* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th December 2016 Issue no. 751

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Kimberly-Clark appoints new president & COO; adds international leaders to senior team

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has announced that Michael D. Hsu, currently group president North American Consumer Products, is to take up the role of president and chief operating officer and will join K-C's board of directors, effective 1st January, 2017.

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New sales team see window of opportunity at Cleanology

To support its rapid growth and expansion plans, London based commercial cleaning business Cleanology has appointed new talent to create an all-new sales & marketing team which has already delivered a significant haul of new contract wins to the value of £400K.

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2018 to take up 12 halls and include new Laundry and Waste Management sections

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Reinforcing its position as the world's biggest and most popular event for the professional cleaning industry, the next ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam exhibition in 2018 will occupy 12 halls of the RAI Amsterdam for the first time.

French FM market to reach US$110.42bn in value by 2024, says TMR

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According to a new research report published by TMR, the opportunity in the market for facilities management in France, which stood at US$48.02bn in 2015, is likely to expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.80% during the period from 2016 to 2024 and reach a whopping sum of US$110.4bn by the end of the period for forecast.

Stay well this winter - A helping hand from Gojo

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Mike Sullivan, managing director of Gojo Industries-Europe, writes...

"Everyday hand washing is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infection. The winter months traditionally see an increase in viral illnesses - from the common cold and influenza, to norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, these highly contagious viruses are unpleasant to say the least and in worse case scenarios can be quite debilitating.

Cannon Hygiene Canada announces name change

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Cannon Hygiene Canada announced yesterday that it will begin operating under its new name 'Citron Hygiene', effective immediately. Citron Hygiene replaces the former 'Cannon Services'. The new company - which also announced its acquisition of food service hygiene provider, Sani Service - will continue to provide world-class washroom hygiene, chemical solutions, pest control and life safety products for a growing number of commercial facilities.

How do you define success in your restoration business?

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By Phillip Rosebrook, Jr, Certified Restorer, President, Business Mentors, and Restoration Training Online

Twenty-nine countries join forces to prevent healthcare associated infectious diseases

Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments. The beneficial aspects of the application of such coatings will be assessed in the context of potential environmental adverse effects, as well as development of bacterial resistance.

Savlon India introduces low cost innovation for hand hygiene

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On Children's Day, ITC's leading hygiene brand, Savlon India, unveiled its Hygiene & Health programme - Savlon Swasth India Mission. The programme is designed to encourage behavioural change towards washing hands amongst children through various engaging and entertaining educational initiatives in schools. And this one's REALLY clever.

Dwyer Group acquires Window Genie

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The Dwyer Group, one of the world's largest parent companies of trade service brands, (think Molly Maid, Drain Doctor and Rainbow International, amongst others) has completed the acquisition of Window Genie, a nationally ranked home service franchise.

Bunzl branches out further into Europe

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Yesterday, Bunzl announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two further businesses in Denmark and France.

Europe looks to Scotland in fight against food waste

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The household food thrown out by Scots each year would be enough to make 800 million meals - enough to feed everyone in Scotland three times a day for 50 days. Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Scots to act now and put an end to unnecessary food waste, which also costs households £1 billion a year.

iVo launches EleVac 'super quiet' cordless backpack HEPA vacuum

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The new iVo EleVac BackPack vacuum runs very quietly and also boasts full HEPA filtration. It has a powerful vacuum and is available in both lithium battery and mains versions.

Kimberly-Clark renews commitment to help solve global sanitation crisis

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This November 19th, on World Toilet Day, Kimberly-Clark renewed its commitment to its Toilets Change Lives programme - a multi-national commercial programme that leverages the power of its well-known brands to educate consumers and help solve the global sanitation crisis.

Polishing up for a shinier floor

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Sebo experts in the UK discuss how to get the best results from your floor cleaning equipment...

New robotic system to tackle toilet cleaning tasks

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For the past couple of years, Israeli-based entrepreneurs David Alush and Daniel Tokarev have been researching the history and methods of toilet cleaning. They tell us they were amazed to discover that for the past 90 years the manual toilet brush has been the cleaning technique used for what can be the filthiest place in the workplace and other away-from-home facilities as well as the home.

Deb launches new website

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Skincare solutions expert Deb has launched a new website. It brings together all elements of the group's fight against occupational skin disorders and the spread of infections - which is in line with its mission to 'Make Hands Matter in the Workplace'.

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Many of us in the cleaning industry will have seen those we're talking to try and suppress a laugh when we tell them what we do, since they don't see cleaning as being of any importance. A useful retort to anyone making a comment about it is: "Imagine what will very quickly happen to our surroundings if the cleaners go on strike?" This Getty picture, courtesy of Spanish publication El Pais, proves the point!

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It shows the Spanish city of Barcelona's El Prat Airport, which handles around 40 million passengers a year, some five days after cleaners downed tools earlier this month in protest over changes to work schedules and holidays. I understand that it is now clean and litter-free but that since cleaning staff are planning another strike in the immediate run-up to Christmas - unless they can resolve their dispute with their employer, Valoriza, and the airport operator, Aeno, in the meantime - this is exactly the scenario that may greet you if you're using the airport over that time.

