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Sun shines on beautiful Amsterdam in time for Interclean's opening

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Those of us in the know say that the mark of a good exhibition is its ability to get the crowds through the doors when it's warm and sunny outside... Well, as our pictures show, Interclean is - as usual - a winner. We don't as yet have exact visitor numbers for the first couple of days, but the show is definitely very busy.

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Not missing a trick though, the organisers have opened up a new hall which fronts a refreshment area next to one of the canals. And with 13 halls full of stands, refreshments are definitely needed... Absolutely idyllic - even if there is work to do!

Kärcher wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2018

Interclean Amsterdam, the world's leading tradeshow for cleaning professionals, opened with the announcement that Kärcher, with its Kira B50 autonomous cleaning machine, had beaten 88 entries to win the winner Amsterdam Innovation Award. The machine boasts a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry and overcomes some of the obstacles of similar machines.

Tork Paper Circle from Essity wins Visitor's Choice Award

The visitor's choice prize is awarded to the nominee voted as the most innovative by Interclean Amsterdam visitors. With 39% percent of the votes, Tork Paper Circle from Essity is the winner of the Visitor's Choice Award 2018.

Cleanovate - future engineering by Hako

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The future of cleaning technology lies not in ever-higher area performances alone. Sustainable, eco-friendly solutions and comfort-enhancing features which increase the operator's efficiency, are important key factors too, as are digital services providing more transparency and shorter response times. Hako's stand is showcasing a wide range of impressive pioneering solutions which, already today, are contributing to the shaping of tomorrow's world of cleaning technology.

OspreyDeepclean: introducing innovation

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Established in 1995 and in 1999 introducing a major innovation into the market - GumBusters chewing gum removal technology (still in use all around the world today), professional and industrial dry steam cleaning equipment manufacturer OspreyDeepclean has continued to spearhead the industry with innovatively designed, cutting edge technology.

Inspecting the goods at Ecolab

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An exhibition provides a great way of learning more about a company's products, and when it comes to chemicals, properties such as viscosity and odour will naturally play their part in how they're received by the cleaning teams that are going to have to work with them.

Introducing Myriad, Brightwell Dispensers' new soap and paper dispenser range

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The team on the Brightwell Dispensers' stand told us they were excited to be showcasing Myriad - its new versatile soap and paper dispenser range.

Parts and accessories for scrubbers and sweepers, available globally

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TVH - a leader in the international material handling industry, focuses on the distribution of spare parts and accessories for material handling, aerial platforms, port equipment and in-plant industrial vehicles.

It is also leading in the distribution of used forklift trucks, aerial platforms, telehandlers and other internal handling equipment.

Proandre on lookout for new distributors across the globe

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Spanish manufacturer of hygiene systems for the washroom and accessories for the pest control business, Proandre, was on the lookout at Interclean for new agents/distributors.

TomCat's new scrubbers are easy to operate and have a wealth of features

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TomCat's new EX 29 - 34" scrubbers are attracting attention and one of their key benefits is that they require little training to be able to operate them successfully. For example, the machine control panel uses off-the-shelf toggle and marine duty switches featuring universal icons which simplifies training, and the squeegee adjustments have been made simple with tool-less maintenance of the squeegee blade.

Award-winning battery vacuum takes cordless cleaning further

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The commercial cleaning sector's first cordless upright vacuum returned to Interclean with a new feature for clients seeking the ultimate in daytime cleaning freedom. Gliding smoothly between carpets and hard floors and no need to plug and unplug, the Valet Battery Upright made the daily vacuuming routine easier than ever.

ISSA and Afidamp FAB create jointly owned global platform for the cleaning industry

ISSA and Italian trade association for cleaning industry manufacturers, Afidamp FAB, have announced a new partnership focused on jointly developing and executing go-to-market opportunities for their members and the industry at-large, on a global scale.

