Total Facilities 2017
Last week Sydney’s new International Convention Centre played host to 2017’s Total Facilities expo. It is the nation’s largest and only dedicated exhibition for facilities management and for like-minded professionals with the common goal of optimising facility and workplace performance. It presents innovative solutions and raises forward-thinking strategies to achieve greater efficiency, sustainability and productivity in the built environment.
The event provided a central networking lounge, exhibitor stands for attendees to peruse at leisure, and staged well-attended interview panels in its Speaker Series. The product showcase brought together the largest exhibition of facility products and services in the southern hemisphere, and offered event-goers the opportunity to discover the latest innovations, source and compare suppliers, and engage first-hand with experts.
The expo once again proved to be successful and gave exhibitors the opportunity to promote their new and innovative ideas and share their excitement for current developments.
Facility Management magazine attended the expo and talked to some of the attendees about their experiences of this year’s event.
Geoffrey Ong of Dyson Australia said that Dyson attended Total Facilities 2017 “to talk to property managers, facility managers, architects and specifiers” about its total performance products. “The vibe so far has been very positive,” he said. “We had to get two scanners because so many people were coming through. A lot of people know the Dyson name and brand – it’s very popular.”
Billi, a leading manufacturer of boiling and chilled filtered water systems, constructed an elaborate stand for its exhibit this year. Its national FM and service network manager, John Dykes, said, “In terms of the show, it’s fantastic and it seems to grow each year. We’ve had a new stand built and we’ve got a lot of staff here, so we’re very much committed to this. But our main focus for the show is brand awareness; we really want to get our name out there as much as possible.” And Total Facilities allows Billi to do just that.
Expo first-timer API Locksmiths participated in TFX 2017 because, as an industry leader, a lot of customers look to it for the latest advances in security. Scott Siega, API’s national sales and service manager, said, “To showcase our products, it makes sense to be here, to get in front of our customers who sometimes don’t get to see us on a regular basis.” Of its first experience of TXF, Siega added, “We wanted to dip our toe in the water and understand whether or not this is something we need to be a part of in the foreseeable future. We wanted to be proactive and be in front of our customers, to let them know we’re still here. Also for new customers who don’t know who we are or may not have heard of us, this gets them out in front of us.”
Total Facilities 2017 hosted a plethora of exhibitors from many different faculties of facilities management, all eager to share their innovations and network with like-minded companies. The expo unites Australia’s largest community of FM thinkers, champions the behind-the-scenes of high-performing environments, and supports healthy, positive FM surroundings. Total Facilities 2018 is scheduled for 18 and 19 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and promises to be equally as constructive and innovative as this year.