The company also organizes numerous Texcare Forums, which bring local buyers
Wolfgang Marzin, president and chief executive officer of Messe Frankfurt, said,
“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
He added that Messe Frankfurt will be organizing the Clean Show in cooperation
with the five
U.S. trade associations that are the former owners: the Drycleaning and Laundry
Textile Care Allied Trades Association, the Coin Landry Association, the
Association for Linen
Management and the Textile Rental Services Association.
Riddle & Associates, the company that has been managing the show for many years, will
continue its involvement and will manage the upcoming show in New Orleans on
“Based on its success organizing international events for the textile-care
Frankfurt has the expertise and experience, as well as relationships with key
to ensure the continued growth and development of the Clean Show,” said Joseph Ricci, chair of
the Clean Show executive committee for 2019.
As part of the sale, the five current trade association sponsors will serve on
an advisory board
to provide input on future shows, promoting and supporting the show, sponsoring
a booth, and in
a variety of other ways.
TCATA President Leslie Schaeffer noted that “It is important for TCATA members to know that
the exhibitor package plan and the discounts on exhibit booths under the TCATA
program (members of TCATA plus one other association get the lowest rates
remain a valuable benefit for future shows. We anticipate that the transition to
a new owner will
be seamless, and that both exhibitors and attendees will largely have the same
had at past shows.”
The Clean Show concept began in 1975 when several industry trade associations
work together to put on a single show rather than each doing separate shows.
show, three additional sponsors joined the group to form the World Educational
Laundering and Drycleaning, and today’s Clean Show was born in 1977 with its first show in
By 1992, the show, which had been managed by Coin Laundry Association, had grown
and stature to the point that the sponsors decided to engage professional show
Riddle & Associates, an Atlanta-based trade show management and consulting firm, was
produce Clean ’93. John Riddle, the company’s president, had worked with the Clean Show’s
operations since 1981.
The show continued to grow through the ’90s, hitting high marks for attendance (21,000) in
Las Vegas in 1997 and number of exhibiting companies (621) in Orlando in 1999.
began falling through the early 2000s, bottoming out at 9,902 attendees and 412
companies in New Orleans in 2009.
Since then, the trend has reversed with increases in both attendance and number
companies. The 2017 show in Las Vegas drew 12,563 attendees and 472 exhibitors.
As of mid-
December, 359 companies had signed on to exhibit at the upcoming June 20-23 show
Last year, Trade Show Executive magazine listed the Clean Show as among the 50 fastest
growing shows of 2017. The show was ranked in all three categories of the awards
net square feet of exhibit space, number of exhibiting companies and total
attendance — one of
the few trade shows that exceeded the level of growth to be named in all three.
Messe Frankfurt, with its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, is owned by the
City of Frankfurt
(60 percent) and the German State of Hesse (40 percent).
The company said it is expecting 2018 sales of about €715 million ($881 million) The 490-plus
events held around the world under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella were attended by
102,000 exhibitors and an estimated 4.5 million visitors the firm said.
In a year-end report, Messe Frankfurt’s CEO Marzin said, “We have further globalized our
brands and stepped up the pace of our worldwide acquisition activities. At
almost 150 trade fairs,
some 102,000 exhibitors – more than ever before – put their trust in us and invested in
interaction formats. Messe Frankfurt is a pillar of strength in the fast-moving
“We have an expansion strategy tailored specially towards the Group and are
resolutely to the next level,” he added.
Messe Frankfurt operates two venues at its Frankfurt base – the Congress Center and Kap
Europa – as well as having over 90 congress and conference halls on its exhibition
2018, the Kap Europa congress centre was booked out for the entire year.
The company has more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations around the world.
Frankfurt’s North American subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt USA, has an office in Atlanta, GA,
headed by Dennis Smith.
Messe Frankfurt USA produces several textile-related events in North America,
Texworld USA, a semi-annual event held in New York for fabric buyers, designers
merchandisers, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, Techtextil North America, Texprocess
and Texworld USA.