Gas Station & Car wash Trade Fair: ‘To charge or not to charge?’

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Head to the Dutch town of Houten next month, for the Gas Station & Car Wash trade fair. On 4,000 square meters of exhibition floor, companies from the Dutch and Belgian fuel, energy, convenience and car wash sectors will have the opportunity to present themselves between november 9 and 10.

Well-known names from the car wash industry will be present at the fair with their own stands, including WashTec, EenzetCarwash, Istobal, Christ Wash Systems, Cleanbuild, Van Holland, Mesa Coatings, TSG, Savona, Wasserschmidt, Pay Wash Go, BigBrother, Turtle Wax and many more.

In addition to exhibitors dealing with technology, software, personnel, carwash and hydrogen, topics to be reviewed include shop equipment, hospitality solutions and camera systems.


Apart from the fair you can also visit the accompanying conference. Its main theme sounds very electrical: “To charge or not to charge?” The central question will be: how to make electric charging at gas stations a good business case?

On the basis of presentations, panel discussions and interviews, industry peers will provide the answer to this question. Among others, Jan-Harmen Akkerman of TanQyou will update visitors on the transition from gas stations to mobility hubs. Caro De Brouwer of Fastned will explain what role she believes the company plays in the gas station landscape, and Rob Castien of Resato Hydrogen Technology will elaborate on the alternatives to electric charging. There will be many more speakers, sharing their ideas from an interesting angle.

“We notice that there is increasing attention for electric charging at gas stations”, says Belinda Meijers, editor-in-chief of TankPro and CarwashPro. “The developments are going fast and entrepreneurs within this industry can (and will) play a major role in this. They do face challenges, such as the limited capacity of the electricity grid and supply problems of the equipment. These topics will also be addressed during the congress.”

Prior to the congress, there will also be an extensive networking lunch. And afterwards, visitors will be able to enjoy a drink during an informal reception on the exhibition floor, accompanied by live music. “We are very much looking forward to November 9 and 10. It will be two great days brimming with the latest innovations within the industry,” Meijers said.

Trend watching

In addition to the congress, there are interesting knowledge sessions spread over both days of the fair. Various topics will be discussed, including the rules regarding tobacco sales at gas stations as of 2024, the digitalization of the bakery, the trends and opportunities around unmanned car washing and the use of technology to increase turnover from the tank shop.

The full program for the conference and knowledge session is on the website: Admission to the show is free for gas stations, oil companies, car wash entrepreneurs and fuel retailers.

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Author: Rene Passet

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