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International News

Safety at height with Foot The Ladder

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Ideal for any cleaning or maintenance worker who works at height this product is a UK innovation, manufactured here, and negates the need for a second person to foot the ladder whilst a colleague works at height! Everybody appreciates that using a ladder can be dangerous, even if a person is only a few rungs high. Each year there are numerous ladder related incidents and accidents in the UK alone.

Lindhaus LW30-38 eco Force floor scrubbers offer high efficiency, low sound levels and maximum energy savings

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The new Lindhaus compact LW30-38 pro floor scrubbers are now a part of the eco Force family of commercial machines.

They have a new design with classic blue features and many technical innovations that improve the performance of both machines:

* A new front tank hook provides and easy opening and closing of the water tank
* Automatic pump shut-off (in case there is lack of water) is operated by an electronic control

Diversey partners with Eindhoven University of Technology on pioneering research in robotics

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Diversey has announced that it is partnering with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and a select group of other leading European industrial companies on pioneering research in the field of robotics.

Fair Work Ombudsman enquiry uncovers 'rampant exploitation' of Woolworths cleaners

Cleaning contractors at 90% of Woolworths' Tasmanian supermarket sites have not always complied with workplace laws. This is one of the findings of the Fair Work Ombudsman's enquiry into the procurement of cleaners in Tasmanian supermarkets, whose report was released yesterday.

Ascom helps hospitals optimise hand hygiene workflows and compliance monitoring

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Ascom, the Swiss-headquartered supplier of healthcare ICT solutions, is helping hospitals improve hand hygiene and thus reduce healthcare associated infections, by delivering an advanced mobile solution that tracks staff compliance to hygiene procedures.

Fifth-annual $10,000 prize contest seeks best US school janitor

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The school janitor/caretaker is often one of the hardest working, yet least recognised, individuals around. Do you know an amazing school janitor or custodian? Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its fifth-annual Janitor of the Year contest which honours the 'best-of-the-best' school janitors and custodians across America.

Cleaners' strike 'completely paralyses' Gaza hospitals

Hospitals in Gaza have been struggling to function following a strike by cleaners which started on Sunday over alleged non-payment of salaries. Gaza's health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qedra said on Monday that operating theatres were "completely paralysed" due to the accumulation of dirt and rubbish in the hospitals for the second day in a row.

Walkthrough sanitising unit for humans

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Meritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.

Sanuwave receives US patent for use of shock waves in cleaning and grooming of water submerged structures

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Sanuwave Health has been granted a US Patent entitled 'Cleaning and Grooming Water Submerged Structures Using Acoustic Pressure Shock Waves'.

Getting down and dirty: Matrix machines take the graft out of industrial cleaning

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Industrial sector steam cleaning machines - believed to be the only such machines manufactured in the UK, are offered by Matrix Cleaning Systems in 110v, 240v or 380v, single and 3-phase versions, operating between 8 and 10 bar pressure.

SC Johnson Professional partners with National Service Alliance

SC Johnson Professional has announced a new strategic partnership with the National Service Alliance (NSA), the industry-leading group purchasing organisation for building service contractors and related businesses in the US.

This agreement includes all of Deb Group's skin care products, and the newest line of SC Johnson Professional floorcare and surfacecare products. Deb Group is part of SC Johnson Professional and the world's leading away-from-home skincare company.

Lucart strengthens presence in tissue market with acquisition of Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System

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Lucart has welcomed 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.

Riwal completes integration of AFI GmbH in Germany and appoints new Country Manager

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has completed the integration of AFI GmbH, which was acquired in May 2017, into its organisation. The newly formed Riwal Arbeitsbühnenvermietung GmbH brings the Hamburg-based AFI GmbH and the German operations of Riwal Deutschland GmbH together under one roof. Dietmar Müller joins the company as the new Country Manager.

W+D GmbH acquires BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH

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Winkler+Dünnebier (W+D)-a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading provider of integrated system solutions for the mail and hygiene industries - has acquired BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH. Based in Mayen, Germany, BICMA designs and manufactures machinery for the production of hygiene products in the personal-care sector.

