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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.
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Driving out of Epsom hospital yesterday – a facility that serves the rapidly growing local population but which won’t be able to for much longer if many more housing estates go up, I was stopped by a group protesting against the hospital’s potential closure, together with that of its sister hospital in South West London. The plan is to replace them with an 800-bed ‘super-hospital’ on one of the sites or somewhere in between– something that has already happened with other UK hospitals over the past decade or so.
The threat of closure has been hanging over many UK hospitals for years, with the promise that they will be replaced by super-hospitals - all part of the previous government’s ‘better healthcare closer to home’ initiative.
News of this plan surfaced as a result of a BBC reporter overhearing and recording a conference call made on a commuter train, by management consultants following a meeting with the trust’s chief executive – which doesn’t inspire much confidence in the consultants’ decision-making abilities!
I don’t know how many £ millions have been spent on all the consultants employed to run the studies, but not one of the consultancies seems to be considering the rapidly growing population of these isles and the resultant heavy traffic, those ferrying around people whose lives are in the balance, will need to negotiate, on their way to a hospital sited many miles away from their home!
Nor will they, I’m sure, have considered the possibility of job cuts for local cleaners and the likelihood that the trusts or their cleaning contractors won’t be able to recruit sufficient numbers of cleaning staff to service these new super-hospitals, which can be an issue even with smaller hospitals!
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Following several years of lacklustre demand and sustained pressure on contract prices, the contract cleaning market experienced a return to more positive growth in 2014, with this strengthening in 2015 according to MTW's analysis of industry data. By the end of 2015, sales are expected to increase by almost £150 million, reflecting rising demand from a number of key end use sectors.
Determined to continue driving up standards in the cleaning industry, the Cleaning & Hygiene Supplier's Association has developed and is now launching the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Cotton Mops. Its purpose is to drive up standards in the manufacture, description and labelling of mops.
Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the CHSA Accreditation Schemes explains: "Buyers of cotton mops want to be able to quickly and easily buy the right mop for the job in hand. This new scheme will help them do exactly that, by defining and standardising long established terms at the same time as specifying specific mop sizes for particular applications."
In response to the increasing demand for stand space and the request for more networking space by the visitors and exhibitors, the organisers of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam have decided to add an extra hall to the floor plan, creating more possibilities for existing and new exhibitors.
Daytime cleaning is becoming a key focus for businesses that want to optimise their productivity, which is why the development of machines to assist with cleaning in occupied environments is high on Vax Commercial's agenda for 2015.
Here, Doug Berjer, Sales Director Eastern Region at CFR (continuous recycling extractors), shares his tips on ways to get the best out of your working day. Although the tips are aimed at carpet cleaners, they could be used by cleaners involved in other types of work...
"In the carpet cleaning industry, time is money. Charges are based on the amount of area cleaned so the faster a job can be completed, the more profitable it is. This is especially true in commercial carpet cleaning. The following should be taken into consideration before beginning a commercial carpet cleaning job, to help the job move along quickly and efficiently:
WiperFill, an innovative inline, under-bonnet vehicle system that converts rain water (or other liquids near the windscreen area) into wiper fluid or antifreeze, has announced that it received the US.Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) 9-millionth patent.
Designed to eliminate the need to manually refill the wiper fluid reservoir, WiperFill collects water at the base of the windscreen and directs it into its custom mixing device to produce clean, spot-free cleaning and antifreeze fluid.
Xenex Disinfection Services today announced that Clece, Spain's healthcare provider of cleaning, maintenance, catering and social services, has chosen Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots for room disinfection at hospitals in Spain and Portugal.
Clece has deployed Xenex robots at the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, where they will be used to supplement the hospital's cleaning and disinfection procedures. Clece will also implement Xenex robots at Ram-n y Cajal in Madrid.
The Mateco group was awarded the international title of 'Access Rental Company of the Year' last month in Washington. Mateco received this IAPA award thanks to the rising turnover figures and the considerable investments in the rental fleet, the network of branches and the safety training courses of the past year.
Armin Rappen, Mateco's manager, and Pascal Vanhalst, CEO at TVH Group, accepted the prize on behalf of the 500-plus Mateco employees.
Hope you and yours are well.
Very sorry indeed to read of the passing of dear Colin. Truly one of the industry's great characters. His contribution over a very long time was immense.
The world's leading event series on tissue, takes place for the first time in South America next month. From 20th - 22nd May, delegates will gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the Transamerica Expo Centre, to network and to listen to a line-up of outstanding international speakers, including:
* Thiago Lofiego, director at Bank of America - Merrill Lynch Equity Research. Heading the Latin America Pulp & Paper and Metals & Mining teams, he will present a study on global pulp market and supply/demand trends. Mr. Lofiego is #1 ranked in the Institutional Investor Research Ranking for the last two years.
The Company has agreed to acquire Istanbul Ticaret Hirdavat Sanayi and its related company Istanbul Ticaret Is Guvenligi ve Endustriyel Urunler Sanayi.
Total Fitness is one of the UK's dynamic health club chains with 17 sites. Its fully equipped gyms and range of fitness suites attract 85,000+ members spanning all ages and abilities.
Operations manager Shaun Wall from Incentive FM created and ran the event with centre manager Pieter Strombeck from JLL, and both undertook the challenge.
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Having visited the Cleaning Show at its new location at Excel I felt that I must write to congratulate everyone on a good job well done.
The industry wondered if the move back down to London was the right move.
The location couldn't be faulted. The venue itself is fresh and modern with the expected levels of support services.
Entering its 26th year, the 2015 Clean Britain Scheme was launched at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford last week by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Hi Jan, Thanks for making those amendments to the article*, we've had statistics from The Cleaning Show who sent out the original email and they had over 5000 clicks on the link, with only 500 of them coming from their email, so potentially 4500 came from The Cleanzine which is great news.
I know that initially the link in the email didn't work so I just wondered if you had feedback from people who said they couldn't access it. If so, would you consider running the story again in the next edition of The Cleanzine? We can always provide new copy to keep the story fresh.
The latest profit report from Plimsoll Publishing has looked at the UK's Top 942 commercial cleaning firms and assessed each on their profitability and financial health.
The just-published report found that, despite average margins up on last year, 34% of commercial cleaning firms are recording a loss. However, some companies are seeing impressive sales increases.
Don't worry if you missed the Address, which was delivered by Paul Castle, solutions director of Mitie's cleaning business and Peter Smith, practice leader of the Marketing Doctors, because Mitie has created a whitepaper that outlines its vision of the future of the industry and how it will affect you over the next five years.
Whether you're a supplier, provider or end-user, this paper explains Mitie's view of the future and how you can stay ahead of the game.