Clean Show acquired by Messe Frankfurt 06 Dec 2018

Press Release

Messe Frankfurt has finalised a deal with the Clean Show Executive Committee (CEC) to purchase the largest trade fair for textile care in the Western Hemisphere. The Clean Show is held every two years rotating throughout the US. As a part of the acquisition, the five industry associations that are involved in the sale will maintain their close involvement and Messe Frankfurt aims to continue the Clean Show success story in the future.

The Clean Show, which was awarded a fastest 50 award this year in all three major categories, attracted over 11,000 trade visitors and 481 exhibitors to Las Vegas in 2017. The first edition as a part of the Messe Frankfurt portfolio of textile-care fairs will be held in New Orleans from 20 to 23 June 2019. Future events are planned for Atlanta and Orlando in 2021 and 2023 respectively.

Messe Frankfurt will organise the Clean Show in cooperation with the former owners, five US trade associations that include: 

  • Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), 
  • TRSA, the Association for Linen, Uniform and Facility Services (TRSA) 
  • Coin Laundry Association (CLA), 
  • Association for Linen Management (ALM), 
  • Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA).

Joseph Ricci, Clean 2019 Chairman of the Clean Executive Committee and President of TRSA, says, “Based on its success organising international events for the textile-care sector, Messe Frankfurt has the expertise and experience, as well as relationships with key exhibiting partners, to ensure the continued growth and development of the Clean Show.”

The purchase of the Clean Show will elevate the portfolio of trade fairs organised by Messe Frankfurt for the laundry, dry cleaning and textile service businesses. Texcare International, the leading trade fair for the sector, has been held in Frankfurt am Main since 1956. Over recent years, the network has been expanded to include trade shows in China and the United Arab Emirates, as well as conferences in growth markets under the heading ‘Texcare Forum’. The strategy of Messe Frankfurt Page 2 enjoys the support of long-standing partners of the four-yearly Texcare International: VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies and the German Textile Cleaning Association.

Discussing the strategic expansion, Dennis Smith, Managing Director Messe Frankfurt North America, says, “With the Clean Show, we have purchased America’s biggest trade fair for textile care and gained another module for our worldwide network of events for the textile-care sector. We now hold trade fairs in all major economic regions and offer synergistic effects for both exhibitors and visitors.”

Well known US-based management company, Riddle and Associates, led by industry veteran, John Riddle, will manage the 2019 event on behalf of Messe Frankfurt.

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