The Bar is Set High, the European Award Winners are out!

The European Award Best Practices Textile Cleaning 2014 has been met with great interest. The award ceremony was held at EXPOdetergo International on October 3 in a packed conference room.

The award functions as a platform to highlight the best practices in professional textile cleaning and demonstrates the industry’s focus on a high standard of quality, new business models, innovation and sustainability. All professional textile care organizations in Europe were invited to submit nominees (individual companies). Businesses were evaluated by an independent jury—representatives of trade magazines and experts—on (1) quality, (2) sustainability, (3) business model & service concept, (4) innovation and (5) key-notes. 25 ‘Nomination Award of Excellence’ certificates were presented, and 3 prizes were awarded out of the top 7 nominees.

Topcleaning Harderwijk (the Netherlands) came out best and took home the much acclaimed Best Overall Performance award and can call themselves the winners of the European Award Best Practices Textile Cleaning 2014. The awards were presented by Mr. Miotto, President of EXPOdetergo International. Special awards were presented in the categories Innovation and Best Practices in Sustainable Processing. Goldstück Textilpflege (Germany) won, in distinctive style, the special award in the category innovation and Lavariva (Italy) was the proud winner of the special award Best Practices in Sustainable Processing.

Seven nominations
The remaining top 7 nominees—Pierotti (Italy), DIANA (Russia), Van Kan Stomerij (the Netherlands), and Top Clean (Hungary)—were awarded a ‘Top 7 Award of Excellence’. The top nominees have been determined by 10 jury members—representatives of trade magazines and experts—through written evaluations and oral discussions. The 25 participants are based in 10 countries, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the UK.

During the ceremony CINET praised all nominees on their outstanding contributions. The nominations, already an indication of exemplary work, were awarded with a ‘Nomination Award of Excellence’ certificate. CINET President Mr. P. Wennekes commended all nominees for their exemplary entrepreneurship in modern textile cleaning.

The award brochure became out of stock just moments after the champagne was uncorked. The CINET stand drew the attention of many companies interested in future participation; providing a bright outlook for the next European Award Best Practices Textile Cleaning—the newly established measure of quality in the industry.

The award brochure and jury report are available here

Photo caption: Mr. & Ms. Elzerman from Top Cleaning; winner of the Best Overall Performance award
Photo caption: Mr. & Ms. Elzerman from Top Cleaning; winner of the Best Overall Performance award

Photo caption: Mr. F. Riva from Lavariva receives the award for Best Practices in Sustainable Processing
Photo caption: Mr. F. Riva from Lavariva receives the award for Best Practices in Sustainable Processing

Photo caption: Mr. D. Moniri Awal from Goldstück Textilpflege receives the award for Innovation
Photo caption: Mr. D. Moniri Awal from Goldstück Textilpflege receives the award for Innovation

Photo caption: A crowded conference room during the inaugural European Award Best Practices Textile Cleaning
Photo caption: A crowded conference room during the inaugural European Award Best Practices Textile Cleaning