ACI unveils 'Exploration Clean': Teaching the chemistry behind cleaning

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The American Cleaning Institute has launched 'Exploration Clean', an online experience aimed at teaching middle-school students the science and chemistry behind cleaning.

This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.

Record breaking visitors at Asia's largest expo on cleaning technology

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Asia's largest Expo on Cleaning Technology & Hygiene Solutions - Clean India Pulire 2018 along with Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo saw record numbers visit the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, in Mumbai last month.

Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.

Regina Henrich joins ISSA as European manager

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Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.

Qatari litterbugs look out!

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The Qatari government is cracking down on litterbugs in a new initiative starting today, in which municipal inspectors will start catching culprits, issuing warnings and meting out punishments - which can, in the most severe cases, include a jail term.

Prochem Europe boosts cleaning technology offer for 2018

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Innovatory cleaning technology and solutions in the latest product catalogue from Prochem Europe, include key new releases for 2018.

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I was delighted to receive several phone calls, emails and comments on Cleanzine’s Facebook page in response to last week’s leader, which focused on Channel Four’s undercover report on poor cleaning practices – even if not everyone agreed with my sentiments!

The Cleaning & Support Service’s/Principle Cleaning Services’ Doug Cooke, wrote: “Cleaning 20+ rooms a day is a totally unreasonable target, I know I’ve tried it! Hence shortcuts are taken but can you call them ‘rogue’ cleaners in order to get through their workload?”

It’s good to see an industry leader who’s aware of what goes on ‘at the coal front’ and thus can make decisions on sound knowledge of what’s physically possible. I wish more CEO’s did the same!

Undercover reporters don’t always provide a balanced view and I feel the industry will suffer because of the programme – and the Carillion collapse - as it did when then Prime Minister Gordon Brown organised the hospital deep-cleans. The finger was pointed at the cleaners (not having done a good job) rather than questions being asked about how hospital budgets were being spent (too much on admin, too much time - & thus money – spent on red tape & ridiculous purchasing decisions and not enough spent on cleaning).

We all want to stay in hygienically clean hotels, but are we prepared to break the budget to ensure that this is the case – something that will only happen when contractors are paid what the job’s worth? We want medication to be freely available to cure whatever illnesses we face. Do we sacrifice hospital cleaning so more can be spent on meds, but then find that once our cancer (for example) has disappeared we’re left fighting MRSA?

I agree with Heritage Tiling & Restoration Company’s Steve Sinnott who said some companies are more interested in profits than they are in doing a good job and paying decent wages. However, I’d argue that others do their darnedest to deliver the necessary service with the funds made available to them.

Our industry boasts an enormous workforce and although reputable contractors will ensure that each employee is trained and properly equipped, they can’t be sure that procedures will be followed to the letter and that a cleaner who’s done well in training hasn’t found what he or she considers to be a better way of doing things (hence the use of the word ‘rogue’)? You can put all the measures in place, but have no real control over what happens in reality…

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This Week's News

Worldwide floorcare machines market to reach US$ 4,600mn by 2025

* Worldwide-Floor-Care-Machines.jpgA recent global market study on floorcare machines has concluded that the floorcare machines market will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.0%, with market size reaching over US$4,600 million by the end of 2025.

Despite lagging behind in terms of growth rate during the forecast period, scrubbers will remain the dominant machine type, holding approximately a one-third revenue share of the market. Burnishers are expected to lead the global market with the highest growth rate of over 3.8% during the forecast period.

Bringing the cleaning world together - with TVH in Waregem (BE)

* ISSA-TVH-event.jpgAre you looking for opportunities to establish new international contacts and to connect with peers, industry experts, as well as ISSA members and representatives?

Enjoy a glass of wine with industry peers in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Plus, hear useful tips for effective logistics management as well as insights into the future of AI and robotics in the workplace. Equipment for simultaneous translation will be provided by TVH.