My first thought was that nothing like this amount of rubbish should have been allowed to build up. None of us should be leaving litter about anyway, but if you're inclined to do something like that, surely knowing the cleaners are on strike should prompt a change in behaviour? And weren't any of the airport's other staff inclined to step in and at least make the area safe - or didn't rules and regulations allow them to?

El Pais has accused cleaners of having scattered what appears to be shredded newspaper, to add to the mess (and, perhaps, help prove a point!) but its reporters have also taken an interesting video clip showing lots of other rubbish, along with scenes proving that some travellers did indeed try to use the bins but that when these became too full, resorted to leaving their rubbish around the bin areas for later collection: www.ccaa.elpais.com

Scary eh? If you're travelling anywhere over the holidays - or at any time, I do hope you manage to avoid environments such as this - and remember... if you see a cleaner at work, a smile and a 'thank you' can go an awfully long way...

STOP PRESS: ISSA/Interclean 2018 show dates amendment

Shortly before broadcast last week we received a press release regarding ISSA/Interclean's expansion for 2018, and in sharing the news with you, also shared the incorrect dates we'd been given - sorry! The correct dates for this event are: 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th May and they are in our diary of important industry events near the bottom of the right-hand column of each issue of Cleanzine.

If you're organising an industry event and would like it included in our diary section, do please send us the details and we'll do our best to include the information. Also, do ensure that we're on your mailing lists for show updates and press information, so we can include regular editorial coverage too.

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This Week's News

Airport is overall Tork Loo of the Year Awards winner

* LOTY-winner.jpgGatwick Airport, the world's busiest single runway airport, was delighted be awarded the prestigious overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.

This is the first time in the Awards 29-year history that an airport has achieved this top award and was in recognition Gatwick being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its 13 entries which included toilets for all types of users including Changing Places toilets. Gatwick was also awarded the UK and Ireland Market Sector Award for Transport.

Global cleaning technology leader exposes cleaning habits in new 'Come Clean' Survey

With the holiday season officially upon us, millions of us will be preparing our homes to host friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to preparing meals, hanging decor and buying gifts, families will be putting away clutter and cleaning their homes before hosting guests and out-of-town visitors.

According to a new global survey conducted by YouGov Plc for Kärcher, Americans really take pride in their homes. The survey revealed that more than eight in 10 Americans (81%) feel it is important to keep their home clean, and 43% report cleaning their home regularly even if things do not appear dirty.

TC Facilities Management secures cleaning contract with online retailer

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The contract being delivered by a team from TCFM starts today - 8th December. It will provide cleaning services to a distribution centre responsible for its groceries deliveries in London.

Cashflow problems undermine four in 10 small UK firms

Four-in-10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance, the specialist lender of flexible working capital to SMEs. The figure rises to two-thirds (65%) among medium-sized firms with between 50 and 250 staff.

According to the study conducted among 500 small businesses owners, over the past two years one-in-seven (15%) are still suffering liquidity problems and 12% either came close to or became insolvent. Small businesses recognise the threat cashflow problems can pose; nearly three-quarters (71%) say it is the biggest risk they face.

Higiexpo 2017 "shaping up nicely"

* Hygiexpo-Brazil.jpgThe Brazilian Association for the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp), tells us that the 25th Higiexpo (Fair of Products & Services for Hygiene, Cleaning & Environmental Preservation) and also the 26th Higicon (International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market) are taking shape nicely.

The events will take place from August 8th to 10th, in the Yellow Pavilion of Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil.

Brightwell Dispensers continues to grow in Europe and is opening operations in Germany

* Brightwell-Germany.jpgBrightwell Dispensers, with its headquarters in the UK, is continuing its growth throughout Europe. The company is pleased to announce the official opening of its German office and distribution centre. Its newly created sister company (Brightwell Dispensers GmbH) is based in Heppenheim, near Frankfurt. From there, a dedicated team will serve German, Austrian and Swiss customers.

London Junk 'Waste Collection Experience Day' gift package: A truly unique gift!

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Forget tired old slippers, socks or cufflinks. And do you really think they will remember that book token or those pyjamas? In what we believe is a world first, London Junk tells us it is proud to offer a gift which will amaze and delight in equal measure....

Zero Heroes - how to tackle Birmingham's food mountain

* zero-heroes.jpgAlmost half of all waste placed in the City of Birmingham's household wheelie bins is food - that's the shock finding from new research carried out by Birmingham City Council.

A two-week survey of a sample of bins in May and June of this year revealed that 48% of waste within 'residual' (household/non-recyclables) bins was food.

Incentive FM wins contract with Taylor Wimpey Central London

Incentive FM has been awarded a 12-month rolling contract to provide a range of services at Taylor Wimpey Central London's new marketing suite in Piccadilly.

Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will be providing reception, hospitality, cleaning and postroom services to the company. A team of full time and part time staff will be operating five days a week to deliver high levels of cleanliness and quality hospitality care to prospective and existing clients of Taylor Wimpey.

Summit seeks new solutions to prevent HAIs

* Summit.jpgSeeking a new, industry-wide approach to help prevent healthcare-associated infections Crothall Healthcare is currently hosting its inaugural Infection Prevention Powerhouse Summit at its corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania, US.

The two-day event is featuring presentations by Crothall executives and several companies that provide products and innovative solutions that help mitigate the risk of HAIs.

New minimum wage rate for South African cleaners

South Africa's contract cleaning employees' minimum wages are to be increased from 1st December.

Cleaners in Area A (the City of Cape Town) Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay; and also local councils of Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch and Westonaria) will earn a minimum of R19.38 (£1.16) per hour - up from the R18.01 (£1.08) per hour minimum for 2015/2016.

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Recent UK News

FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

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The Food Standards Agency has this week published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2015/16.

TTUK spokesperson takes part in Ministerial Round Table

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Truckers' Toilets UK's Gill Kemp was one of three women and 35 men from various organisations who took part in a Ministerial Round Table recently, on roadside facilities.

Facilicom UK celebrates greater health and safety accreditation

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Facilicom UK has been certified to British Standard (BS) OHSAS 18001:2007 by SGS; a market leading UKAS accredited certification body. The award demonstrates the contractor's commitment to continually improving its health & safety performance, since the Standard is a framework for occupational health & safety management systems.

Window Clean UK will be expanding and rebranding soon

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After 15 years of successful trading - and as part of its expansion plans, Window Clean UK will be rebranding in 2017. And having invested into new areas of support services for its clients, it says that from next year, it will be able to provide a much larger range of specialist services.

Christeyns scores a hat-trick as it takes third industry award in a month

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Bradford-based laundry chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, is certainly raising the bar with its third industry award of the month. Part of the Christeyns group, based in Ghent, Belgium, it has been recognised for its continued work in the community, winning the Environment category at the 'Raising the Bar' awards, run by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, which celebrate and promote the good work that is done by countless businesses hoping to make a positive impact on their communities.

Mitie retains major contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

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Mitie's Clean Environments business has successfully been re-awarded its contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust to provide domestic cleaning services, waste collection, pest control and external window cleaning.

Bin it - no ifs or butts

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Thurrock Council in Kent tells us it wants residents to feel proud of their environment and that one of the ways to achieve this is to ensure that streets and neighbourhoods are clean, safe and litter-free.

"We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to those caught dropping litter - whether it's a small piece of chewing gum, a cigarette butt or drinks can," it warns.

Campaign group to protest against QMC hospital cleaning contractors with 12-foot rat

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Campaign group 'Keep Our NHS Public' is taking a 12-foot inflatable rat to a protest ahead of a meeting today, between Nottinghamshire's QMC and City hospitals Trust and the cleaning contractor, Carillion. The meeting is being held to discuss the future of the deal between the two and KONP says it will be protesting against the continuation of the deal - using a giant 12-foot inflatable rat to 'make the point as clearly as possible'.

Vax to close its commercial floorcare division

Vax has announced the closure of its commercial floorcare division, Vax Commercial, by the end of 2016. This means that all existing trading relationships will cease on 31st December 2016. The current sales team will remain in place to support this transitional period until 5th December 2016 and at this point no further orders will be accepted or processed.

Vax will, of course, continue to support its customers by honouring all aftersales service and warranty liabilities.

Vectair Systems crowned one of the world's greenest manufacturers for its V-Air Solid air freshener

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Following last year's success of being recognised as an 'International Green World Ambassador', Vectair Systems has now won a prestigious 'Green World Environment Award' in the international campaign to find the greenest countries, companies and communities.

CHSA backs CSSA Inaugural Awards

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has announced that it has signed up as a Champion of the inaugural Cleaning & Support Services Association Awards.

The CSSA Awards have been developed to recognise everything that shines within the UK cleaning sector - great products, great systems, great contractors and great individuals.

Health and safety at work statistics published for 2016

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The Health & Safety Executive's latest annual statistics have been published and show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.

How do you clean a plane?

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It's more than forgivable to go about your daily life with no consideration for how things that pass you by are cleaned or maintained. But what if cleaning unusual - and everyday objects - was a cool, more epic job than you once thought and in fact worth marvelling at?

Events & Exhibitions

Saudi Clean Expo
15-17th January 2017
The only dedicated cleaning event in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia


Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2017


Future of Surfactants Summit Europe
8-9th February 2017

2nd Edition


The London Cleaning Show
14-16th March 2017
After its inaugural success, The Cleaning Show opens its doors in London once more.

Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
9-10th May 2017


Pulire Verona
23-25th May 2017

CleantexPulire 2017
12-14th June 2017
South Africa


8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo


18-20th September 2017

Held simultaneously with CMS


19-22nd September 2017
Cleaning. Management.Services


ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017

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