So how was the first day?
From robotic arms to touchless washing systems, colorful brushes, sustainable chemistry and handy dispensers; the first day of Car Wash Show Europe is over. This successful first day of the show saw plenty of focus on the latest technology and innovations in car washing.
Visitors from 75 different countries came to the show at EXPO Greater Amsterdam on Thursday, September 21. There was a lot to do and see on the show floor. Exhibitors from all over the world brought their innovations to the show, to promote their newest or most successful machines and products.
In the Innovation Alley, companies presented their innovations, which help improve all kinds of business processes. On the mainstage there were relevant knowledge sessions throughout the day, with current topics for car washes.
CarwashPro looks back on the first day of the exhibition with a number of photos and exhibition activities.
Trends in the industry
In one of the sessions, Eric Wulf (International Carwash Association UK), Brian Madderson (Car Wash Association US), Erik Stern (BOVAG) and Thomas Drott (BTG Germany) shared their knowledge about the trends, challenges and opportunities for the carwash industry at home.
They pointed out the differences and all that has changed since the 2019 car wash show. We’ve also heard about some interesting trends. In The Netherlands, 52 percent of car branche organization BOVAG members use license plate recognition in the carwash. Furthermore, indoor vacuuming is clearly on the rise. And almost every carwash company nowadays has a loyalty program and over 93 percent (in the Netherlands) offer wash passes.
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A number of new brushes were on display at Favagrossa’s booth from Italy. Favagrossa says the right mix in the car wash can make all the difference. “The brushes are not the only component. A mix of high-pressure cleaning, water, chemistry, brushes, and the right machine and technology provide the best wash results.”
Storage Partners attracted a lot of interest during the Car Wash Show Europe with its new distribution system for wiper fluid. For environmental reason, more and more outlets are moving away from selling the plastic cans of wiper fluid; replacing them with a new, more environmentally friendly tap system at the forecourt.
From now on, no more plastic cans of wiper fluid hanging around. Instead, tap the right amount yourself.
Pizza vending machine
Selling something to eat at a car wash location may not be something that immediately comes to mind. Huub Mutsaers of ME Group Netherlands believes that following in the footsteps of gas stations, car washes also have opportunities for selling hot pizzas from vending machines. At the Carwash Show Europe, he therefore presented the Resto’Clock pizza kiosk, as the vending machine is officially called. The vending machine delivers four flavors of pizza prepared fresh and hot in four minutes only.
Entrepreneur Cees Klaassen, known for his carwash iClean in Naarden, says he had a very successful first day at the fair. He attracted a great deal of attention with the ScreenTowel, which Klaassen brought onto the market. People came in plentiful to check up on it in the Innovation Alley. The ScreenTowel is a microfiber-based cloth that can be used not only for clear vision in a car, but on all “dulled” surfaces. “For your cell phone, the screen of your laptop; just run the ScreenTowel over it and you will be blown away by the result,” Klaassen said. “A product that works well, both as a give away present or gimmick. ” The product comes in its own packaging, color and branding for each provider.