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CMS going to plan innovation and 'People & Business' congress looking to be real highlights
With some 150 days to go before the start of CMS 2015 Berlin - Cleaning.Management.Services, Messe Berlin reports that preparations are making very good progress. "Almost all the available hall space has already been reserved," says Dr. Christian Goeke, chief executive officer of Messe Berlin GmbH.
"All the main market leaders and many small and medium-sized companies from all areas of the cleaning industry have registered to attend and have announced an extensive range of innovations and improvements in the fields of cleaning machines and cleaning products.
"This ensures that CMS will again be a leading event of the year in Europe for the cleaning sector."
The venue, Berlin, is at the heart of the main market for commercial cleaning systems and cleaning chemicals in Europe. Consequently CMS is a major attraction for companies and service providers in all areas of this business sector.
From 22nd to 25th September, this international cleaning trade fair provides a comprehensive review of products, systems and processes for the entire field of commercial cleaning. Approximately 25,000 sq.m of hall and outdoor display space at Berlin ExpoCenter City are available for presenting products, equipment and processes.
The organisers expect participation to match the record levels of the previous event. More than 360 exhibitors from 20 countries and over 16,000 trade visitors from 65 countries will be using this fair for the purposes of information, creating business contacts and strengthening existing business links.
Trade visitors can obtain information about specific target groups at CMS. The 'Groundcare' show features machinery, equipment and accessories for maintaining green spaces, roads and paths, and for winter services, all concentrated in Hall 2.2. Exhibitors will be using the display area devoted to 'Glass and Facade Cleaning' and 'Aerial Work Platforms' in front of the South Entrance to demonstrate a wide range of machinery and equipment under realistic working conditions. 'Design' is always a topical subject and in Hall 1.2 the finalists of the CMS Purus Awards can be seen for the entire duration of the fair on their own presentation area.
In collaboration with a number of professional associations, programmes will be presented during CMS aimed at specific target groups, such as the hotel trade, domestic services and the representatives of municipal facilities.
Joint presentation by the supporting associations
The supporting associations of CMS 2015 are the Federal Cleaning Trades Association (BIV), Bonn, the Trade Association for Cleaning Systems in the German Mechanical Engineering and Plant Construction Association (VDMA), Frankfurt/Main, and the Hygiene Industry Association (IHO), Frankfurt/Main. The three supporting associations will be staging a joint presentation at the fair in Hall 3.2. Leading representatives of the supporting associations stated their views about the current situation in the industry and the significance of this year's CMS during today's press conference in Berlin:
Markus Asch, chairman of the Trade Association for Cleaning Systems in the VDMA:
"The machine manufacturers regard CMS optimistically and are looking forward to high attendance levels and many interesting discussions, new contacts and a greater international dimension to this event. On the German market the approximately 50 suppliers of cleaning systems for commercial and industrial applications, employing some 5,200 people, achieved a turnover of just under 930 mi. euros last year. Exports currently account for around 72% of sales by German manufacturers, who have an 18% share of the world market, while in Europe they account for 49% of the market. On the domestic market the first quarter of 2015 was stable, compared with the turbulence on foreign markets. Positive tendencies were apparent, for example in the USA and the UK, and the situation also stabilised in Spain, but such important markets as Russia and Brazil in particular, continue to be of concern to companies, with no apparent signs of an improvement.
"Three aspects are of particular importance to the industry. Firstly there is the subject of sustainability against the background of statutory regulations and directives, as well as customers' requirements, which significantly exceed those specified by law. Another is the 'Internet of things": the increasing digitisation of the world of work, 'Industry 4.0' and the subject of 'Big Data' will become even more important for the cleaning machinery industry too, for promoting innovation and growth. The third subject concerns the public perception of cleaning. In this context the industry associations and the cleaning industry have joined forces and, with their 'European Cleaning Days' campaign, they intend to create a greater public awareness of 'Professional Cleaning'."
Thomas Dietrich, deputy chairman of the Federal Cleaning Trades Association:
"For the providers of building cleaning services, CMS 2015 is undoubtedly the outstanding trade show this year, and a visit is absolutely essential. This has been emphatically confirmed by the constant rise in attendance in recent years. CMS is acquiring an increasingly international dimension, and our CMS Congress again acknowledges this development. Members of the board of the WFBSC, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, will be meeting on 22nd September during CMS. And I can report to you today that the 22nd World Congress of the WFBSC will be taking place in Berlin in 2017 during CMS. We are eagerly awaiting this event, which we consider to be the ideal opportunity for a global exchange of views within our industry.
