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International News

CMS Berlin 2015 ends with outstanding results

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For Messe Berlin, CMS Berlin 2015 - Cleaning.Management.Services, was an all-round success, which witnessed record exhibitor numbers and visitor attendance, a fantastic atmosphere and outstanding business.

CMS Purus Awards winners 2015

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One of the highlights of the first day of CMS Berlin was the presentation of the CMS Purus Awards 2015 for outstanding design. This year the competition attracted 62 entries from over 40 exhibitors, of which 15 entries made it through to the final round of the two-stage selection process. Nilfisk, Vileda, SCA and Karcher were the winners.

New at CMS Berlin:

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Hako GmbH - Hall 1.2 / Stand 200: Scrubmaster B75 R ride-on scrubber-cleaner 'agile and easy to use'

New at CMS Berlin:

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Pancomp International Oy - Hall 3.2 / Stand 111: Smartphone app for tracking work times

Finnish company Pancomp International provides innovative mobile time and workflow management solutions as well as quality assurance systems for companies engaged in building cleaning and other services.

New at CMS Berlin:

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Papernet S.p.A. - Hall 3.2, Stand 110 - Dissolve tech towels: tear-resistant, absorbent and water-soluble

New at CMS Berlin

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MP hygiene - Hall 4.2, Stand 124 - Ultra-resistant paper towels and a quiet dispensing mechanism

Made in France by first-time CMS Berlin exhibitor MP hygiene, ultra-resistant DESL+ paper towels are very strong, both when wet and also when dry. They are said to be 30% more absorbent than other types of paper towel and also more economical, using 20% less material.

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The majority of people living in England will have been aware for some time, that from this October, new legislation would require us – in most cases – to pay five pence for the single-use plastic bags we used to be given for free with our shopping. Some of us have used that time to get into the habit of taking our own bags out with us when we shop; others, judging by the figures, have used the time to stockpile as many bags as they could, to avoid paying for them when the legislation kicked in!

I’ve been supplying my own bags for years but I still sometimes get caught out when, having popped into a shop for just a couple of items, I end up impulse buying and thus need to temporarily ditch my shopping and run back to the car for my bags, rather than take those being offered and adding to the pile that’s been filling much of my boot for years.

If I can’t get it right after all these years, I realise it’s going to be difficult for novices, so I hope that those who do get caught out, pay for the bags with good grace. Marks & Spencer has been charging 5p for its bags for quite a while – and on the odd occasion I’ve had to buy one, having been tempted by too many extras while supposedly just picking up my lunchtime sandwich, it has pleased me that the money has gone to charity rather than into the company’s coffers. Just imagine how much could be raised for good causes if all other stores do the same!

There have been quite a few references to the new charges on social media, with some protestors posting pictures of themselves driving home with the store’s baskets that they’ve taken to avoid having to pay for a bag, and others arguing that plastic bags are more environmentally friendly than the reusable bags that will require regular washing. I know having to supply your own bags or pay for the plastic can be a bit of a pain but when you consider the eyesore plastic bags create when stuck in trees or hedges, or blowing about in the wind, and the problems they cause to wildlife and the environment generally, surely it’s worth the effort?

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This Week's News

Brightwell Dispensers launches new EcoMulti chemical dilution system

* ECOMULTI-with-bottle-bracket.jpgBuilding on the success of the popular Eco range of chemical dilution systems, Brightwell Dispensers has expanded its product offering and developed EcoMulti, which offers a cost-effective way of diluting multiple chemicals from one dispenser.

“We recognised the emerging demand for dispensing solutions that can dilute multiple chemicals from the same system,” comments Matthew Dwelly, general manager of Brightwell Dispensers.

Chicopee develops new system for tailor-made cleaning

* AVINTIV_Nonwovens.jpgSpeciality cleaning wipes expert Chicopee, has developed a new dispensing system which allows users to create tailor-made, single-use wet wipes.

New research reveals incorrect cleaning 'the major cause' of lack of legal floor compliance in wet leisure environments

* Bonar-Pendulum.jpgA study of hundreds of leisure facilities by Bonasystems, the provider of specialist floor care products and services, has revealed that four-fifths (79%) of 'wet leisure' floor surfaces were not up to Health & Safety Executive standards used to prevent slips and trips and that incorrect cleaning - rather than floor specification - was a major cause of non-compliance.

