After a much delayed break, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the fuel retail and carwash industries came back in full force! And we were eager to meet, discuss and network in person again.
Over 16,000 attendees from 100 countries got together in Stuttgart on May 17-19 to share the latest ideas and innovations during three days full of networking, innovations and conferences. The Messe Stuttgart hosted 431 exhibitors from 37 countries, spread across 40,000 sqm of exhibition space showcasing the most innovative products and services in the segments of fuels, convenience and carwash. Halls 1, 3 and 5 of Messe Stuttgart quickly filled with visitors on the first day, maintaining a strong volume for the three days.
The ‘Technology, payment & logistics’ area covered Hall 3 and the entire Hall 5. New types of fuel and digitalization were the main trends on show. International retailers could see the most innovative solutions for tanks, fuel logistics, payments, nozzles and station management.
The themes of sustainability and digitalization also took centre stage at the Carwash Forum and the International Forum, were ICASA took part in the roundtable discussion ‘Trends from around the world, hosted by PetrolPlaza. In the sessions industry leaders explored best practices, challenges and opportunities in a dynamic market.
Click here to view the full recording of the roundtable discussion.
In Hall 1, attendees could explore the themes ‘Shop & convenience’ and ‘Oil companies & fuel retailers.’ A highlight of Hall 1 was the Alternative Fuels Pavilion where national and international companies presented a wide range of energy options to power today, and tomorrow’s transport. These included hydrogen, eFuels, methanol, LNG and charging.The ‘Car wash & car care’ area extended from Hall 1 to a large part of Hall 3. The industry’s leading players were all present for the most important show in their calendars. Rollovers, self-service machines, payment systems, hoovers, brushes, carwash chemicals and sustainable water treatment – visitors could find everything related to the professional carwash business.
Despite the challenging context, visitors, exhibitors and organizers branded the event a total success. The UNITI expo team were happy with the level of attendance and the support shown by the industry.
“Taking into consideration the dramatic drop in visitors from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as well as the lack of participants from COVID-19 restricted areas such as China and South Korea, we were able to maintain a similar number of international, high level visitors as in 2018. We even had significant increases from specific regions, such as Latin America,” says Bruno Boroewitsch, Managing Director of com-a-tec GmbH, responsible for the organization and marketing of the fair.
Once again, and after a four year break enforced by the pandemic, UNITI Expo managed to get the whole industry under one roof – a combination of the most innovative concepts together with international decision-makers that continues to push the industry forward.The ICASA Team hopes to welcome you once again at Messe Stuttgart on May 14-16 2024 for the fifth edition of UNITI Expo!