Kärcher teams up with AFC club programme as tournament official sponsor

* Karcher-AFC.jpgGerman cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher is now an official sponsor of both the Asian Football Confederation Champions League and the AFC Cup. Its cooperation with the AFC will include premium stadium signage at more than 190 matches, including matches at the group and knock-out stages, to be played this year. With this sponsorship, the global cleaning technology expert expects to boost its brand recognition throughout Asia.

Avidbots signs distributor agreement with Macnica to help address Japan labour shortage

* Avidbot.jpgAvidbots has this week announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Macnica, supplier of speciality technology products in Japan and worldwide. Macnica will distribute Neo self-driving floor scrubber across Japan to customers challenged by the largest labour shortage in the country in over 40 years.

Ecoppia robotic solar panel cleaning systems provide water-free solution at massive plant

* Ecoppia-robotic.jpgEcoppia, the developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced this week the completion of deployment of hundreds of its automated systems in the 2,255MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, in a site developed by Engie Solar India.

Second ISSA UK/IE Networking & Education Event

* ISSA-UK_IE-event.jpgISSA members and their guests gathered at the second ISSA UK/IE Member Networking & Education Event in London, to gain insights into the latest drivers impacting the industry and enjoy the opportunity to business network with fellow industry professionals. ISSA member Amazon EU, hosted the event at its new headquarters in Shoreditch.

Cole & Wilson strengthens its position in Christeyns UK group

* Cole_Wilson.jpgFollowing continued success with its 'gentle care' washing and dry-cleaning chemicals, Cole & Wilson is set for further growth as parent company Christeyns UK bolsters its professional hygiene and chemistry divisions.

Headquartered in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, Cole & Wilson manufactures specialist laundry chemicals for use in high street dry cleaners and launderers, producing products that are kinder to the environment as well as gentler on delicate fabrics.

Jangro enhances floorcare education

* Jangro-floorcare.jpgJangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently enhanced its floorcare education to help cleaning operatives achieve impeccably clean and flawless-looking floors, with the introduction of a new Floor Pad Guide.

Available to download from the Jangro website, the guide is designed to help choose the correct pad for the floor type and the required job - whether that is stripping, cleaning or polishing - and includes a handy colour-coding system for easy identification.

Bunzl Canada partners with IoT developer Visionstate on latest technology product

* Bunzl-Canada-partners.jpgBunzl Canada has this week announced its exclusive agreement with Visionstate to distribute its Internet of Things-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext. This is the second next-generation technology partnership announcement in recent months by Bunzl, following on from its introduction of an exclusive electrostatic disinfecting technology.

Dishing the dirt - the numbers behind cleaning South Western Railway trains

* SW-Trains.jpgIn the first 100 days of its new franchise, South Western Railway delivered on a key pledge to deep-clean every train across the network. This involved 15,188 hours of elbow grease across six different train depots by 45 members of staff.

Now SWR has committed to deep-cleaning trains every 30 days, on top of the routine daily tidy.

Former CEO Ernie Rosenberg receives ACI Chairman's Award

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Ernie Rosenberg, who served as the American Cleaning Institute's president & CEO for 17 years, is the recipient of the special ACI Chairman's Award, recognising his outstanding leadership of the Association for the cleaning product supply chain. He was honoured during the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

Longtime Sasol executive Tom O'Brien receives ACI Distinguished Service Award

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Tom O'Brien, a leader with more than three decades of experience in the chemical and cleaning product supply chains - including many years with Sasol - is the 2018 recipient of the ACI Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

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Recent UK News

CMA investigates Rentokil Initial / Cannon Hygiene merger

The Competition & Markets Authority is investigating the completed acquisition on New Year's Day of Cannon Hygiene by Rentokil Initial. An initial enforcement order has been issued to Rentokil Initial under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002, which covers the consequences of mergers in terms of the potential, substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for goods or services.

Manchester Cleaning Show to focus on future of cleaning and wider FM issues

The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.

