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Consultant Bill Griffin Reports from China Clean Expo

Shanghai, China, April 1, 2 & 3, 2013
Hello from China. I’ve heard about the China Clean Expo for several years and always thought attending would be a good learning experience, so I put it my travel schedule and bought a ticket for Shanghai.
Here’s an overview of my observations from the expo and how cleaning in China compares to the USA and other places I’ve visited.

  • China has tremendous growth potential due to the size of its population and the fact that it is currently behind the times by at least 20 years, so there is a lot of room for improvement.
  • I didn’t see much innovation here. Most of what was on display in the expo hall was either the real thing in a major manufacturer’s booth or a copy of existing products and equipment found elsewhere in the world.
  • The latest products and equipment were on display in the exhibit hall, but don’t appear to be in wide spread use throughout China at this time. Even in the expo center I didn’t see any riding equipment, flat mops, microfibers or green products being used. And once you get down the block from the expo center, cleaning streets, sidewalks and shops is often done with a tree branch and a dirty mop.
  • I was told that high end customers such as shopping centers, private clubs, high tech factories and stores that sell imported goods are using modern equipment, chemicals and equipment.
  • At the expo center and elsewhere, toilet paper was used in place of paper towels and hand dryers are common place.
  • What I did see that was new included: a stone and tile repair kit that used isocyanate glue and Nano-bonding particles of various colors to fill holes and cracks, and a Nano based photo catalytic coating for metal, glass and other surfaces that claimed to make surface self-cleaning.
  • For more info visit: and if you want to see it in person, next year’s China Clean Expo is scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2014.

To read the complete China Clean report, click here