Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo (TXCA & CLE) is gearing up for its 2024 show, which returns to the Shanghai New International Expo Centre 2–4 August on the back of a growing laundry sector in the country.
The 2023 edition of the show was the first major textile care fair to take place following the global pandemic. Recording a 95% exhibitor satisfaction rate, the show broke previous attendance records by hosting 337 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions and attracting 27,247 buyers from 70 countries and regions – a strong indication of the industry rebounding, said co-organisers Messe Frankfurt.
This year’s fair is expected to cover over 25,000sqm of floor space and organisers report CLM, Eliza, Haier, Jensen, Oasis, Kannegisser, Sankosha, Sea-Lion, Unisec, Weishi and more, have already confirmed their participation.
China’s commercial laundry sector is forecast to reach $918.4m by 2030, growing at a 9.6% compound annual rate. In 2022 alone, China added 166 new continuous laundry tunnel systems, bringing the nationwide total to over 1,315 units. Additionally, more than 320 complete sets of finishing equipment were purchased by large and medium-sized washing factories illustrating increasing demand for laundry equipment and services and, in particular, efficient, intelligent and environmentally friendly products.
Speaking at the 2023 show, Mr Zhengkai Xiao, laundry general manager of Qingdao Haier Washing Machine Co Ltd, commented: “As a trusted barometer of the sector, the show consistently leads the way in fostering industry growth and prosperity. The whole industry has high expectations for TXCA & CLE, which is why it brings so many participants together.”
International participation is expected to be further fuelled by China’s recent expansion of its visa-free entry programme, which now includes select European countries such as France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain, as well as Brunei, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Mr Ah Wah Tham, president of the Malaysia Garment and Linen Cleaning Services Association, said: “As soon as we learnt the good news of the mutual visa-free policy between China and Malaysia, we immediately sent invitation letters to all of our members to participate in TXCA & CLE 2024. The feedback was very positive, and they expressed their hope to visit nearby equipment manufacturers and laundry factories during their trip to Shanghai. We are now preparing the itinerary for our trip to Shanghai in August, and we are looking forward to meeting new and old friends from across the global laundry industry very soon.”