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"With Turtle Mats, we are gaining a strong retail brand for our company portfolio, especially in the UK market," explains Jürgen Teubenbacher, managing director of Kleen-Tex in Europa GmbH. "For both companies, there are very positive synergies - on sales, marketing, and distribution."
In this market research report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global industrial cleaning market for 2017-2021. The market is further categorised into five segments based on the chemicals used, including surfactants, enzymes, builders, fragrances and processing aids.
The talks are said to have been revealed by two sources, but have yet to be confirmed by either company, according to the publication.
Eight students in Mumbai have developed a novel vacuum cleaning system for train coaches, in a project said to have impressed cleaning officials even attracted the attention of railway minister Suresh Prabhu. The students - five of whom are US citizens and all aged 12-14 - visited Vadodara and Mumbai stations to study the rubbish disposal in train coaches before devising the cleaning system.
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I write this to the sound of drilling and hammering from the next room. I've finally given up on trying to deal with limescale at home and have succumbed to the lure of the water softener - it's currently being fitted.
Over the 25 years I've been part of this industry (now that's a scary thought... I'm getting older!) I've received dozens of press releases and spoken with many representatives at exhibitions about limescale problems, seen loads of 'before & after' pictures and watched demonstrations proving how good individual products are at dealing with limescale, but sadly, everything I've tried at home hasn't quite done the trick.
And it's not just the cleaning aspect either. The stuff eats through a kettle every 18 months or so. What's it doing to my insides, I wonder... Perhaps my limescale issues are worse than normal, with my water supply fed by the rains falling on the North Downs? Who knows?
Anyway, I'm looking forward to a gleaming sink, drainer, taps and kettle, streak-free windows and shower screen and a scum-free bath - oh - and drinking tea that doesn't have dark patches floating on it, which stick to the side of the cup as it slowly empties. I gather I'll also be spending less on cleaning products, which need to be used in higher concentrates when mixed with hard water - something I'll no longer have. I'll let you know how it goes...
In getting the area ready for the fitters this morning, I noticed things that could have been cleaned better, which I tend not to normally be aware of, but when looking at it through what would be the fitters' eyes, had me running for the vacuum cleaner and reaching for my cleaning cloths. It made me wonder whether this type of thinking is what separates a good cleaner from a bad one - the ability to look at the finished job, from the point of view of a building user... Less of a: "I've done that so it must be clean" and more of a "How does it actually look, when viewed with a 'fresh' eye?"
I mentioned exhibitions earlier and of course it's only a couple of weeks until the UK's own Cleaning Show opens its doors at London's ExCel and we'll be examining new solutions to old cleaning problems. Have you emailed me your press release yet?
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Tennant Company has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with private equity fund Ambienta to acquire Italy's IPC Group, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $350 million (€330 million). In 2016, IPC Group generated annual sales of approximately $203 million (€192 million). When finalized, this will be the largest acquisition in Tennant Company history.
"Acquiring IPC Group is a strategic move that aligns with our growth aspirations," said Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company president and chief executive officer. "IPC Group significantly increases our presence and market share in Europe, and more than doubles Tennant's current EMEA business.
The report complied for the BCC by market research company, Firedog Research, shows that in addition to being a huge net contributor to the UK economy, the cleaning industry is also one of its biggest employers, with over 700,000 people.
With the UK economy still struggling to rise out of recession, uncertainty around Brexit and growing business pressures with new legislation on minimum wage and pensions, The Cleaning Show is offering free seminar sessions from a wide range of industry experts to help you grow your business.
On Wednesday 15th March the afternoon programme will be aimed at SMEs and medium sized businesses with the aim of 'Growing Your Business'. The presentations will start at 13.30 with Luke Elliott and Roberta Donzelli from Amazon Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies explaining 'How to hack the online market: Insider tips on finding growth'.
EUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products, is relaunching its 'European Cleaning Days' campaign.
Aimed at promoting and highlighting the importance and benefits of professional cleaning in places such as offices, hospitals, airports, train stations, etc. the campaign is scheduled to run throughout May 2017.
The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.
New for 2017 - the Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards have replaced the previous Attendant of the Year Awards, provided by Loo of the Year Awards and relate specifically to the dedicated cleaning staff that look after the facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.
You've seen him all over the trade media, now you can hook one for yourself!
Offering visitors the chance to have some fun, Greyland are hosting their variation of a fairground classic.
Rentokil Initial announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Pest Control India and to acquire a 57% stake in the new joint venture. As a part of the transaction, the company will merge its Indian business into the joint venture.
The combined entity will be the largest provider of pest control services and products in India with combined annual revenues of INR 450 crores (c. £50m); it will operate from 250 locations and employ c.6,900 people.
Even though Olympic swimmers have admitted doing it, urinating in the pool is not a condoned practice. Urine contributes to the formation of compounds in pool water that can be harmful to people's health. Now scientists are tackling a new way to monitor water quality: by measuring how sweet it is. Their report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Recent studies have shown that nitrogenous compounds (e.g., urea) in urine and sweat react with chlorine to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs), including trichloramine, that can cause eye irritation and respiratory problems.
Buying from CHSA Accreditation Scheme members is the only way to be certain 'what's on the box is in the box'. Analysis of the auditing results for the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Sacks and Cotton Mops in 2016, has shown scheme members have achieved near perfect compliance.
Every scheme member was inspected by Martin Yates, the CHSA's Independent Inspector, who made at least two visits to every member company.
Two outstanding keynote speeches will be delivered at the start of the Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC, 18th - 20th September) in Berlin. On 18th September EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and the IT specialist Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be addressing the world's leading conference for the building services sector on the subject of 'Cleaning in a digital world - Processes, people, technology'.
This year for the first time the WFBSC Congress is being held concurrently with the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning. Management.Services. (19th - 22nd September) in Hall 7 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Berlin ExpoCenter City.
Opening the new depot in an area of the port known as Maasvlakte 2, is in line with Riwal's strategy of providing broad market coverage and strengthening Riwal's local presence.
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Recent UK News
A waste management company has been prosecuted after a worker was left with life changing injuries. Chippenham Magistrates Court heard how the 19-year-old worker and his colleagues had cleared a blockage from the waste picking line, when his gloved hand got caught in the conveyor belt. The roller fractured his right hand, dislocated his wrist and radius and he had to spend two weeks in hospital following the incident.
The Directors of Selden Research are delighted to announce the acquisition of the brand, assets and goodwill of Premiere Products from James Briggs (Hygiene), saying:
For 20 years, the Association has been active in driving up standards, making sure that what's in the box is on the box. Today the marque of the Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sack and Industrial Cotton Mop Accreditation Schemes means buyers can be certain they get what they pay for.
Following the acquisition of BPI Recycled Products by RPC Group, the new name for the business has been formally announced as RPC bpi recycled products. The company was part of British Polythene Industries until it was purchased by RPC Group in August 2016.
A Welsh cleaning services company has recently completed the third of a four-phase project for Afon Taf High School in Merthyr Tydfil. Clean Sweep has been contracted by Interserve, the international construction and support services group; conducting a live renovation of the high school; to complete cleaning services on each phase of the ongoing project.
Events & Exhibitions
Clean Middle East Pulire
Loo of the Year Awards
Clean India Technology Week
The Manchester Cleaning Show
ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
Budapest Cleaning Show