Following a period of three and a half years since the previous show, the African marketplace for professional cleaning and hygiene, Cleantex Africa, returned during October. This year’s exhibition, which hosted a record number of 131 brands, offered a long overdue opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to reconnect again in person with like-minded individuals and suppliers from across the cleaning and hygiene value chain.
Considering that the final COVID-19 regulations were repealed only four months prior to the show, this was indeed an exceptional event that delivered 3,490 visitors, an increase of 14 percent compared to the 2019 event. Visitors and delegates included representation from eight African countries and exhibitors from Romania and the UK, bolstering numerous opportunities for networking, education and new product discovery business development and collaboration between exhibiting companies.
The co-located Summit Cleantex Africa offered delegates a day filled with professional development sessions that included presentations on leadership, teamwork strategy, sales presentation and the customer experience, as well as insights into organisational culture to motivate and inspire success.
“We are delighted to see the return of normality in society; the ability to congregate as an industry was long overdue. We have noticed a good mix of senior level visitors coming through the doors to discuss post-pandemic industry trends and explore business opportunities. The incredible buzz in the hall is testament to the fruitful and engaging conversations taking place between exhibitors and visitors”, said Exhibition Director Johann van Vuuren.
The next Cleantex Africa exhibition will take place from 16–18 October 2024 in Johannesburg.