Want to do business in the Middle East?

* CMEP.jpgAfidamp Servizi tells us that there are just a few stands remaining for Clean Middle East Pulire 2015, which is taking place from 2nd - 4th November at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, along with two pilot events - Gulf Laundrex & Linen Care and Gulf Car Wash & Car Care.

Registration now open for 2016 WFBSC congress in Tokyo

* Takao-Ichinohe.jpgRegistration is now open for the 21st Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors, which is being held from 4th - 7th April 2016, at the Tokyo International Forum.

"The theme of the congress is, 'Building Service Contractors: Services to create rich life' and we will examine and discuss the value of the building service industry," says Takao Ichinohe, president of the WFBSC and the Japan Building Maintenance Association (pictured).

Early accolade for latest addition to Hako range

* Hako-accolade.jpgThe latest addition to Hako's impressive line-up of sweepers has marked its UK debut by receiving a prestigious European accolade.

The Citymaster 1600, seen at last week's RWM Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, has been certified and recommended by Germany's Aktion Gesunder Rucken (Campaign for Healthy Backs) and the Association of German Back Therapy Centres.

New escalator cleaning system launched

* Ren-busy-stand.jpgThe REN escalator cleaning system is a low cost, one-person operational device that can clean an escalator in as little as five minutes. The system does not require power as it utilises the escalator's propulsion to generate the cleaning action. Launched last month at the Thai Clean Expo, it made a big impact with visitors.

Lanes engineers win seal of approval from wildlife attraction

* Lanes-Group-seal.jpgLanes Group drainage engineers have cleaned a seal enclosure at an aquarium while being watched by those who have had a vested interest in the quality of their work - the seals themselves.

The seals remained in their Seal Cove home at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, while the team based at the Lanes depot in Newcastle carried out their work.

Twinkle Clean harnesses online technology and passes savings onto customers

* Twinkle-clean.jpgTwinkle Clean's new online booking system for end of tenancy cleaning in London is proving its worth, according to the company's founder, Robert Garritano, who says: "Our customers love it. We've been able to make savings on administrative costs and pass these savings on to our customers. It's taken our office staff some getting used to though as the phone doesn't ring as much now!"

CHSA's sell out Golf Day raises £5,500 for charity

* CHSA-golf-day.jpgOne of the highlights of the calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day - held at Rudding Park in North Yorkshire - was a 'sell out', raising over £5,500 for the Chairman's charity, The Helping Treat Cancer Together Committee.

21 teams took to the course, each supported with a professional from the Yorkshire PGA.

New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans Extend ABM's contract as Official Cleaning Partner

* saints-ground.jpgABM has announced an extension of its contract as the official cleaning services partner for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (pictured), the home of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints.

In addition, ABM's contract as the official cleaning services partner of Smoothie King Center, the home of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New Orleans Pelicans, was also extended. SMG, a leading worldwide venue management group, manages operations at each venue.

How clean is your computer?

* Clean-me-computer.jpgDid you know that the average desktop has around 150 times more bacteria than your kitchen table? It's a horrible thought and with many of us now eating 'al desko' we need to remember to keep them clean.

Ten years ago, Durable UK launched its annual Computer Cleaning Month to highlight the importance of keeping the personal office environment free from bacteria and, during October, the company will once again be opening your eyes to the germs that lurk in your computer equipment.

NEHAWU union backs UCT cleaning staff in outsourcing dispute

* eyewitnessnews.jpgDozens of protesters have gathered at the University of Cape Town this week to show their support for cleaning staff whose work is outsourced - apparently to the cleaners' detriment.

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Recent UK News

Margins remain under pressure in the UK contract cleaning market

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The market for contract cleaning services in the UK has seen low level growth over the past two years and is now worth around £5.5 billion.

Though the market was affected by the economic downturn, it has benefited from increased standards in cleanliness demanded by key areas such as health and food hygiene.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust takes cleaning back in house

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Our friends at Duplex have alerted us to a story in the Mid Sussex Times which describes how cleaning and housekeeping is now being managed by a hospital trust after the £15m contract with Sodexo ended - and looking at the picture it's easy to see why!

Morclean on the way to green glory

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Morclean has once again won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities - for its award winning BinWash City machine.