Enhancing detergent performance in low temperature washing

Research that explores new ways for laundry detergents to improve their cleaning performance in lower wash temperatures has been honoured with the American Cleaning Institute Distinguished Paper Award, recognising the most outstanding research to appear in 2017 in the Journal of Surfactants & Detergents.

Allure: where appearance and microfibre cleaning come together

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The new Wecoline Allure microfibre concept is said to benefit from the optimal combination of cleaning with the best microfibre materials and a professional appearance. The materials in this new Allure line all come in anthracite and are in the trusted premium quality. "As a result," says the company, "the professional's complete equipment is at the same time the cleaning company's business card".

Registration opens for IICRC's third-annual technical conference

Early bird registration is now open for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification's third-annual technical conference, which this year has the theme 'Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup'. Featuring a suite of expert speakers in the field of trauma and crime scene cleanup, the Las Vegas conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in this niche field.

Italian startup determined to solve indoor air pollution problem with plants

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Italian startup Clairy continues to raise funds for its second successful Kickstarter campaign for the smart indoor air purifier Natede, which, in the first half that ends 1st June, has already hit €500,000.

Bunzl Canada's candidate wins Great Canadian Sales Competition

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Bunzl Canada has this week announced that its candidate was the winner of the annual Great Canadian Sales Competition in Toronto. The winner and runners up were announced at a gala evening attended by corporate sponsors and contest finalists.

Rentokil collaborates with Ministry of Health to increase food safety in Kuching

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Having identified food safety in supply chains as an area for improvement, the Ministry of Health of Sarawak, Malaysia, invited Rentokil Initial to share on how data can be used to improve pest management during the Internal Audit Seminar. This was the second occasion Rentokil had collaborated with MOH in 2018 and rendered its expertise on pest-related issues.

Self-cleaning surfaces create cleaner healthcare facilities and improve patient experience

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Cleanliness is a challenge for all facilities but especially so for healthcare establishments. Hospitals, physicians' offices, dental offices and surgery centres are under tremendous pressure to maintain a high level of cleanliness to help ensure the health of their patients.

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This Week's News

Interclean Amsterdam's Full Circle Exhibition reaffirms its position in the industry

* Interclean-Amsterdam-Healthcare.jpgThe 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has been the largest, most international exhibition yet, made up of busy days. The show attracted a record number of visitors, from more countries than ever before.

With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.

Standards increase economic growth and help companies access foreign markets

* Standards_Thomas.jpgA new study conducted in the Nordic countries shows that standards are associated with 28% of GDP growth. Companies benefit from standards the most by getting access to new foreign markets and ensuring the quality of their products. A vast majority of the respondents, 87%, consider that standardisation plays a key role in their future business plans.

Standardisation is a key to a well-functioning, economically prospering and sustainable society. It is also a way to increase economic growth. These conclusions can be made from the results of the new study ''The Influence of Standards on the Nordic Economies'.

Waste management 'biggest contributor' to UK environmental goods and services sector

* Waste-management-chart.jpgThe Office for National Statistics' newly-released statistical bulletin on the UK environmental goods and services sector - (EGSS): 2010 to 2015 - has revealed that the waste management sector is the largest contributor to EGSS.

It has also revealed that the renewable energy contribution to EGSS continues to grow while the recycling contribution is declining, and that the majority of EGSS exports are from waste management and recycling.

GDPR takes effect tomorrow: Truvox's David Overell shares his views...

* David_Truvox-GDPR.jpgTomorrow sees the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations - the EU law that supersedes the Data Protection Directive and which protects the personal data of everyone within the EU and the European Economic area and addresses the export of personal data outside of these areas. We spoke with David Overell, managing director of Truvox International, on how the new regulations are affecting his organisation.

Cintas free 'Got to Go' app identifies and rates clean public washrooms across US

* Cintas-Got-to-Go-app.jpgOf the more than 41.5 million people expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, 88% of them will travel by car. That's an increase of 4.7 million drivers over last year, which means more traffic on roads and more traffic in roadside washrooms.

