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The dust has settled on the Amsterdam Rai and all the ISSA/Interclean exhibition stand paraphernalia will have been packed away and shipped out, while those who had to oversee the breakdown will have moved on to another event in a different part of the world (since some appear to spend their lives moving from one cleaning show or the like, to another).
The Amsterdam event has got so big that stand staff will only have seen a fraction of it, while those who were there to walk, visit and discover, are no doubt regretting the fact that they didn’t get to see everyone and everything they had planned to, as John and I are. Some we met in the aisles on the final afternoon had not been aware that there were other halls to visit – they thought they’d covered everything. But by then it was too late.
There’s always 2018 though…
As usual, the show was a resounding success. When you consider its sheer scale, the fact that the organisers managed to issue a closing statement detailing visitor numbers and countries of origin before most of us had even arrived at the airport for our trips home, is testament to the hard work and professionalism of the Dutch. They deserve to be congratulated.
Cleaning shows all seem to have a hotly-contested Innovation Awards programme and these tend to involve a lot of hard work on the part of the entrants (and sometimes an entry fee) and some deep consideration from the judges, tasked with determining the winners. Having helped judge the Pulire Awards at the Verona show, John and I are aware of the commitment that this involves.
Having once again enjoyed ourselves out in Amsterdam, John and I discussed some of the innovation we felt had made (or would make) an impact and I suggested we have our own lighthearted Innovation Awards what won’t require any extra work from the contenders. John came up with the name: The Quirkies – and you can read about them here…
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The 2016 edition of ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam has concluded four busy days marked by high temperatures and many happy people. Visitors came from across the globe to see new technologies and find out what is new and upcoming in the industry.
The robot arena and information-packed seminars at the InnovationLAB were two features not to be missed, while the sunny weather made the Outdoor Demo Show more popular than ever.
As the press we’re given dozens of USB sticks over an event and these are so much better than the heavy and cumbersome press packs we used to have to lug around in the old days (an innovation in itself).
Price Bailey's Offices in Old Broad Street was the venue for the CSSA's first board meeting since relaunching in February.
Members were invited to reconstitute the board of directors and executive management bodies, which has resulted in the CSSA now having one of the most experienced boards in the cleaning industry. Former BCC chairman and CEO of Principle Cleaning, Doug Cooke, returns as chairman, Bob Vincent, chairman of LCC Support Services, will be vice-chairman, and Mike Rutherford, Alba Victoria Cleaning & Support Services, is treasurer.
Uniwipe, a leading provider of powerful, effective wipes, has overhauled its branding and packaging following the launch of a new cleaning range to the UK market. The updated range capitalises on Uniwipe's proven success in the clinical market, which includes the wipes being used across the NHS.
The five key products in the range are all colour-coded and include:
Introducing Just Add Water, the all-inclusive floorcare and maintenance plan from Karcher. Renowned for technical machine innovation, and more recently for its digital management innovations, Karcher's latest process innovation is new territory for the cleaning giant.
Fiber ProTector Water Based has joined the growing number of WoolSafe approved products gaining independent green accreditation, and became the first carpet protector to be able to display the EnviroSeal Mark.
The EnviroSeal certification programme, initiated by WoolSafe, fills a very important gap: this is the first and only environmental certification programme outside North America, especially for carpet care products.
Made from high-quality stainless steel housing and measuring W 506mm x H 333.5mm x D 173.7mm, the large capacity, lockable unit has a hygienic spray chamber where the innovative sprayhead function delivers a precise spray cone that covers both hands. There is an integrated drip tray too.
The British Institute of Facilities Management wants to know if (and how) your organisation engages with the sustainability agenda. Are you aware of which teams take the lead; how the facilities management division contributes; and what metrics are used to report on the impact of sustainable business strategies?
NetThings, an Edinburgh based 'Internet of Things' company, has partnered with CSEM - a Swiss private, non-profit research company - to develop an analytical platform to save energy and increase equipment reliability in commercial buildings.
Record levels of illegal fly-tipping reported last week are likely to lead to an increased burden of costs to private landowners in removing the waste, claims VPS, a leading property management specialist.
"The portable toilet rental industry makes $1 billion annually," says Scott Cooper, CEO and creative director of World Patent Marketing. "By 2021, positive trends are expected to continue and portable toilet rental operators are anticipated to experience stable revenue growth."
If anything underlines our need to stop wasting water (and find ways to ensure that everyone has enough) and that cleaning needs to be carried out responsibly and carefully, it's the news that five young men lost their lives cleaning a well in the Dhanak Colony of Nidana Village in Haryana's Jind, in northern India.
The five - most of whom were in their teens and early twenties, died after inhaling poisonous gas inside the well.
Visitors to one of Beijing's hotels have been warned not to drink from the tea cups in the bedrooms, following a horrifying discovery by one guest about the way they are cleaned...
The South China Morning Post reported that the whistleblower made his grim discovery while dropping off his luggage in his room, which was still being cleaned after the departure of the previous guest, when he encountered the cleaning lady scrubbing the toilet bowl. He watched her finish this task before placing the brush she had been using, in the washbasin where two tea cups were being soaked in a blue solution.
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