JET Expo, which was taken over by Messe Frankfurt France last December, proved a major draw all those active in the textile care sector at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles between 19 and 21 May. The organisers said that the first session of the show under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella saw three days that promised great things for the future of these markets.
There were a total of 1,681 visitors on the lookout for solutions, products and advice for their business and new services. There were representatives from 32 countries, of which the top 5 were France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain.
JET Expo is now part of Messe Frankfurt’s group of international trade fairs that are dedicated to textile care, including in particular Texcare International, Clean Show, Gulf Laundrex, Texcare Asia and China Laundry Expo.
The programme and organisation of JET Expo 2019 were decided on in close collaboration with industry professionals in order to encourage interaction between visitors and exhibitors from the world of dry cleaning and laundries.
The future of this event will play out in the structure of the French and French-speaking market for the industry, in which JET Expo has assumed a role, according to Michael Scherpe, president of Messe Frankfurt France. “The stakeholders in these markets also attended the show, and encouraged us to pursue this strategy together with them. So there will be close collaboration with businesses and organisations involved in textile care.
“I intend to bring them on board as part of an advisory committee to help determine the future direction of the show together, also addressing the laundry sector.
“One of the first decisions to be taken by this committee will be to decide on the new dates for the 2021 show, as the month of May, chosen by the previous owner, has not met with unanimous approval,” says Scherpe.
A delegation from the African Laundry Consortium attended the show to publicise the importance of the role that laundry plays in improving the health care system in Africa. Development of the laundry industry also offers considerable opportunities to reduce unemployment in some countries on the African continent.
These representatives from the Ivory Coast explored JET Expo with the goal of finding machines and solutions that matched their requirements and the investments planned in this region of the world.
JET Expo, in partnership with the CINET and the Entretien Textile trade journal, offered French firms in the textile care sector the chance to enter the Awards for Best Practices. Winners will have the opportunity to take part in the international final in June 2020 during the Texcare International show in Frankfurt.
Winners of the awards for drycleaning:
- Tykaz Pressing won the Innovation Award for its new concept for Internet dry cleaning and novel business model
- Kunz Pressing won the Environmental & Global Best Practices Awards for their traditional service with hand finishing and their commitment to improving the customer experience and environmental responsibility.
Winners of the awards for laundries:
- Problanc won the Innovation Award for their factory of the future and their improvement processes.
- BIH77 won the Environment Award for their improved and sustainable programme for hospital laundry.
- Losa Clean won the Global Best Practices Award for their quality initiative and environmentally friendly approach with the integration of artificial intelligence.