessions at LaundrexNet and displays at the Show and my interactions with industry seniors… The new Spirit among st people to join together towards betterment of the people and procedures for the Industry was encouraging.

Exhibitors comments

Abhijit Banerjee, Business Head- Industrial Sales, IFB Industries: Although this is the first time, we’ve had our footprint in Laundrex India and have had very good footfall. We’ve got a mixed bag of enquiries lined up, some already sealed over here itself.

Ayush Khanijo, CEO-Orgaearth Cleansol: We are based in North India, so this Bengaluru Expo is great for us to tap the South market, which we feel has huge potential. It’s a great platform to showcase our products, to network within the industry and to generate good business from the market.

Choleshwar Ratne, MD-A2Z Laundry Solutions: The response has been huge. The footfall was wonderful, and we had enthusiastic
visitors. Sometimes, we had to keep our stall open till 7pm on the request of visitors, some of whom came from as far away as Guwahati! Three days a year are not enough, we need more!

David Chadima, International Sales Manager, Dexter Laundry: We’ve been able to talk to almost everyone who stopped by our booth, answer all their questions, and share some production literature as well. We’ve had serious customers, and look forward to working with them in the future.

Dilip Param, CEO-Dhobiwala.com: It’s been an exciting three days! This industry is growing rapidly, which is experienced by the sheer number of people who have visited us. It’s been a privilege to exhibit here.

Srinivas Ramakrishna, CEO- Dhobilocker: We got a lot of support from the organising team even before we began setting up our stall. They were very co-operative, helped us with logistics, and ensured we were comfortable throughout the show. Had I missed this show, what I achieved here, I would not have been able to achieve even if I had worked the whole year round.

LAUNDREXNET CONFERENCE 2019

Centred around the theme of ‘Start-ups, Expansion and Sustainability of Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Business’, its packed sessions were replete with industry titans who are pushing the envelope of laundry technology today.

Start-ups learnt and also expressed the need to learn more from the sessions on laundry business models, while traditional laundries caught up with the latest trends, like linen rental. With customers across the board demanding lesser consumption of water and energy, delegates discussed how the newest technologies can help fructify these conditions. An entire session was assigned to dry-cleaning, which is fast replacing India’s age-old model of manual washing.

Among the many eminent delegates in attendance were Zehen Arora, Director – Sales, Stefab India, Mohan Kandhasamy, Director- HGlobal USA and Rachit Ahuja, Quick-Dry Cleaning Software.

WE WOULD BE GLAD TO ASSIST YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR AT
CLEAN INDIA TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2020
FEBRUARY 13-14-15, 2020 • MUMBAI – INDIA

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