The Amsterdam Innovation Award is Dry Cleaners’ & Launderers Association of India (DLAI) conducted its First Annual General Meeting & Best Practice Awards 2020 for Sustainable Practices on February 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai.
Marking the first year of the formation of DLAI, the well attended convention addressed Smart & efficient laundry technology, Asian Trends & successful business in Commercial Laundry and Retail Laundry and panel discussions on How to overcome challenges for small & medium dry cleaning/ laundry companies in a competitive, fast-changing environment besides others.
The Awards were given away at a gala evening programme to top players in the industry. The nominations for the Indian Best Practices Awards – Retail Textile Cleaning were Cleanovo, Laundrokart, Gemfab 5asec, Laundromania, LaundroMINT, The Laundry House, Mercury Dry Cleaners, Synergy Express and We Wash Laundromats. The nominations for Indian Best Practices Awards- Industrial Textile Services were: KLEANWISE, Quick Clean and Intensive Clothes Care Unit.
A member-jury from India and Germany collectively shortlisted the best performers based on five criteria.
The winners are
Industrial Textile Services
• Overall Best Practice Award – Quick Clean
• Sustainability Award – Intensive Clothing Care Unit
• Innovation Award – Quick Clean
Retail Textile Cleaning
• Overall Best Practice Award – Laundromania
• Sustainability Award – Mercury Dry Cleaners
• Innovation Award – Laundrokart
Anshul Gupta, Co-founder, commented, “Quick Clean is known for Innovation and Sustainable solutions. We are proud to represent India at Global Best Practice Awards in Industrial Textile Care Segment.”
The Indian Best Practices Awards, a national pre-selection chapter on The Road to Frankfurt Germany, where GBPA2020 Final will take place (June 20, 2020, at Texcare International).
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Bhatia, President and one of the 23 founder members of DLAI, said, “DLAI was formed in 2018 and within a span of one year, it has more than 1,000 members. This also includes the smaller associations all over India that operate in a traditional and unorganized way in fragmented sections. We have been successful in including a few and would like to reach out to the others too.
Right from those who want to source equipment or modern technology to upgrade themselves, to those in the new generation who want to enter the laundry business, DLAI is in the process of creating a cell for providing the required training and facilities.
Another core area is in addressing the pressing disparity in the GST and we are requesting the Government to remove it completely. Our mission is to foster and encourage professionalism and ongoing development within the Professional Textile Care industry in India.”
Virtual Info Systems Pvt. Ltd, the supporting organization of DLAI, has been working for the betterment of the Indian Laundry and Dry-cleaning segment since 2008. “It is a moment of pride to see the industry grow and today, as we stand at the first convention of DLAI, we look forward to creating the best of the platforms and help create such best performers in the future too,” said the Chairman, Jayaram Nair, who was the chief guest to the occasion.