Major brands support new Manchester event

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As revealed in Cleanzine some months ago, April 2016 will see the launch of the new Manchester Cleaning Show - a regional spin-off trade event within the Cleaning Show portfolio. What we didn't know at that stage was whether it would win the support of the UK cleaning industry, but we're happy to report that things are looking positive...

Loo of the Year Awards welcomes increased public toilet entries

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The 2015 Loo of the Year Awards inspections and grading has now been completed and despite the overall decline in public toilets throughout the UK, public toilet entries in the 2015 Loo of the Year awards increased by 28% compared to 2014, reports Awards managing director Mike Bone.

Prochem Europe: a real star!

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I live in what I often describe as a 'falling down house' and there is almost always building work of some sort or another going on and a consequence of that is the inevitable brick dust as well as the dirt and debris walked into the carpets on builders' boots.

Soapbox: Same road, different rules: what fleet drivers should know...

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By Andrew Hogsden, senior manager, Strategic Fleet Consultancy, Lex Autolease

Do you and/or your fleet drivers know the speed limit for lorries on a single carriageway in a non-built-up area of the UK? It appears that 81% of drivers don't and it could be fuelling frustration on the road, according to a study by AA Drive Tech.

Lack of loos hikes up cleaning costs

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Truckers' Toilets UK Campaign's Gillian Kemp has alerted us to an item in the Express & Star, which describes how Stafford's Street Scene team has to clean up Prime Point Business Park off the A34 several times a week - a task that is adding over £7,000 to annual costs - simply because there aren't any toilet facilities.

British Institute of Cleaning Science recognises industry achievers at glittering awards dinner

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It was an evening of entertainment, networking and first-class cuisine, as over 200 guests gathered at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham for the BICSc Annual Awards.

The black-tie event attracted cleaning and facilities management professionals from across the industry who enjoyed a memorable evening, which saw 11 awards presented to those who had maintained exceptionally high standards via training and assessment throughout the year.

New UV System offers advanced reporting and powerful performance against infections

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Clorox Healthcare, in partnership with Ultraviolet Devices - a leader in ultraviolet technology, announced the introduction of the Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Enlight System at the Association for the Healthcare Environment annual conference.

BCC members receive dividend after successful Cleaning Show

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A portion of the funds raised through this year's Cleaning Show have been distributed amongst BCC members as a bonus for helping to make the move to London such a huge success.

The 'family friendly' cleaning event - a big hit again this year!

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On September 12th the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA) held its fifth Carpet Cleaners Carnival at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Hako strengthens its presence in key region

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A leading supplier of cleaning equipment has strengthened its presence in the North East of England after delivering 10 new sweepers to one of the region's largest local authorities. Newcastle City Council has now taken delivery of 10 Citymaster 600s after Hako won a competitive tender to replace a fleet of machines that had reached the end of their effective working life.

Contract Cleaning Market Report - UK 2015 - 2019 Analysis

The UK market for non-domestic cleaning products, including equipment, materials and chemicals, has been largely flat in recent years and only modest growth is forecast for the 2015 - 2019 period, notes a new report into the UK contract cleaning market, which acknowledges that key trends in this sector include; increasing development of antibacterial products (in particular in the healthcare, food preparation and hospitality sectors), growth in the powered cleaning machine sector, greater focus on improving efficiency and increased automation of cleaning processes, and the increase in daytime cleaning. 

Minster Cleaning Services helps Southport Medical Centre to CQC inspection success

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Minster Cleaning Services Lancashire has achieved more great feedback from a medical centre cleaning contract following the centre's first Care Quality Commission inspection.

Recycling firm sentenced over safety failing after death of father of six

A waste recycling firm has been sentenced after admitting safety failings related to a worker being killed at its premises in Batley, during a hearing in which the Court was told that that safety failings were systemic, with management failing to ensure that longstanding actions from risk assessments were implemented or that safe working practices for clearing blockages were put in place.

Events & Exhibitions

Clean Buildings Expo
11-12th August 2020
Baltimore, USA

China Clean Expo 2020
12-14th August 2020
Expo Clean for Commercial Properties and Hotels


Manchester Cleaning Show
15-16th September 2020


Budapest Cleaning Show
14-15th October 2020


3-6th November 2020
New Autumn dates


Loo of the Year Awards
4th December 2020
+ Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards
Solihull, W Mids, UK


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