Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Products & Technology at Car Care World Expo

October 11, 2010

This year, over 300 carwash equipment suppliers, manufacturers and distributors will be on-hand at Car Care World Expo 2010, being held May 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

A special Green Pavilion will be showcasing products that are environmentally-friendly. All products on exhibit will be less toxic, minimally polluting, more energy efficient and safer and healthier for customers, employees and the environment.

New this year will be the Detailing Pavilion, a section reserved exclusively for detailing and car appearance equipment and products.

From 2009 to 2010
Last year, the buzz words were “economy,” “efficiency,” and “energy,” and this year, they’ll also be heard about the show floor. But today’s customers now want their products to be even more eco-friendly and energy efficent, and now safer it seems, too. Car care equipment suppliers and manuacturers are taking note and are ready to deliver the goods at this year’s show.

New International Carwash Association President Jeff Gheysens said of this year’s show, “as carwash professionals continue to focus on business success and growth after a challenging economic time, carwash owners and operators will discover products, technologies and solutions that help save money, protect the environment and provide inspiration to create the ultimate car wash experience for both their current and prospective customers.”

The 2009 Expo saw 6,545 carwash equipment buyers and sellers with more than 70 percent of all attendees representing buyers of carwash equipment or supplies from 1,835 retail carwash companies and 5,887 retail carwash locations. There were 312 exhibiting companies spread out over 124,250 square feet of exhibit floor space. Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Eric Wulf said they were thrilled to see that even in such challenging times, carwash operators and suppliers still wanted to attend, exhibit and look at products at the show.

Better, safer, and more efficient
This year, the economy is still shaky, therefore people want equipment that is more efficient and not susceptible to breakdowns.

Bob Schrum, president of the Southeastern Car Wash Association and the owner and founder of Flagstop Carwash and Quick Lube, said, “I think that most attendees will be looking for better, safer, more reasonable and more efficient products and equipment than ever before. I believe we are all looking for ways to wash more vehicles at a lower cost while finding new an innovative ways to attract more customers.”

Bill Carbonel, president of the Western Car Wash Association, said that most of the products unveiled at the show will be geared towards making operations more efficient. “Products that reduce labor and other operating costs should gain the most interest from attendees,” he said. “Most operators are looking for bottom line solutions in today’s difficult economic landscape.”

Josh Hart of Airlift Doors, Inc. said they will be introducing a new high-speed vinyl roll up door that will go with their polycarbonate line. He said they’re thinking of their customer’s needs during these tough economic and environmental times and knows that prices are a large factor in purchasing decisions, but has have found that carwash owners are more concerned with quality and reducing maintenance.

“Owner/operators understand the cost of downtime even more in a down economy and are willing to invest in products and companies that they have confidence in. Our new door is designed on this concept, simple and reliable operation with very little maintenance,” said Hart.

Being greener
The environment has been a hot topic for years, and now companies are making products that are even more green.

Paul Fazio, president of SONNY’S, said they’re introducing more products than ever before and one will be completely green. “We shoot every year for seven or more new breakthroughs. This year we will have more than seven. Two of those new products are new washing materials. For those looking for green items, one of the materials is made from totally recycled materials — really cool stuff,” Fazio said.

Troy Wade, director of marketing for Oasis Car Wash Systems, Inc., said they will be debuting the latest edition of the Eclipse™ carwash, an environmentally friendly wash that washes 40 cars per hour and reduces water and utility usage.

“Increased energy efficiency is a hot topic among car wash manufacturers and operators these days. We feel it is important to focus on developing ways to draw less power and consume less water because the ability to “go green” is beginning to have an impact on consumers’ buying decisions,” said Wade. Wade also said that they foresee a higher demand for equipment that utilizes Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), which help reduce energy consumption. “The government is starting to offer tax incentives to encourage the use of VFDs, so it will be interesting to see how quickly our fellow manufacturers respond,” said Wade. “These incentives are important because they affect everyone in the carwash process by generating savings for the manufacturers, the owners and operators, as well as the end consumer.”