Watercoolers Europe chairman Michal Zys caught up with Refreshment magazine editor Martin White at the association’s annual conference and trade show, which was held in Berlin last week.
According to figures disclosed at the conference, 2018 represented another year of growth for the European water dispenser market. Zys claimed that warm summers over the last two years had boosted the industry, as the hot weather brought a number of new customers to companies in the water sector.
Zys predicted that this growth would continue in the next few years: “Expected growth for the next five years is around 3% year-on-year for bottled water coolers, and around 6% for point-of-use (mains-fed), so the business is booming.”
Topics such as sustainability and the role of technology played an important role in both the conference and trade show, and Zys claimed that increased consumer scrutiny about plastic packaging could lead to further growth in the point-of-use cooler segment.
“We see that the accumulated growth is twice higher than the expected growth in the bottled water cooler market, that’s why we think this is the future of the industry.”
This year’s conference and show also experienced significant growth, with a 10% increase in exhibitors from last year’s show in Dublin, and Michal claimed that the association anticipated that even more exhibitors will be present at it’s 2020 event in Lisbon.
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