SHANGHAI, China — Texcare Asia, 2017 edition, started today with a jump, bringing forth a showcase of products and equipment for laundry and drycleaning attendees worldwide who showed youth and energy while seeking opportunity.
The event, staged at the New International Expo Centre, fills 20,000 square meters of space in two halls and has attracted 171 exhibitors and an estimated 11,000 attendees, notes show organizers Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) and co-host China Light Industry Machinery Association (CLIMA).
The show aisles were crowded with attendees from many countries, and a youthful feeling was running through the halls. Some booths, such as Firbimatic, Sankosha, Bufa, Kannegiesser, Forenta, Colmac and Miele, just to name a few, were busy, sometimes crowded enough to block the aisleways, always a strong sign.
“There are so many opportunities we've noticed this year at Texcare Asia,” says Ian Ruxton, an attendee and owner of Wash Comm Co. in Queensland, Australia. He’s here for the 11th time, “looking for ideas, seeing lots of quality control in equipment and products and an amazing amount of new innovation at the show.”
Richard Li, general manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai), talked to a packed welcome reception crowd this morning about the joint effort between Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) and CLIMA to promote “high-quality global exhibitors and visitors who will benefit at Texcare Asia 2017 through meetings, educational, and onsite intervention during the fair.”
Opportunity, innovation and growth are words heard often to describe Texcare Asia this year. In chatting with Simon Nield, president of Panama City-Fla.-based Jensen USA, he seemed to concur, pointing out at an after-hours social gathering that potential growth in Asia is strong and he's hearing “talk of opportunity and innovation across the show floor, a great sign.”
American Drycleaner chatted with Tim Maxwell, president of Kansas City, Mo.-based GreenEarth, in one of the busiest aisles. He noted the show was strong and said he was enjoying himself very much.
The final speaker of the opening reception, Elgar Straub, managing director of Munich, Germany-based VDMA, an association involved in textile care, fabric and leather technologies, seemed to sum up this year's Texcare Asia 2017 goal with this conclusion: “We will continue to promote the development of China and Western Asia.” His speech was met with strong applause from the group of exhibitors, media and guests.
Texcare Asia runs through Friday.