What is CMS Berlin and why should we care?


The WCM Stig is Window Cleaning Magazine’s very own secret correspondent who dispatches reports on events and shows from across the planet. Today’s dispatch filed by the WCM Stig is from Europe. WCM Stig reports from the 19th-22nd September CMS Berlin 2017 event.

So what is CMS Berlin and why should we care?

Well, with over 429 exhibitors from over 24 countries with 29,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor space, we would say that the CMS event is pretty hard to ignore. The CMS this year predicted a record attendance with 20,000 plus visitors from 70 countries and it would seem that they were not disappointed.

This international cleaning trade show is in September and has proven to be the ideal place to build business and network into the international cleaning market. CMS is quickly establishing itself as an EU gateway.

Berlin is already regonised as the birthplace of building cleaning. Yes, that’s right, you read that right…. the German capital is regarded as the place where modern building cleaning as we know it today had its origins. Back in 1877 a Frenchman called Marius Moussy began the commercial cleaning of windows and building facades in Berlin… yup, that guy. He started it all off.

The theme this year was on digital cleaning. There was plenty to discover from drones to software. Of course Unger was attending, showcasing items such as their HydroPower RO with onboard Smart Guard tech.

The event is not just all trade show either. This important industry gathering included top speakers and presentations. The event also holds the Purus Innovation Awards with 6 categories. This year companies like Karcher, Nilfisk, Diversey and Vermop to name a few dominated the awards.

So, what were the window cleaning treats at the event?

The WCM Stig reports seeing robotics all around at the event with programmable floor cleaning machines, remote controlled robots for solar panel cleaning and even a Clean Copter https://www.cleancopter.de/ english-1/vision-cleancopter/ designed to clean windows and facades. “Gutter inspections maybe, but clean a window? Don’t make me laugh”, comments Stig.

“…. There was tech everywhere. The Unger stand was busy as always with the HydroPower RO attracting a lot of attention with its nice looking LCD and there was plenty of demonstrations of the award winning Unger Stingray. Moerman were also there for the squeegee heads with their full range of products.

The biggest stand out for me was Ionic Systems ( UK company) and the new Portage System. Only released in the UK a few weeks ago, already Ionic has the attention of the industry in this offering.

Yeah, another tank system, I thought. Boy, was I wrong.

The Portage was in the outdoor area neatly nestled into the back of a hot looking Dodge Ram. The system looked great with all self contained filters RO and DI tucked out of sight. There are many clever features on this system. Being able to take out the system from the vehicle to replace it with maybe a softwash system or beer, or bikes, family, whatever. No more having two vehicles, one for work and one for the family. Fixing the system into the truck/van means it is fully secure but it can be easily removed. Genius.

Talking to these guys at Ionic, I get the feeling that they have been a sleeping giant for a while, they have now woken up and they are ready to rumble. Better watch out world.

I was told by Ionic Systems that they would be out and about in the Dodge over the next view weeks demonstrating the system.

This show was a great industry meeting place with a fantastic buzz. Industry is slowly gravitating to this event, I would not be surprised to see other window cleaning related manufacturers wanting to pitch here in the coming years but for now I’m looking for a Dodge Ram. I wonder if the missus would notice if the Fiesta suddenly got bigger?”