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Clean 2017: an impressive show & a good information exchange within the CINET community!

Both the visitor numbers (12,563) and the number of exhibitors (481) of Clean 2017 have shown significant increases over the previous edition. The well-established trade show, offering attendees an opportunity to see and compare working equipment to determine what best meets their needs, provided many opportunities for inspirational business! Naturally CINET invited it’s community to come to Las Vegas, offering a program for relations and especially members as well!

Laundry on Demand Meetup June 5
CINET’s Laundry On-Demand Meetup attract 70 visitors from over 20 countries. The event was a nice eye-catcher for both familiar and new relations within the CINET community. With a presentation from Laundrapp (UK), Wash Club Trak (USA), 24Tidy (China) and CINET itself this Meetup was a great success where visitors got a good impression of future direction of the PTC industry. The different Laundry on Demand technologies gave the visitors a good insight in the available technologies and business models currently in the market. Judging by the enthusiasm after the presentations this concept will definitely be developed further and CINET will happily support wherever possible.

LOD Meetup 5 June


CINET work group sessions
On the 6th and 7th of June CINET organized two member meetings, one for retail textile cleaning and one for industrial textile services. Together with some 10-15 members the group discussed latest innovations, CINET project outcomes & plans and milestones of the last year. Apart from some lively discussions the members indicated their interest in projects and offerings CINET presented. Examples here are showcasing product and company info on the e-learning portal, using the new, web-based ecotool for textile services and joining a big data community lead by the university of Eindhoven.

Work Group Session Textile Cleaning


CLEAN 2017 Las Vegas; Focus on innovations!

Innovations in Textile Service

Industrial laundries have to work faster and more economically through the highly competitive market. This makes it essential to work with resources such as energy, chemicals, water and labor. This is even further developed in the principles of industry 4.0. Referring to the next step in industrial revolution, which started with mechanization, mass production, ICT & automation towards the cyber physical systems of industry 4.0.

On the Clean Show 2017 a lot of suppliers have focused on data systems for industrial laundries. Some data processing systems are focussing on the laundry process and other take all processes in the company into account and providing data in one convenience way to make company decisions and get an insight in processes. New RFID-chips were presented on the show which are smaller and stronger, to be used in seams for flatwork items.

Besides data handling systems, more automated machinery were shown on the Clean Show 2017. Manual labor still is an important factor, as personnel takes up from 30 to 60% of the total cost of the laundry. Several finishing suppliers showed automated folding machines. For example World’s first fully automated washcloth separator/stacker that automatically picks, folds and stacks the laundry on a predetermined height.

Not only efficient use of labour is important. Also energy, water and chemicals take a substantial part in laundry processes. Machine suppliers optimized their machines to have a higher efficiency, for example by using a parallel oil flow pattern in the ironer for a better heat distribution resulting in a higher efficiency.


Innovations in Textile Cleaning

Nowadays it is difficult to find skilled finishers or persons willing to learn how to use finishing equipment properly. Therefore suppliers are focusing on easy but efficient finishing equipment which is automated and offer a consistent quality. In this way the professional cleaner is assured of a certain quality of finishing. A innovative automatically pants finishing machine was shown that is able to completely finish a pair of trousers, ironing the top just like a topper and the leg just like a press in one machine.

Reducing labor cost by increasing the productivity is another solution. A triple buck shirt press was presented, which is able to process three shirts by one operator to increase productivity. This can increase the productivity of finishing up to 240 shirts per hour.

The most eye-catching trend was digital innovation. Several technology companies demonstrated their innovative Laundry-On-Demand systems. These suppliers have built platforms that allow people maximum convenience to have their laundry collected, washed and delivered whenever and wherever they want. Basically they have built an advanced application for taking in orders, managing the fleet & its drivers, and managing the support team for the service. This is the development CINET stimulates, a.o. with the LOD-Meetup as described above.


Show facts & figures

The show of this year attracted more visitors than the 2015 edition. In total, 12,563 visitors were registered, exceeding the total of 11.264 visitors at the Atlanta show with 10%. These numbers include 2,271 international attendees from 96 countries outside the US.

The 21,089 square meter of space (also a significant increase of the 18,338 square meter used at Clean 2015 in Atlanta) was fully sold out with 481 exhibitors. Limited innovation was exhibited with respect to machinery and systems. One of the developments was the introduction of Sensene on the US market.

The Clean Executive Committee (CEC) announced that the next two Clean Shows will be held in New Orleans (20-23 June 2019) and Atlanta (10-13 June 2021).

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E-commerce in The Netherlands expects 20% growth in 2017 to €25bn

In 2016 E-commerce in The Netherlands reached a milestone; online expenditures of Dutch consumers for the first time outreached €20bn.

The biggest drivers for this 23% online growth were the increased consumer confidence and willingness to buy, as well as the acceptance of online shopping. Especially shoes, life style products, IT and (near)food are increasingly bought online.

With an expected growth rate of 20% in 2017 E-commerce will even account for about €25bn, according to ‘The Netherlands B2C Ecommerce Report 2017’ published by the Ecommerce Foundation.

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Third MaxTex Forum in cooperation with WIRTEX and DTV

Success all along – The 3rd MaxTex Forum welcomed a good number of participants. A variety of present-day topics were discussed and the Forum was supported by the German Federal Ministry.

The large room in the Federal Ministry was just big enough to accommodate the large number of participants who had come to the 3rd MaxTex Forum in Berlin. The event, with the topic of “Sustainability as an opportunity for the textile service, its suppliers and customers”, was organized in cooperation with the textile association WIRTEX and the German textile cleaning association DTV.

