CINET’s International PTC Meetup China: Inspiring businesses in a booming market!

On 24 September the meetup in Shanghai, China started with the well attended World Laundry Industry Summit Forum organized at the most impressive Chateau Star River Pudong Shanghai hotel. With some 300 delegates in attendance and a mix of various expert speakers the forum had all the ingredients of a successful event. In the morning program there were several key note speeches by leading experts from all over the world. In the afternoon even more visitors joined the conference and the program split for Retail laundry and Industrial laundry.

Grand opening of the World Laundry Industry Summit Forum with a flag ceremony
Key note speech by CINET president Peter N. M. Wennekes about international market trends new business cases
First five laundries receive the CERCLEAN certificate (according to ISO 9001:2015) during the general assembly of the China Laundry Association. After several months of developing their quality management systems in collaboration with CLA and CINET the companies FHE Laundry, Shicao laundry, TianTian, Jieda, and Ziwei Laundry officially receive their certificates. CINET congratulates the laundries on this outstanding achievement.

CINET is all about the Power of Partnerships. At the end of the marvelous Chinese dinner Mr. Pan – President of China Laundry Association – and Mr. Bhatia – President of Drycleaners & Launderers Association of India exchange their association pins as a gesture of partnership

TXCA & CLE

On the 25th of September the trade show started. This is the first edition of the show after the merger. This resulted in great traction with a large crowd at the show in Shanghai. A total of 25.000 visitors is expected over 3 days, interest to visit the 300+ exhibitors. In total there are three halls, covering nearly 30.000 m2 of exhibition space. One hall clearly accumulated the Wester manufacturers including a German Pavilion and a RFID pavilion. The second hall mainly consisted of Chinese suppliers. It was clearly noticed these suppliers meanwhile also offer the complete range of laundry equipment including tunnel washers and all sorts of automation. Furthermore several laundry brands where also exhibiting such as Blue Sky Textile Rental (industrial laundry chain), Fornet (retail franchise laundry chain) and Edaixi (Laundry on Demand platform). In the last hall there was a focus on specialized cleaning with all sorts of chemicals (e.g. for leather care).

Opening ceremony of Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo where all organizing partners had the honor to cut the ribbon and open the show
A most lively crowd at the first day of TXCA & CLE including several demonstration presentations of new technologies at the booth of the suppliers
Impression of the crowded hall ways at TXCA &CLE
Industry stakeholders of all sorts of countries and come together to catch up and meet new people.

Company visits: showcasing Chinese finest PTC cases

CINET’s remaining program is all about visiting some of the most impressive laundries in China. For 26 September this consisted of visiting the various Fornet laundries. Fornet started in 1997 with a first retail laundry shop in Beijing. Meanwhile they’ve grown to 1600 shops accross China in 320+ cities. Besides the retail operation Fornet also opened up 2 industrial laundries, one is cleaning workwear for Disney and the other is cleaning female garments for Ycloset (a fashion rental company). A third industrial laundry is also being prepared, this will be setup in Beijing cleaning workwear and linen for Disney as well. A most inspiring visit with a group of some 35 industry colleagues from all over Asia and Europe.

The group of some 35 industry colleagues from Singapore, China, India, Japan, Philippines, The Netherlands, France, Serbia and Indonesia gathers for a group picture in front of the Fornet Disney laundry
The stylish branded Fornet shops can be found in the Chinese malls and in regular communities. Within the malls the design fits in right next to other popular brands. Fornet Topclean is the new concept setup by Fornet to introduce a dedicated new brand focused on a very specific high-end customer profile
In the Topclean show the latest innovation of Sankosha was demonstrated by Mr. Ken Uchikoshi, President of Sankosha equipment. With this machine even the most delicate garments can be washed with a special pistol wet cleaning technology
The day was concluded with a special dinner hosted by Fornet on the skyline of Shanghai. A beautiful place and night to remember. Special thanks to Fornet for being such a great host.