The National : OCTNOVDEC2017 DRYCLEANER
THINGS HAVE CHANGED In 2017, we can book our air- fares interstate a month or so ahead and fly at staggeringly cheap rates. Many people will log their intended flights with webjet or similar price watch agency, easily picking up cheap fares for the period specified. The allied trader industry has shrunk considerably, but thanks to technology they are accessible. Family laundries increasingly are taken over by national companies, or sold for the increased value of the land on which they sit. Country drycleaners once dotted the landscape but towns which boasted four cleaners are now lucky to have one. Many things have changed, and TwinClean is one of them. The event is tight, you can fly in Friday night and Fly out Sunday lunch if you want to. A great deal of business is packed into the sessions. TODAY Which brings us to today. In this day and age of informa- tion at our fingertips, if we want to compare machinery, we can do some research ahead of time online or chat by email or Skype with com- panies interstate or overseas. Our associations have web- sites and even the magazine you are reading, 67 years old, is online. We benefit from talking to people, and listen- ing to the experiences of oth- ers. Next issue, we will reveal some of the Speakers on the Business Program. We are a multi billion dollar industry, and we are an essential service. An ageing population will bring new challenges and opportunities for launderers, possibly in personal clothing, as will tourism, ensuring launderers are kept busy. It is easy to stay in business when there are lots of customers. Today, when the average Australian wears casual clothes to work, and is lucky to own a suit let alone clean it every week, drycleaners have to work hard to bring work into the plant, it doesn’t just turn up. The pie is smaller, but there are fewer trying to eat it. Allied Traders too have to deal with this climate. Go to any Texcare in Germany or Asia, or to the CleanShow in the USA, and you will not go far without hearing the dulcet accents of the Aussie or Kiwi, hungry for knowledge. SPONSORSHIPS AND EXHIBITION As in days gone by with Launtex, VILA and the DIA conferences, there are opportunities for traders to take a booth space to pro- vide a meeting point and distribute information. On the page at right you will see there also are opportunities for Sponsorship. Please read and consider what you get for your money. I think you will agree, this is very good value as the Exhibition area is open to all delegates, both for tea and coffee, and pre-dinner drinks on Saturday night. Gold and Silver options have been snapped up for the Drycleaners Sponsors, and two Silver have gone on the Laundry side, at the time of closing this issue. Please contact the Committee direct on firstname.lastname@example.org 2 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2017 Time for a mini-break. By the time we hit August, many Aussies are longing for Summer. Even in winter, Surfers Paradise's coldest temperatures rarely go below ten degrees overnight, and can be as high as 21C most days, and sea temperatures are similar. 5 o'clock sunsets are dramatic, but cool.
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