Though India is one of the biggest car consumer markets of the world, when it comes to car care, the country has a lot to catch up with. The tremendous response the Car Care Expo 2016 received, shows that the demand for professional car wash and maintenance is on the rise. This is in tune with the increasing number of motorized vehicles and the awareness for saving water and energy and of course time. The visitors to the expo include car wash/ service centre operators, petrol pump operators, suppliers, mall operators, and other car wash professionals.
The Expo saw the launch of some stunning new products. When it comes to car cleaning, high pressure cleaners take the lead. R+M Suttner, the 44 year old German brand launched ST-164 easy foam two chemical injector with bypass for the professional car wash in the Indian market. This device aims to cut back on water consumption and reduce chemical usage. Made out of a combination of stainless steel and special high performance plastics, all versions are suitable for addition in high pressure from approx. 80 bar up to max. 350 bar. Rinsing function up to 60lt/min can be done without any drop in pressure.
Manmachine Works has lined up two new products. Anil Sethi, MD-Manmachine Work Pvt Ltd said, “Our steam machine is a real contribution to the prime minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat because this is an innovation by which we can clean a car with just four-five liters of water without compromising on the quality of cleanliness. This is going to change the way we are washing our cars in India.” Speaking about the technology, B.P. Tyagi, GM, Manmachine Works Pvt Ltd: “The Steam Jet Car Wash & Wax Machine Model FX 1D, are innovative products that give both water jet spray and wax coating simultaneously to the car’s exterior. The Rotary Underbody Vehicle Wash system is designed to wash cars without using the car lift. This has a stainless steel frame and can be used under a standing car.”
ATS ELGI’s mechanized automatic cleaning kits that are already in the market serve as exclusive business models as the ROI extends to not more than two years. With its tunnel wash already making waves, the company has launched 150 kits. “We are planning to launch 100 more kits in the market,” said Majaz Ahmad, ATS ELGI.
Uttam Chavan, MEP Manager, Bata India Limited who was at the earlier edition of the show too, expressed his happiness in seeing such a large space being devoted to sections like Car Care.
Speaking about the Show Karan Thapar, Director- Inventa Cleantec Pvt Ltd said, “We have returned to the Clean India Show after 2012, and we are very happy with the kind of responses we received over the three days. Having the entire range of latest car care solutions, we are confident to bring good ROI. We are hoping to have a bigger and better stall next time.”
When it comes to cleaning chemicals, meeting the demand and the efficiency of cleaning are aspects that matter. Compared to the generic ones, Saffron Equipments’ new chemical range that was launched in the show dries quickly, gives a lasting shine without leaving any stickiness on the dashboard. The glass cleaner cleans with no misting on the windscreen. “Car wash in India is driven by fixed perceptions,” said Shivom Kapoor, Saffron Equipments, one of the exhibitors at the Expo. “People mistake foaming for complete washing. Ideally, cars need to be foamed, washed, waxed and maintained.”