- By RAI Amsterdam
- Posted: March 02, 2016
Shortlist decided from record number of entries for Amsterdam Innovation Award 2016
The expert jury for the 11th edition of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam Innovation Award have nominated nine candidates from a record number of 110 entries. The overall winner and the three category winners will be announced by the jury on Tuesday 10 May 2016 in a dedicated award presentation during ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam. The Visitors’ Choice Award for the entry that received the most votes from visitors to the exhibition will be presented at the same time.
The nominees in the category ‘Machines, accessories and components’ are: the Sealed Air Diversey Care for the TASKI SWINGOBOT 755, Cleanfix Reinigungssysteme for its RA 660 NAVI, and Kärcher for the BRC 40/22 C.
The following nominees were chosen from the large number of entries in the second category, ‘Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety’: the SpillEX by Vileda Professional FHCS, Werner & Mertz’s Professional Quick & Easy System, and the Lumecel Microburst 3000 Air Care Dispenser by Newell Europe.
The third and final category is ‘Management, training solutions and related products’, for which the nominees are: the Augmented Reality Suma Revoflow by Sealed Air Diversey Care, the Connected Cleaning concept by Kärcher, and the Tork EasyCube by SCA.
Striving for innovation
“This year’s jury was amazed at the record number of entries,” says Michelle Marshall, chair of the Amsterdam Innovation Award jury. “The 110 entries this year showcase how the sector is actively striving for innovation, especially when you compare the number to the 66 entries for the 2014 edition.
“Another interesting point is that the 110 products were submitted by 66 different companies from 20 countries, underlining the truly international flavour of our industry. The countries with the most entries this year were the US, Germany and the UK, closely followed by the Netherlands and France.”
Innovation and sustainability
“Surprising trends in the submitted products include the breakthrough of autonomous cleaning robots, while other technological innovations are also well-represented. Many entries are based on software and apps that use the data supplied by internet-connected equipment to provide remote controlled reports, analyses and visualisation.
“Sustainability was also clearly present in this edition, proving that this is a trend which is here to stay. We see a growing number of new products that consume less water and energy and use fewer chemicals. Moreover, these innovations are characterised by the application of more eco-friendly production methods than ever before, taking into account the (environmental) impact of the entire lifecycle of a product.”
In addition to chair Michelle Marshall, chief editor of European Cleaning Journal, the jury included the following members: Reinhard Knittler, publisher of German cleaning magazine Reinigungs Markt; Paolo Pellizzari, editor at Pulizia Industriale e Sanificazione from Italy; Pierre Deschamps, chief editor of Batiment Entretien from France; Rob Geissler, publisher of the American magazine portfolio Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting Profits and Housekeeping Solutions; Cor van der Velden, chief expert at Skills Netherlands; Dick van Zomeren, industry expert and editor of Servicemanagement from the Netherlands; Ton van der Riet, managing director of Senzora in the Netherlands; and Antonio Borreda, director of Revista Limpiezas from Spain.
An inspiring platform
All nominated products will be on display in the InnovationLAB throughout ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2016. Established to give exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to exchange experiences and insights in the field of cleaning innovations, the InnovationLAB platform offers an inspiring environment in which to present pioneering products and revolutionary ideas.
“New products have always been an important element of the event,” says Rob den Hertog, manager of ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam. “The InnovationLAB adds an extra dimension to the existing concept by featuring an inspiring physical element on the exhibition floor. It allows visitors to see the most recent developments in the industry at first hand.”
The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) Flying Doctors, and its projects in Africa which provide water and sanitary facilities to local communities.
The InnovationLAB is located in Hall 9.