Texcare Forum Singapore, an affiliated event of Texcare Asia, welcomed over 200 delegates from 11 countries and regions. Organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) and China Light Industry Machinery Association, the forum took place from 9 – 10 November in Singapore, consisting of a full-day conference addressing the Southeast Asian market conditions and demands, as well as a factory visit to three local laundry plants.

Richard Li, general manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) said: “The Texcare Forum is an integral part of Texcare Asia, which is renowned for offering a wealth of opportunities through business networking and knowledge exchange. In the past, similar events were successfully held in Hong Kong and Macau to connect industry players and foster understanding of the two cities’ laundry markets. This year’s forum was strategically held in Singapore, a promising market landscape that benefits from rapid regional economic growth.

Supported by the Singaporean government, the forum received the presence of Mr Lim Swee Say, the minister for Manpower, as the guest of honour. He shared the current industry conditions and challenges posed by the progressive shortage in manpower and an aging workforce. The event organisation was also fostered by two Singaporean organisations, the Employment and Employability Institute and the TCA Textile Care Training Centre, as well as backed by the VDMA Garment and Leather Technology from Germany.

The full-day forum featured 10 speakers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, who presented on the topics of their local market situations, challenges and market trends. There were more than 150 attendees from Singapore as well as industry professionals from Belgium, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA.
On 10 November, delegates were invited to visit three large-scale laundry plants in Singapore.