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A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The researchers' vision is of vehicles where a large part of the body of the vehicle consists of structural lithium ion batteries.
Steen brings to the role more than 25 years' international experience from the power tool and hand tool industry, working for the US-founded company Stanley Black & Decker.
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I know that in some parts of the world we tend to mock certain of the decisions made with regard to health & safety - and there are times when I, myself, feel the officials are going over the top, but a Facebook friend sharing a BBC clip of the cleaning of Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square, in the 70s, showed me just how far things have come in terms of ensuring that we can work as safely as possible: BBCArchive/videos
How the ladders were erected in the first place I have no idea, but I shudder to think of the work and the danger involved. Even worse, the ladder that stretches from the top of the column to the top of the wide plinth naturally leans out from the structure at quite an angle, meaning that whoever's climbing it could be left swinging by their hands completely away from the ladder if they missed their footing.
The cleaning involved scraping off pigeon mess with a trowel and into a bucket, which was lowered down the column on a rope...
How times have changed! Or have they?
Another friend shared a picture taken by Londoner Pete Newman of a window cleaner working some 50ft. up without a harness.
He's holding onto the window to help his balance and is kneeling on the ledge of a wall as he works. Apparently he was working for some 15 minutes. Some people never learn, do they?
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The industrial vacuum cleaner market is predicted to grow from USD 536.9 million in 2018 to USD 681.3 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.88%, by researchers involved in compiling a new market research report:
'Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Market by Type (Dry and Wet & Dry), Power Source (Electric & Pneumatic), Industry (Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Metalworking, and Building & Construction), and Region - Global Forecast to 2023'.
International chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, whose UK headquarters are located in Bradford, has acquired Clover Chemicals, strengthening its position in the professional cleaning and hygiene sector.
Founded in 1990 and based in the High Peak area of Derbyshire, Clover Chemicals boasts a turnover of c.£8.5m and 80 employees. It produces over 200 products for the cleaning sector with a strong focus on research and development. Its range ensures consistent and high-quality cleaning results whilst maintaining a strong consideration for the environment.
Every year, 8,000 people die because of exposure to carcinogens at work and 13,500 new occupational cancer cases are registered in Britain. In the EU context, the statistics are even more startling: there are 80,000 deaths from work-related cancer every year, while approximately 120,000 people develop cancer annually as a result of their work activities.
The 2018 European Week for Safety & Health at Work, which runs from 22nd - 28th October, is promoting the prevention of risks posed by dangerous substances within the workplace.
A new, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention-funded analysis of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) shows that enhanced disinfection using UVC leads to a reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection.
The new substudy, 'Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection', was recently published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
Increasingly committed to the circular economy, Lucart, the Italian manufacturer of tissue paper, airlaid products and MG paper, has joined Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network to realise its circular economy ambitions faster. This pre-competitive innovation programme was established to enable organisations to develop new opportunities and more quickly realise their circular economy ambitions.
Lucart, which has made sustainability and innovation in the environmental field its core values, is one of only three Italian organisations that are members of the CE100, along with Intesa Sanpaolo and Gruppo Hera.
Hydro Systems, part of Dover, has introduced Hydro Connect, its cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Hydro Connect gives chemical providers and end users increased visibility into their operations, optimises production, reduces costs and increases customer satisfaction.
"With Hydro Connect, we aim to solve real business problems through a total solutions approach," says Serge Joris, president and CEO of Hydro Systems. "We pride ourselves on being applications experts, and connectivity is key to enabling value-added services for our customers, all the way from the time of implementation through aftersales support."
The company says that overall performance is consistent with expectations at the time of the half year results announcement in August. Group revenue for the third quarter increased by 7% at constant exchange rates due to organic growth of approximately 4% and an impact from acquisitions, net of disposals, of approximately 3%.
Cromwell Polythene is supporting a new recycling on the go initiative for Leeds city centre - 'Leeds By Example', launched 9th October. The company, which supplies a range of polythene products to aid recycling, will provide over 20,000 bags made from recycled material to support the campaign over its six-month duration.
The project, created by environmental charity Hubbub, with the support of compliance scheme, Ecosurety, 24 major brands and retailers, Leeds City Council and local institutions, aims to boost the recycling of food and drinks packaging.
The humble 'rubber' glove has become surprisingly sophisticated and now ranges over at least three categories, six specific and numerous more-generic international standards. There are also two competing issues - preventing moisture getting in but still allowing the hand to breathe.
The solution is, necessarily, a compromise - but a different compromise for each Category, Standard and often for specific applications. And this is where Versaperm, a specialist in vapour permeability comes in with its latest range of measurement systems.
As CBRE Asset Services' chosen partner for cleaning and associated services, Monthind has been appointed as the provider of a range of services including cleaning, window cleaning, pest control, grounds maintenance and waste management. Monthind was also awarded via Wates Construction - the construction firm responsible for delivery of the QI - the contract to provide the post-build clean prior to its opening.
Burgess Hill-based manufacturer Bio-Productions, is widely respected for the dedicated way it looks after its team with an approach to staff relationships that goes way beyond the usual HR boundaries.
Typical of this special company culture is the support of the entire workforce for 'Wear it Pink' Day.
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