To help Memorial Day vacationers in search of clean washrooms this weekend, Cintas is reminding travelers of its free mobile washroom-finder app, 'Got to Go', which allows users to find clean washrooms in their vicinity and enables them to rate the facilities based on cleanliness.

Nettuno announces loss of Giancarlo Fratus, CEO

* Giancarlo-Fratus.jpgIn a statement issued from Castelli Calepio on Wednesday, Francesca Fratus said:

"It is with deep sorrow that Nettuno announces the passing of Giancarlo Fratus, sales director and CEO of the company.

"His human and professional skills have made this company a solid and appreciated reality. For all of us it has been an honour to work with him.

Bin liners incorporated into CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Sacks

* Bin-liners_CHSA-Accreditation.jpgBuyers of plastic bin liners can now look for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Accreditation Scheme logo to be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. The Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks has been expanded to include these products.

"With members of the Accreditation Scheme consistently delivering near perfect conformance on label compliance and performance, the time was right to include a wider range of products in the Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Panel governing the CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks.

Dustcontrol and Speedy combine for Willmott Dixon in London landmark refurbishment

* Dustcontrol-Admiralty-Arch.jpgDustcontrol UK and Speedy Hire have combined their expertise to deliver dust extraction solutions for Willmott Dixon - one of the UK's leading construction firms.

The partnership centres on a Willmott Dixon project to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building (OAB) in Horseguards Parade, central London, an undertaking that will see the Grade II listed building transformed into a modern working environment.

Better decisions from better air

* Better-decisions-Mike-Watt.jpgIn the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin professed, "I am persuaded that no common air from outside is so unwholesome as the air inside a closed room that has been often breathed and not changed."

He appears to have been more than 250 years ahead of his time when it comes to poor indoor air quality, since this argument has been proven once again in a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.

Workers suffer life changing injuries every day from forklift truck accidents

* Fork-truck-injuries.jpgSome 1,300 UK employees are hospitalised each year with serious and life changing injuries after being involved in a forklift truck accident at work and this number is on the rise. In fact, recent accident statistics show that forklifts are the most dangerous form of workplace transport in the country, injuring more people than any other vehicle used within the workplace.

This year alone, several serious forklift truck accidents at work have been recorded and we're not even half way through 2018.

From one industry leader to another: MG Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies exclusive Greyland distributor for Ireland

* MG-Hygiene.jpgLeading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has MG Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies Ltd as its exclusive distributor for Ireland.

Dublin-based MG Hygiene is considered to be one of the leading suppliers of quality hygiene and catering products to the cleaning, catering and hospitality industries in Ireland, carrying global brands such as Robert Scott, 3M, Vileda, Taski, Tork, Prodifa, and Unger.

RPC bpi recycled products in recycling sponsorship challenge for Volvo Ocean Race

* Volvo-ocean-race-Ciszek.jpgEurope's biggest recycler of polythene is sponsoring the Cardiff stopover for the world-famous Volvo Ocean Race and will use the elite yachting event to highlight the creative and business potential of recycling plastic.

As a host city sponsor of the round-the-world yacht race, RPC bpi recycled products will work with Cardiff Council during a free two-week festival of fun in celebration of a race that has never before stopped in the capital city of Wales in its illustrious history of over 40 years. Thousands of people are expected to visit the dedicated site, called the Race Village, between 27th May and 10th June 2018.

New ETW SmartCycle biomethane plant in operation in France

* ETW-SmartCycle-France.jpgLast month, ETW Energietechnik installed its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France, and the facility has been in continuous operation ever since.

This compact model of the biogas treatment system ETW SmartCycle PSA, cann process 230 to 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour. Plant manufacturer Rytec is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.

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Congratulations to Vectair Systems; celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!

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As well as showcasing many impressive innovations, the company is welcoming stand visitors with a medley of hot waffles or crepes with a choice of topping, or sushi - depending upon the day and time they visit, and cocktails served up by the 'Shaker Boys' every evening.

Morclean looking for additional international distributors for its BinWash system...

