The 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam was the largest and most international exhibition so far, attracting a record number of visitors from more countries than ever before.
Visitors were able to enjoy countless activities on exhibitor stands, including a folklore performance, a basketball court, and virtual reality demonstrations. More visitors than ever spent three days on the show floor, with the robot arena, InnovationLAB and Healthcare Cleaning Forum complementing Interclean’s lively atmosphere.
Rob den Hertog, Director Interclean Global Events at RAI Amsterdam, said: “Our statistics do tell you something, but it’s the testimonies that really spoke to me. 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 floorplan for Interclean Amsterdam 2018 comprised of stands from 892 companies, located across 47 countries. 33,710 professionals from 143 countries visited across the four days. 77% of the visitors came from outside the Netherlands, with many newcomers including Jamaica, the Seychelles, Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Mongolia and Bolivia.
Taking place alongside the show was the first Healthcare Cleaning Forum, bringing together 300 healthcare professionals from 46 countries to explore and discuss the biggest challenges and solutions in healthcare cleaning today, through seminars and expert demonstrations.
Also announced at the show were the results of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards, with the Kira B50 from Kärcher taking the Overall Winner gong, along with winning the ‘Machines, accessories, components’ category.
SYR’s Powr-Mop Lite won the ‘Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety’ category, SystemONE from Vermop took home the gong for the new ‘e-Cleaning’ category, while Essity won both the ‘Management, training solutions and related products’ category and the coveted Visitor’s Choice Award for the Tork PaperCircle.
The Innovation Award also handed over 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.