RAI Amsterdam – venue for Europe’s leading professional cleaning exhibition ISSA/INTERCLEAN – and ISSA who co-hosted the event – have terminated their alliance according to a statement from the RAI. This means the name has been officially changed to Interclean Amsterdam with immediate effect.
Amsterdam RAI said the focus of Interclean Amsterdam, which next takes place from May 15-18 2018, will remain on fostering the environment for change and innovation within the professional cleaning industry. It will continue to represent companies displaying a broad range of cleaning products that covers machines, equipment and detergents – as well as solutions for the healthcare, industrial, institutional, retail and hospitality industries.
“With the change to Interclean Amsterdam we will continue to fulfil our role as the promoters of innovation within the professional cleaning industry,” said Rob den Hertog, director of Interclean. “We will keep our global focus, strengthen our strategy across the entire organisation, and go wherever the industry needs us to be.”
A statement from ISSA, however, has unambiguously rejected RAI Amsterdam’s contention that their long-standing alliance has ended. Executive director John Barrett said: “ISSA wishes that any conjecture on its role in this matter be put to rest. The association’s leadership wishes to stress to its valued members, peers and stakeholders that the current allegations regarding the association’s partnership and global family of ISSA/INTERCLEAN exhibitions have been carried out without its consent.
“ISSA does not support RAI’s unilateral departure from its obligations, nor its choice to communicate directly to members of the association with direction counter to its contractual obligations.”