"According to the latest findings of the Federal Statistical Office the building cleaning trade employed 620,206 people in 2012, an increase of 2.2% over the previous year. We expect the total number of employees to have declined slightly to around 607,000 in 2014. The trend that has been evident for a number of years of an increase in the number of people required to pay social insurance contributions in our businesses appears to have stabilised and is a result, for example, of more so-called daytime cleaning, which takes place during customers' operating and working times. As expected, this trend will also be reflected among the exhibitors at CMS, and some of the main items in this context include low-noise machinery and flexibly deployable cleaning equipment.
"In 2012 the number of companies in our industry expanded by almost 5% to 23,197. For the first time in many years, in particular since the abolition of the master craftsman proviso, a slight decline of around 1.9%is forecast for 2014.
And in 2012 turnover reached the 14 billion euro mark for the first time, with industry earnings exceeding 14.25 billion euros. Index projections assuming increases of 3.9% and 4% for 2013 and 2014 respectively lead us to expect that, in absolute terms, the turnover has in fact already exceeded 15 billion."
Werner Schulze, chairman of the Building Cleaning Division of the IHO:
"Since its founding CMS has evolved into the industry event. The constantly rising number of exhibitors and its growing international importance are impressive evidence of this. At CMS in September member firms of the IHO will surprise visitors not only with new products but also with some innovative services. CMS provides a forum for manufacturers of cleaning agents and disinfectants to present their products and services. The member firms of the IHO, who supply the service sector, will again be represented in their entirety at CMS here in Berlin. To show how robust our sector is, the workforce of approximately 5,000 generates annual sales totalling some 850 million euros.
"This year's CMS is taking place against the background of a difficult economic situation. The market for cleaning and care products for the building cleaning sector continues to report that sales are stagnating. The cost situation forces customers to economise on the amount of chemicals used as well as reducing cleaning intervals, and the effects continue to be felt. A lowering of hygiene standards is particularly apparent in the public sector, and unfortunately it is all too easily forgotten that appropriate, professional cleaning is a prerequisite for maintaining the value of buildings."
Conference highlight: 2nd International CMS Congress
In the discussions at the 2nd International CMS Congress, the focus is on the factors of 'People and Business'. With this choice of topic the conference will examine the two decisive components that have a significant influence on commercial enterprises in the cleaning industry. Leading figures from the cleaning sector around the world, from Europe, the USA, South Africa, India and China, will be discussing current aspects of this subject in a global context. The CMS Congress enjoys the active support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries EFCI, the European Cleaning Machines Association EUnited and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products A.I.S.E.
"The venue for the congress, which takes place on 23rd and 24th September, is Marshall-Haus, a listed building on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, and the proceedings will be translated simultaneously into German, English and French.
"In addition, on all four days of the show, the practically oriented CMS Forum 2015 will feature fascinating and highly topical contributions on subjects such as wage policy, hygiene, health and trends in the cleaning sector (Hall 1.2, Stuttgart Room).
Highlight at the start of the fair: CMS Purus Awards
Messe Berlin invites all the exhibitors at CMS Berlin 2015 to submit their products or solutions for this year's CMS Purus Awards 2015. A panel of leading experts will select the most innovative and functional products with outstanding design qualities.
These highly coveted awards for design, function and innovation are presented in five categories: Machines, Equipment, Washroom Hygiene, Management Systems and Software, and Brand Communication. Once again the CMS Purus Awards are being organised in association with the International Design Centre Berlin (IDZ).
Information for visitors
CMS 2015 will be taking place daily from 22nd to 25th September between 10:00 and 17:00 in Halls 1.2 to 4.2 (southern entrance). Admission prices are 21 euros for a day ticket, 10 euros for a reduced-rate ticket and 32 euros for an unlimited pass. Tickets to CMS can be bought easily from the online ticket shop and be printed out at home (www.cms-berlin.de / Visitor Service). The P 18 area opposite Halls 25/26 is available for parking. Visitors travelling by S-Bahn should alight at Messe Süd. Access by cab is via the southern entrance on Jafféstrasse.
30th April 2015