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Interclean Amsterdam 2020: Focusing on innovation

27 August 2020

In response to tthe Coronavirus pandemic, and in a bid to ensure the safety of attendees, Interclean Amsterdam has been rescheduled to take place from 3 to 6 November 2020.

According to Rob den Hertog, director of Interclean, obtaining these dates was not only based on the availability of exhibition space, but also on hotel accommodation. He explained: “With the new dates we have ensured you will still be able to see all of the original major exhibitors.

"We strongly believe that bringing these major exhibitors and others together will allow us to profit from their presence as well as that of the visitors they bring with them. This belief is based on the many heart-warming positive reactions we have received since announcing the postponement.” 

Interclean Amsterdam is the ultimate platform for industry leaders and cleaning professionals to network and discover the latest innovations, services, and technologies. The show is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the market and the latest trends and developments, featuring a wide array of events.

One such event is The Amsterdam Innovation Award, which offers an opportunity to receive attention from international media. All exhibitors can participate in this competition, and the AIA Jury is on the lookout for clever solutions that challenge the status quo to deliver obvious improvements for cleaning.

Elsewhere, The Facility Inspiration Event provides an opportunity for facility and hospitality managers to participate. This event is organised by Interclean and consultancy company Atir. In a bid to explore new ways of more efficient and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions, the daylong seminar programme will be led by various keynote speakers. In three days, multiple segments will be covered, including: leisure, retail & petrol and real estate & corporate.

Improving sustainability in the cleaning and hygiene industry

With less than 12 years to avert a climate catastrophe, providers in the professional cleaning and hygiene industry have a responsibility to build sustainability into everything they do. Every product, solution and system they develop needs work in a way that minimises the consumption of resources and generates a positive impact on our fragile planet.

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 will bring sustainability to the forefront of this year’s show, demonstrating how the Circular Economy will touch on every area of the professional cleaning and hygiene industry.

The amount of companies that are actively trying to become more eco-friendly is still rising, which is not surprising considering the positive impact it has on the environment and the companies themselves. A good way to recognise a company that is eco-friendly is its eco-label. An eco-label identifies products or services proven to be environmentally preferable overall.

Ecolabelling has emerged as an essential way for companies to differentiate between the products with the backing of industry experts and those that don’t. The show will feature a range of companies and sustainability initiatives that demonstrate how exhibitors and visitors alike can take their place at the forefront of eco-friendly operations in the professional cleaning and hygiene industry. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Interclean focuses mainly on the topics where the cleaning and hygiene industry can make a difference.

Good health & wellbeing

Interclean supports Amref and shares news to inform many countries on new sanitation project and tools to improve the health and well-being of humans. The special Healthcare Cleaning Forum contributes to informing different parties about the importance of cleaning and hygiene and how it helps to prevent diseases and infections.

Clean water & sanitation

Interclean has approximately 200 exhibitors who provide sanitation solutions. Sanitation refers to public health conditions related to clean drinking water and adequate treatment and disposal of human excreta and sewage. Preventing human contact with faeces is part of sanitation, as is handwashing with soap.

Innovation & Infrastructure

The Amsterdam Innovation Award highlights the most innovative solutions around. The knowledge program fuels innovation and the presentations give a great overview of the industry which supports its professionalism and innovation capabilities.

Sustainable communities
The role of professional cleaning and hygiene on display at Interclean is a big part of sustainable cities and communities. One of the criteria that is important to be awarded for the Amsterdam Innovation Award is sustainability. This criterion is not only applicable to the product or service, but it also reflects the production process if it is produced using environmentally friendly materials.

Consumption & production
RAI catering tries to prevent food waste by re-using the remaining products, doing research to monitor what remains with the lunch items to adjust the production and using food boxes so people can take their left-overs. If there is food left from an exhibition, it goes to the employee restaurant or RAI donates it to a food aid programme.

Partnerships to achieve the goal
Interclean facilitates meetings between individuals, companies and organisations. As a result, many new business relations lead to better businesses, products, services and solutions. Interclean is open, approachable and entrepreneurial and always looking for new partnerships.

Boosting digitalisation and attracting new talent 

Interclean will welcome 10 teams of five members from all over the world to come to demonstrate their problem-solving skills during Interclean Amsterdam 2020. The challenge that the teams will take revolves around the development of an application concept for cleaning personnel, based on a real daily issue. The Hackathon will take place on 12 May 2020. 

While digitalisation is set to transform the industry, its rapid growth has highlighted a key issue: the digital skills gap that exists in professional cleaning. It’s a challenge for other industries as well, with the European Commission estimating that more than 750,000 ICT-related jobs will go unfilled by 2020.

If professional cleaning and hygiene companies don’t solve this issue, it’s hard to see where future generations of digital solutions will come from. So, companies need to attract new talent – whether in-house or via digital start-ups that deliver the software and apps that continue to drive improvement.

The Interclean Hackathon begins at 9am and the teams pitch their ideas to the jury at 7pm. An hour later, the jury will select the winner and at 8.30pm the Awards Ceremony commences. 

During the Hackathon, visitors can walk around the workstations, talk to the teams and follow their progress. As well as getting the perspective of software and app developers, facility management students and game designers, visitors will have the chance to share their thoughts on the concepts.

Hospital environment hygiene 

Effective cleaning practices and proper disinfecting products are directly responsible for reduced rates of healthcare-acquired infections. The Healthcare Cleaning Forum aims to raise the profile of the importance of hygiene in the healthcare sector, for the benefit of both patients and hospitals.