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Events calendar 2017: mark the dates!

Again in 2017 numerous events are scheduled where the PTC industry professionals gather to demonstrate and discuss the latest industry developments. CINET participates in several of these events worldwide and is looking forward to meet you there!

CINET preliminary event calendar 2017

  • Expo Clean, Buenos Aires, Argentina: May 31 – June 2
  • CLEAN Show, Las Vegas, USA: June 5-8
  • LAVTECH, Sao Paolo, Brazil: August 22-24
  • China Laundry Expo, Beijing, China: September 26-28
  • Texcare Asia, Shanghai, China: September 27-29
  • ECOCARE, Moscow, Russia: October 3-4
  • CEE-TEX 2017, Warsaw, Poland: October 12-14
  • Jet-Expo, Paris, France: October 14-16
  • The LADAs, Brooklands (Surrey), United Kungdom: November 2
  • Gulf Laundrex, Dubai, UAE: November 7-9
  • Clean Life Vision, Tokyo, Japan: December 1
  • ExpoDetergo 2018, Milan, Italy: October 19-22, 2018

For a complete overview and more information please visit the CINET event website. If applicable the registration forms for the particular events will be available at the dedicated event pages as well.

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CINET Webinar program 2017

After the successful Webinar Laundry On-Demand last year, the response was extremely positive. CINET announced a complete webinar program for 2017 earlier this year. In several webinars CINET will elaborate on present-day topics and developments in the PTC industry following below schedule.

Webinar program 2017
Benchmark new wetcleaning processes – May 17
The Solvetex VI project compares and evaluates the performance of the available wet cleaning processes by setting a minimum of performance requirements (stain removal, greying, crimp and crease), to give an actual picture of the quality of the current wet cleaning technology.
Future Prespective Textile Services – June 14
This offers the most recent insights in Future Perspectives and the direction of the laundry and drycleaning industry. The vision on services and organisation within the professional textile care industry is formulated, focussing on the most important BtoB market segments Healthcare, Trade & Industry, and Hospitality & Recreation, as well as BtoC.
LTA Energy saving – September 7
In the Long-Term Agreements public-private partnerships are formed as a collective approach to improve energy-efficiency and environmental performance. Voluntary agreements with great benefits: up to 90% energy and water savings, significantly lower operating costs, and higher margins as a result of less wear on washed textiles.
Cost Calculation in Textile Cleaning – November 24
There is a need for an unambiguous tool to calculate the cost prices for retail textile cleaning. The NETEX cost analysis tool calculates the cost of each item as a function of the cleaning and finishing process. The model also determines the production per week (both in pieces and in kg) and calculates the total working time spent on the cleaning process.For more information and registration for one or more of the scheduled webinars please contact the CINET secretariat.

CINET Professional Textile Care
P.O. Box 10
4060GA Ophemert
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 344 650 430

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Bubble & Stitch winner NETEX Marketing Year Award 2017

Bubble & Stitch has won the “NETEX Marketing Year Award 2017”. This prestigious award was presented at the Laundry Experience Event in 2017, the leading event for the Dutch textile care industry.

Nominees were judged on modern service and customer orientation and quality, innovation and sustainability. Bubble & Stitch came out as the winner. Applauded by the industry-wide colleagues the trophy and certificate were accepted by Bubble & Stitch. The company particularly stands out with:

• Innovative operating concepts with, inter alia, 7.24 lockers and lockers in location
• Digital customer service via app
• Laundry service at home

The Innovation Year Award 2017 also went to Bubble & Stitch. The Sustainability Year Award 2017 was for Van Kan Dry Cleaner.

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Demonstrations Laundry Experience Event 2017; Knowledge for the future!

Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of March PTC industry experts of TKT, EFSM, FTN and NETEX offered 36 demonstrations at the Laundry Experience Event, which was attended by over 700 visitors. Speakers from educational institutions, research centres and suppliers attracted a wide audience from the supply chain. The visitors were informed about new trends, technological developments and state of the art techniques in 36 presentations in 15 different themes:

Customized Textile applications; Mass customization offers various opportunities to come to a cost effective customized textile service by making use of digitisation (eg digital printing or 3D measuring), electronics and IT.
Professional cleaning & hygiene assurance; The importance of infection prevention increases.
Best Practices: TOP in sustainability; Industrial, hygienic textile cleaning is 5 times more efficient compared to washing at home.
A fast changing market and demand; Physical channels are usually already fully deployed. However, the world of digital marketing requires more attention than is usual and possible. Offering convenience, flexibility, home delivery, good website and online payments is paramount.
Laundry-on-Demand; The business model in textile service which offers ‘convenience’ is that of ‘Laundry-on-Demand.

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Gulf Laundrex and EXPOdetergo partner up

Gulf Laundrex-Linen Care Expo, the Middle East laundry and drycleaning trade show, is partnering with EXPOdetergo International for its 2017 edition.

The third edition of Gulf Laundrex, now called Gulf Laundrex-Linen Care Expo Powered by EXPOdetergo International, will take place from 7–9 November 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. The partnership is seen as a successful platform to combine their strengths and contribute to the growth of the sector.

One of the highlights will be The Green Zone, a dedicated zone for eco-friendly/green products to boost the promotion of innovations and technology with respect to sustainability. Other prominent topics are linen rentals, automation and conveyor belts, drycleaning, finishing equipment and boilers