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PGI Specialty Materials announced today that its subsidiary has reached an agreement to acquire Dounor SAS, a French manufacturer of materials used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.
NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.
Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.
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Ask any British child (who’s been taught some history) about our network of canals and the chances are they’ll be able to tell you that these waterways were designed to provide irrigation but then really came into their own during the Industrial Revolution when they enabled suppliers to move large quantities of goods around the country.
I can’t imagine the manufacturer involved in the production of this particular detergent ever expected to take its products to market via the canal but if it were me I’d be turning this week’s mishap to my advantage and using it in my marketing material…
Manchester’s Ashton Canal was turned into what may well be the world’s biggest bubble bath when water shot in by fire crews tackling a blaze at a nearby chemical plant mixed with detergents that were being stored there. When the residue drained into the canal, it formed a 6ft wall of foam that covered a 100ft stretch of the waterway.
I understand that the foam raised a few smiles from those needing to navigate it and luckily initial investigations by the Environment Agency reveal little impact on water quality and thus minimal danger to wildlife, which is really lucky.
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On a sad note, we report below, the loss of Colin Hasson, one of the industry’s favourites in this neck of the woods and probably well remembered by those who visited the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s stand at an international cleaning show during the nineties and early noughties. I’ve heard about Colin’s rise through the industry’s ranks more than once but without anything written down it would have been stupid to guess and I notice there’s very little on the BICSc page itself. It occurred to me that we should all perhaps have had something in place, much as the press does for royalty, statesmen and important celebrities and the like. That’s quite an accolade, isn’t it?
If you have any memories of Colin you’d like to share, do please email us and we’ll set aside a page on our website as a tribute to the lovely man.
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New research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, concludes that drying hands with single-use towels shows a lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination. This could help achieve more hygienic washroom settings.
The study, undertaken by microbiologist Keith Redway who has already presented top line findings at last year's HIS Conference in Lyon, looked at the potential for microbial contamination from hand-drying and the potential risks for airborne microbe dispersal, particularly if hand washing is sub optimal.
In 1970, Earth Day was originated to help save the environment from air and water pollution, but today, the celebration takes on a new meaning. Some 47% of Americans associate Earth Day with recycling, while only 23% associate it with cleaning up local parks or beaches - which most resembles the day's original purpose - according to a survey from ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks.
Recycling options have increased since the first Earth Day, and companies such as ecoATM are giving consumers an incentive to do so; ecoATM offers instant cash at the 1,890 kiosks across the US for cell phones, tablets and MP3 players.
Disabled toilet solution specialist and Loo of the Year Awards sponsor, Clos-o-Mat, has put together a Continuing Professional Development training course dedicated to hygiene rooms.
"Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reinforced his commitment to tackle the 'scourge of bin blight' by calling on the housing industry to provide more space for waste and recycling containers.
Is it because of the 'no nonsense' product naming that means there can be no confusion on the label as to what the contents do? Far simpler than trying to make sense of manufacturer product codes isn't it?
Or is it the great value for money that Greyland products offer? After all, with Greyland it doesn't cost much to clean an awful lot.
Prochem Europe is reporting a strong market response to upgrades to its Endeavor portable carpet and upholstery extractor shown at last month's Cleaning Show in London, with plaudits for increases in performance output from 150psi to 220psi and 500psi.
The Surrey-based cleaning technology specialist has uprated the Endeavor to a standard 220psi machine. Its Aquatec Smooth Flow DC motor pump has a pressure switch to prevent premature brush wear and incorporates an internal bypass to stop the pressure switch being damaged prematurely by the cycling effect when using a hand tool.
As the new Ambassador Sponsor of the 'Service Delivery Innovation of the Year', Award BPI will be associated with encouraging innovation in the delivery of cleaning services leading to improved customer satisfaction.
As a champion of UK recycling, BPI is the largest polythene film recycler in Europe, with scope and expertise to recycle in excess of 70,000 tonnes of plastic each year.
Rosemor International, as a leading escalator cleaning machine manufacturer, decided to exhibit at the French national cleaning show, Europropre, which was held in Paris recently. Rosemor was represented in Paris by the company’s official distributor in France - Alpes’hy.
The distribution agreement between the two companies came about as the result of Alpes’hy’s huge success in France promoting and selling the I-mop.
Omnova Solutions' new Mor-Glo Ultra G zinc-free polymer resin, is designed for the formulation of high-gloss floor care products. The resin features 'Twin-Linked' polymer technology to provide an extraordinarily strong chemical bond that meets the challenge of producing a durable high-gloss, dirt-resistant finish without zinc, facilitating compliance with strict environmental standards that continue to be adopted worldwide.
"As environmental consciousness and regulations continue to grow, organisations and institutions increasingly are eliminating use of zinc-based floor care products," says Rick Sandford, general manager of Omnova's global Coating Specialties business. "Mor-Glo Ultra G resin has been designed to make sure our floor care customers can support the market shift from zinc-base
Ghana's Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development has announced that it will be reintroducing sanitation inspectors to improve hygiene standards and ensure that people keep their local environment clean.
When they were in operation previously, the inspectors, known locally as 'nsama sama', used to go from house to house to ensure that people kept their homes and environments clean and they had powers to sanction whose standards were found to be lacking.
ISS Chile has been awarded an integrated facilities management contract by Codelco, for the world's largest copper producer's corporate headquarters in Santiago, with cleaning, security, maintenance, pest control, and support services adding 75 full-time employees.
ISS Chile currently offers security and cleaning services in several divisions within the company, employing 458 people.
With so many of us now linking our personal communications systems to those within our workplaces, it makes more sense than ever to ensure that our systems are secure.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggest that now is the perfect time for a ‘digital Spring Cleaning’ to coincide with the more traditional home and office annual cleaning and decluttering rituals and that we should add a digital element by updating security software, unclogging our inboxes and ridding our smartphones of unused apps.
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