During the Healthcare Cleaning Forum 2020, Didier Pittet, Alexandra Peters and Pierre Parneix will share their views on infection prevention in relation to clean environments. Better consideration for hospital environmental hygiene will lower rates of healthcare-associated infections, reduce antimicrobial resistance, and protect hospital staff.

The programme will address implementation issues and questions such as how to calculate cleaning measure quality. Throughout the afternoon more practical sessions will relate to cleaning in hospitals.

InnovationLAB and the Robot Arena

The InnovationLAB is an activity platform located in Hall 8 and will showcase all nominated products of the Amsterdam Innovation Award. Visitors will be able to browse the individual nominees details via iPads, and throughout the show the stage will host seminars, workshops, debates and presentations.

The sessions are free to attend and there is no need to sign up in advance. The Robot Arena is a live product demonstration of robotic products in challenging test scenarios.

Outdoor demo show

Bringing outdoor cleaning, window cleaning and high pressure cleaning to life. Demonstrations of street cleaning, ground maintenance and outside cleaning machines, as well as equipment for high pressure cleaning, windowp cleaning or powered access and aerial work machines and equipment. See, touch and test the machines and equipment yourself at the outside area in front of the building.

Interclean conference programme

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 is much more than just an exhibition. Industry experts will take the stage to share their knowledge and best practices on a broad variety of cleaning & hygiene topics. With an InnovationLab, Robot Arena, Zero Waste Dome and many more, the show will offer the latest innovative solutions, trends and developments.

Tuesday 3 November 2020
9:00 - 19:00: Interclean Hackathon
10:00 - 11:00: Amsterdam Innovation Award
11:15 - 12:00 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
13:30 - 13:45 / InnovationLAB: Opening Facility inspiration event
13:45 - 14:30 / InnovationLAB: Case: Supply chain masters
14:15 - 15:00 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
14:30 - 15:30 / Interclean Stage: Essity
14:30 - 15:30 / InnovationLAB: The future of logistics and supply-chain management
15:30 - 16:30 / InnovationLAB: Circularity and Sustainability
15:30 - 16:30 / Interclean Stage: FDS
16:00 - 16:30 / InnovationLAB: Tricking the experience
16:30 - 17:00 / InnovationLAB: Networking drinks

Wednesday 4 November 2020
10:30 - 11:30 / Interclean Stage: Autonomous Cleaning and the Power of Data: Preparing Your Business for the Robot Revolution
10:30 - 10:55 / InnovationLAB: Opening Interclean Professional Laundry Conference
10:30 - 11:15 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
10:55 - 11:15 / InnovationLAB: Laundry vs. professional textile care
11:15 - 12:15 / InnovationLAB: Master Class best practices in professional textile care
11:30 - 12:30 / Interclean Stage: Future challenge of the cleaning industry
12:15 - 13:00 / InnovationLAB: Three business case presentations from various countries & market segments
12:30 - 13:30 / Interclean Stage: Hackathon winners
12:45 - 13:30 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
13:30 - 14:30 / Interclean Stage: Essity
13:30 - 13:45 / InnovationLAB: Opening Facility Inspiration Event day 2
13:45 - 14:30 / InnovationLAB: Case: Storytelling
14:15 - 15:00 / HCL Theater: How to convince a hospital manager to be interested in cleaning
14:15 - 15:00 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
14:30 - 15:30 / Interclean Stage: Ecolab
15:00 - 15:45 / HCL Demo Area: WHO: Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy
15:30 - 16:30 / InnovationLAB: Circularity and Sustainability
15:30 - 16:30 / Interclean Stage: Lucart Professional: a path towards Circular Responsibility
15:45 - 16:30 / HCL Theater: Challenges posed by environmental biofilms
16:00 - 16:30 / InnovationLAB: Tricking the experience
16:30 - 17:15 / HCL Demo Area: Competition: What if you were hired to clean a hospital room?
16:30 - 17:00 / InnovationLAB: Networking drinks
18:00 - 20:00: Interclean Canal Cruise

Thursday 5 November 2020
10:00 - 10:40 / InnovationLAB: Panel: What will the future bring us?
10:30 - 11:30 / Interclean Stage: Essity
10:30 - 11:15 / HCL Theater: Laundry outbrakes
10:30 - 11:15 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
10:50 - 11:30 / InnovationLAB: Future of leadership workshop: How to be a leader in the cleaning industry in 2020?
11:15 - 12:00 / HCL Demo Area: Competition: What if you were hired to clean a hospital room?
11:30 - 12:30 / Interclean Stage: Change Management needed in the Cleaning Industry
11:40 - 12:20 / InnovationLAB: Panel: Digitalisation in the cleaning industry
12:00 - 12:45 / HCL Theater: How to prevent work related injuries
12:45 - 13:30 / HCL Demo Area: WHO; Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy
13:30 - 13:45 / InnovationLAB: Opening Facility Inspiration Event day 3
13:45 - 14:30 / InnovationLAB: Case: the ideal residence
14:15 - 15:00 / HCL Demo Area: SVS - Demonstration
14:30 - 15:30 / InnovationLAB: Smart buildings
15:30 - 16:30 / Interclean Stage: Aise
15:30 - 16:30 / InnovationLAB: Tricking the experience
16:30 - 17:00 / InnovationLAB: Networking drinks

Friday 6 November 2020
10:00 - 14:00
Dutch only presentations, demonstrations and Q&A sessions.

For more information visit www.intercleanshow.com