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Morclean Director Peter Morley and the team from Morclean told us that one of their goals for the show is to meet up with potential new international distributors for the company's award-winning BinWash system.

Ecological cleaning products manufactured in the UK

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Bio-Productions showed innovative and environmentally sustainable products and revolutionary systems for the cleaning industry, such as Biological Urinal Blocks and Biological Washroom Cleaner that remove calcium.

Hand drying method can affect risk of microbial contamination in hospital settings

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The UK's Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching hospitals, is to present highlights at Interclean 2018 in Amsterdam next week, from his latest research study into washroom contamination. The research has shown that hand drying methods can affect therisk of microbial contamination in hospital settings.

Cleanology builds on new property services division

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Commercial cleaning expert Cleanology has launched a one-stop-shop property maintenance service to help building managers deal with emergencies and keep properties in top condition. The new service offers 24-hour call out for a range of problems including plumbing, drainage, air conditioning, building works and electrical issues. Cleanology can also provide locksmiths and make buildings safe in the event of broken glass.

Wet wipes: Water UK calls for us all to take responsibility

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Water UK, the representative body for water and sewerage providers in the UK, has issued a statement in response to recent adverse press regarding the content, use and disposal of wet wipes. Speaking on Tuesday, the organisation's director of corporate affairs, Rae Stewart, said:

"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.

Pants down for equality: Bathstore launches Looathon to promote bathroom equality

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Specialist bathroom retailer, Bathstore, is taking a stand on promoting bathroom equality by launching 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets.

Company fined for exposing employees to dust

A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.

Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.

Hotels saving big with biological wastewater treatment

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It may not be top of mind for hotel guests, but wastewater in hotels is serious business. With wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and public areas to consider, hotels need a solution that is affordable, easy to maintain and, most of all, effective. For many, environmental impact is also a significant consideration.

Guernsey to pilot 'pay as you throw' waste collection service next year

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In just under 18 months' time, Guernsey Council will become the first in the British Isles to start collecting waste on a 'pay as you throw' basis.

Collection arrangements for all island households will change from September this year, when new collections are introduced for food waste and glass recycling.

Not Just Cleaning learning how to work safely and effectively

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NJC continually strives to ensure that employees are not harmed by the work that they do and to achieve this, the company applies industry best practice wherever it exists. However, the risks presented by some activities are not always fully understood and Reach & Wash cleaning is one such activity.

Although Reach & Wash avoids working at height, and therefore the risk of falling, it does involve manual handling of long and unwieldy poles. While NJC applies safe practice, the true extent of the risks is not fully understood at present.

Salisbury group gets global award for outstanding innovation

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Salisbury Group, the national facilities management and maintenance company, has been named winner of the Outstanding Innovation category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards.

Hunt for CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Scholars begins

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2018 Undergraduate Scholars; at least two will be awarded this year.

The CHSA has further committed to awarding at least two new bursaries every year for the next five years. The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2018 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply.

When the London Science Museum's steam exhibits needed a clean...

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When managers at the London Science Museum in Kensington decided that the museums many steam exhibits needed a good regular clean, they came to the conclusion that the most appropriate method for this was steam cleaning.

After much deliberation, they decided on the Steam Clean Systems SC3000 Industrial Steam Cleaner as the best steam cleaner for their needs.

Anniversary milestone for cleaning company's star supervisor

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A star supervisor from Bio-Productions has reached a milestone achievement with the cleaning company this month.

'Pollen bomb' explosion affecting human and HVAC health

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With the misery of hayfever in full swing, John Grenville from ECEX asks: "Are your building's filtration systems equipped to deal with the season's 'pollen bomb' - a natural phenomenon that causes hay fever and has the potential to reduce the efficiency of plant such as air handling units, chillers and air conditioning equipment?

"Changes in the weather are behind this 'pollen bomb' caused by the simultaneous release from millions of birch, plane and oak trees," he explains.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018


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

ISSA North America
30th October 2018-1st November 2018
Dallas, Texas


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


ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019
Mexico City


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