New recycling service leads to impressive improvements

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Scotland's Lanarkshire Council has thanked residents for their efforts to improve recycling, following the introduction of a new waste and recycling service in October.

If you do one thing this year...

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... Don't miss the Manchester Cleaning Show - 11-12 April, Event City, Manchester. Now in its second edition after an incredible launch event which was considered so important that it featured on BBC Breakfast in 2016, this regional show has grown tremendously.

With 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations, discounts and advice, the thousands of visitors expected to attend will also be able to enjoy event highlights including a fantastic line-up of speakers giving advice on future-proofing your business, recruitment, health & safety and creating business growth.

WAMITAB new role of training & assessment manager

The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has announced the appointment of Karen Slade to the newly created role of training & assessment manager with the responsibility of developingnthe organisation's plans to seek approval to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.

App launch aims to improve industry standards

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HSG UK has launched what it believes is the UK's first fully integrated management tool and review app to help venues and washroom services providers address issues and raise standards.

HSG UK in Derby, has developed the Cleen App which is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

2018 Loo of the Year Awards launched

Many businesses pride themselves on the cleaning standards of the buildings they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The washroom is the most frequent place visited by most building users and first impressions count. High standards must be achieved consistently if the organisation's and/or the associated cleaning or facilities management company's reputation is to be maintained. So how do service providers know how to compare their results with their competitors and how do they gain recognition?

Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards offers a way of receiving an independent assessment of 'away from home' toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on 'the washroom standard' for the UK.

Home Office: Investigation into the Disclosure and Barring Service

An investigation is being held into the progress made by an initiative designed to modernise the Disclosure & Barring Service, which provides services that help employers check people's backgrounds against police databases such as criminal records and government lists of those considered unsuitable to work with or in the vicinity of children vulnerable adults.

This service is widely used by organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, such as schools and care homes, to check prospective employees, volunteers and those involved in cleaning the buildings.

New appointment as Cromwell Polythene continues to grow business

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Cromwell Polythene - one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables - has appointed a new business development manager for London and the south east of England. Darren Kitchiner, who has worked in the plastic industry for 27 years, is tasked with expanding Cromwell Polythene's sales in both the janitorial and local authority markets, alongside building relationships with existing customers in the region.

Sanitaryware Supplies Company secures exclusive UK distribution of Grate Seal range

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Sanitaryware Supplies Company (SSC) has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights of the groundbreaking Grate Seal drainage solution range - originally brought to international market by the environmentally-conscious Australian firm Gentec.

The self-fitting seals can be retrofitted to any existing floor drains, providing odour prevention and 'pest-proofing', making it ideal for a commercial kitchen environment. It is both easy to install and can be fitted to new and existing facilities.


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David Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.

Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

Lynx eyes national growth through Alex Reid Partnership

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Essex based dry cleaning and laundry supplies specialist, Lynx, has entered a partnership with Alex Reid to become what is believed to be the UK's leading provider of consumables and cleaning chemicals to laundry and dry cleaning customers nationwide.

Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.

SmartTask celebrates record year with significant growth in cleaning sector

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The rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally.

In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.

Two cleaning contract wins for Enfield Norse

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Enfield Norse is celebrating two new cleaning contract wins: a new £10 million, purpose-built school in Enfield and a 660-pupil primary school.

Confined space entry cleaning - it's routine for some!

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Confined entry cleaning wouldn't be everybody's 'cup of tea' but at Blackburn, Lancashire-based Symclean it's just another part of industrial & commercial cleaning work that its operatives are happy to undertake across the UK.

Ricky Smith takes on new role at ICE

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Congratulations to Ricky Smith who has started a new role as managing director corporate accounts at Southampton-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Ricky was previously strategic development director with the company - a position he held for almost five years.

Big Belly bins ravenous for Romford's rubbish

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Havering Council has installed eight new hi-tech bins in a bid to reduce litter in Romford Town Centre.

The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.

Events & Exhibitions

The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event

Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
The Netherlands


ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018
International Convention Centre Sydney


Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Loo of the Year Awards
7th December 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull


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