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Texcare 2002 Scheduled for Hong Kong

Texcare Asia, the International Trade Fair for Modern Textile Care, will take place in Hong Kong next year from May 9 –11, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. Held once every four years, the event attracted over 2,500 trade visitors in Singapore for the 1998 show.
The 2002 event in Hong Kong is expected to cover around 6,000 square meters and house approximately 100 manufacturers displaying textile care related products and services, for all aspects of the laundry and dry cleaning industries.

With Texcare Asia, Messe Frankfurt aims to offer suppliers to the textile care industry access to the Asia Pacific markets, with an additional orientation towards the Chinese market. Buyers at the event will include large-scale institutions with high turnover of textile items (such as uniforms, bed linen, upholstery and carpets), including hotels, hospitals, schools, and prisons, as well as commercial dry-cleaners and launderers.

Currently, US and European manufacturers lead the field in terms of automation and environmental awareness in textile care products and machinery, and their advanced technology is much sought after in the Asian markets. The growth of tourism in Asia has necessitated rapid upgrading of facilities and practices, alongside acknowledgement of the need for energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness.

In addition to Hong Kong’s central location at the hub of Asia and South China, it also has one of the highest rates of import and re-export for textile care-related products and machinery in the region. In 2000, the value of washing machine, dry-cleaning machine, drying machine and ironing machine / press imports into Hong Kong topped USD 90.5 million. With over 4,000 new hotel rooms in 12 hotels planned before the end of 2003, and the trend towards environmentally-friendly laundry practices adopted by many of the major hotel chains, the market is set for significant expansion.

Last June Texcare 2000 attracted over 17,000 international, trade visitors and 258 exhibitors to Frankfurt for the five-day show. For more information on Texcare Asia 2002, visit email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax (852) 2511 3466.

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”