MILAN, Italy — Officials from EXPOdetergo International, which took place here Oct. 21-24, say that the international exhibition dedicated to machinery, services, and products for laundry, ironing, and textile cleaning, closed with 17,144 attendees, and 40% of those came from 106 countries.
“We met operators from all over the world, and this confirms and reinforces the international role of the event, but above all, the exhibiting companies were able to experience the quality of an evolved and demanding professional visitor, who appreciated the research and development work behind the machines and products on offer at the show,” says Marco Sancassani, president of EXPOdetergo International.
The show featured 250 exhibitors, 33% from 22 countries.
“These were days of business and great substance, in which several companies signed contracts,” adds Paolo Pizzocaro, Fiera Milano, director of the exhibition.
“The change and innovation that the companies have presented can now find its way into laundries, laying the foundations for the future of this market, with a focus on sustainability, digitalization and ergonomics, characteristics that are shared by all the present offerings.”
The watchword of the event was doing more with less, organizers say. The necessity of this is linked to the choice of greater sustainability but is made even more urgent by the high energy bills, which is a pressing matter for a sector that has high energy consumption.
It is estimated that for industrial laundries, gas consumption being equal, the increase in energy costs has reached 600%, according to show organizers. Technological advancement and research and development are the answers behind the solutions presented at the event.
EXPOdetergo International officials say the 2022 event highlighted the evolution of the sector, saying that nearly everything available on the market today worldwide was presented at the exhibition.
This included super-fast and energy-saving washing machines, ergonomic and low-consumption ironing systems, fully digitalised machines that manage the washing/ironing chain even remotely, highly effective and environmentally friendly professional detergents, up to textile proposals (bedding and table linen), with fine fabrics and linens for rental.
On the machinery side, manufacturers are turning into real consultants for energy-saving plans. The industrial laundry becomes 4.0 and finds room for savings and optimization through automated line management. This reduces time and, with it, costs.
On the ironing front, cold technology allows, thanks to worktops coated with a special anti-condensation treatment, to reduce energy costs and work in a healthier environment.
Detergents also make an essential contribution. Ozone technology used in combination with innovative chemicals improves washing efficiency: time is reduced, working at low temperatures (washing at 15 C is sufficient) and electricity consumption is reduced, with savings of up to 80%.
The next EXPOdetergo International will take place in 2026.
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