The long-awaited ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo returned to Melbourne, giving the industry the opportunity to come together for two days of education, networking, and business building.
Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the free-to-attend event is the only show in the southern hemisphere dedicated to the cleaning and hygiene industry.
Featuring more than 100 local and international exhibitors, the expo welcomed business owners, suppliers, facility managers, purchasing officers, and building service contractors.
“It was great to return to Melbourne after more than four years, said Lauren Micallef, Oceania Manager, ISSA.
“We saw record stand numbers, record hall size, and quality attendees coming through the door.”
This year the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo saw a 33 per cent increase in show floor space and hit a record number of more than 100 exhibitors.
Stuart Nicol, ISSA Oceania Advisory Council Chair, said it was amazing to see the development and growth of the show.
“It really highlights the strength and significance of the industry as well as the recognition and value it garners from the broader market,” he said.
For a consecutive year, the expo has seen the largest number of overseas attendees to date, with attendees from more than 22 countries including China, India, Singapore, Middle East, United States, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands.
“The ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo is really becoming a key show on the global map,” said Nicol.
The show was a buzz with live demonstrations, roaming robots, and products readily available to touch and feel. Leading manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers showcased innovative products and technologies demonstrating new solutions and the future of the industry.
“There have been a lot of changes and developments within the industry, and it was really easy to see when walking through the expo,” said Adam Baker, General Manager – Marketing, Makita Australia.
There was something for everyone at the event from education seminars, training workshops, and networking opportunities. This year there was more than 40 industry thought leaders taking part in speaker sessions and panel discussions.
More broadly the education program ensured visitors from all areas of the cleaning and hygiene Industry received practical advice from industry experts. Alongside the speaker theatre ran four workshops.
“It was great to see the audience drive and investment in the workshop sessions,” said Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Senior Director – GBAC, ISSA.
“Everyone deserves to live their best, healthiest life and ISSA prioritises the health and safety of the built environment. The cleaning industry plays a critical role in applying the science of cleaning and the benefits for health, safety, and the productivity of people. This was a common thread across workshops and speaker theatre sessions throughout the two-day event.”
Here are some of the highlights:
Read more about the 2023 ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo in the November issue of INCLEAN magazine.
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