Cleanzine-logo-10a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 20th April 2017 Issue no. 768

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Private equity firms have bid $22 billion for SCA hygiene unit-paper

A group of private equity companies have bid around 200 billion Swedish crowns ($22.26 billion) for the hygiene arm of tissue and forestry products firm SCA (SCAb.ST), daily Dagens Nyheter wrote on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. SCA said last year it planned to split into two units.

"At least two private equity companies together have bid around 200 billion crowns for the hygiene unit," DN said.
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Hospital sees 12% C. diff reduction in two-year, CDC-funded study

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With the help of a fleet of germ-eliminating UV robots, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) experienced a marked decrease in its Clostridium difficile infection rates.
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Proposals for cutting food waste discussed

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On Tuesday, Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed that a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the 'best before' and 'use by' labelling.
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Self-cleaning surfaces solve janitorial challenges and provide an advertising opportunity

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Both in-house janitorial departments and contract cleaning companies are looking for new ways to add value - both real and perceived - and are taking proactive steps to utilise technology to add value and garner recognition for the valuable role they play.
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SCA to become two listed companies

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At the Annual General Meeting of SCA, the company's shareholders voted in favour of the Board of Director's proposal to split the Group into two listed companies.
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Waste to energy market gains public-private partnership attention due to EU 2020 renewable energy targets

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The European waste to energy (WTE) market is experiencing steady growth. A circular economy, the European Union (EU) 2020 renewable energy target, country-specific regulations and incentives to increase energy efficiency favour this pro-WTE trend.
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This Week's News

Unger Stingray acclaimed for outstanding product design

* Unger-Stingray.jpgThe indoor cleaning system Unger Stingray has received the internationally renowned Red Dot Design Award. The expert jury selected the innovative product as the winner in the 'Product Design' category from more than 5,500 entrants.

"We are absolutely delighted to have won this important and globally recognised award," says Jochen Wagener, senior director of marketing & sales at Unger. "The award pays tribute to the groundbreaking design quality of Unger Stingray. The product was designed in such a way that it guarantees optimal performance and simple operation.
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Finalists announced for Cleantech Innovate 2017

* Cleantech-Innovate.jpgThe 36 leading innovating companies in the low-carbon tech sector selected as the finalists for Cleantech Innovate 2017, the showcase for the commercial low-carbon stars of the future, were announced yesterday - and intelligent warm air hand dryer manufacturer Savortex as well as a number of recycling and waste-to-energy innovators are amongst them.

Cleantech Innovate showcases the very best in clean, green, low-carbon technology and will take place at the Royal Institution in London's Mayfair next week, on 27th April.
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Europe's happiest workers revealed

* Europe-happiest.jpgLevels of job satisfaction vary significantly across Europe, with Dutch, Polish and Swiss employees being the most satisfied, according to research by ADP. The new study of nearly 10,000 European working adults explores how employees across Europe feel about the future of work.

According to the research, Dutch, Polish and Swiss employees are the most satisfied, whilst the UK comes joint fifth. In the UK, satisfaction levels also differ greatly across regions; three quarters of those based in the East are satisfied (75%), whilst only 59% of employees in Northern Ireland are satisfied.
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UBM India excited about the maiden edition of 'World of Facilities'

* UBM-India-FM.jpgThe inaugural World of Facilities exhibition and conference, which organiser UBM India is planning to turn into India's premier trade event for the facilities management product & service industry, took place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai from 24th - 26th April 2017.

Through World of Facilities, UBM India will provide a trade platform for the facilities management supplier industry to showcase their innovative products & services, network, and connect with key decision-makers from every level of a wide range of sectors.
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AQS and Panton McLeod partner to produce clean water solutions in Ireland

* AQS_Panton-McLeod.jpgAQS Environmental Solutions is working in partnership with UK water quality engineering specialist Panton McLeod to deliver innovative clean water solutions in Ireland.

The relationship allows customers to benefit from AQS's unrivalled suction and jetting technology and expertise, combined with UK-based Panton McLeod's industry-leading chemical cleaning and clean water maintenance systems.
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RAS gears up for SaniGives

* RAS.jpgTowards the end of last year, The Restroom Association (Singapore) unveiled plans for SaniGives, a new initiative designed to recognise cleaning attendants. RAS asked its existing partners - Adkel Solutions, Adsec Global, and Viso - to support SaniGives by raising donations.

The donations will be used to organise tribute meals and present grocery vouchers to cleaning attendants during 'appreciation activities'. Members of the public who donate to RAS online via www.giving.sg will benefit from discounts of up to $60 when they purchase products directly from the three partners.
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Afflink offers Earth Day tips for distributors and suppliers

* Afflink.jpgIn honour of Earth Day, Afflink, a global expert in supply chain management and developer of the free Elevate process, is offering the following suggestions on how distributors and suppliers can become more environmentally responsible.

Most of these suggestions involve the transport and packaging of products. According to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing for Afflink: "This is usually where distributors can make their most significant contribution in reducing the industry's environmental footprint. With this in mind, he suggests the following:
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Citron Hygiene acquires Alpine Jan-San

Citron Hygiene, (formerly Cannon Hygiene Canada) renowned for its commercial washroom and foodservice hygiene products and services and pest control solutions, as well as a broad range of chemical and other facility-based products and services announced yesterday that it has acquired Alpine Jan-San, effective March 21st, 2017.
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Guardian Water Treatment achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification

Guardian Water Treatment has been awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification, the International Standard for environmental management which supports organisations in reducing their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 was revised in 2015, bringing an increased focus on sustainable development and helping businesses to effectively manage the environmental challenges of the future. It provides a framework for the development of an Environmental Management System, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and providing a systematic approach to continually improving environmental performance.
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Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners' new Master is an old hand

On 27th April, at the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners' annual ceremony at St Olave's Church in the City of London, John (Jack) Broadley will be installed as the new Master - a position he previously held in 2003/04.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies, which started in the 12th century.
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Recent UK News

Biotechnology sachet solution

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London-based Cleanology is taking its chemical-free cleaning offering to the next level with the roll out of biotech wipes for tablets and mobile phones, and pre-portioned cleaning fluids and floor cleaner in sachets.

Biotechnology uses enzymes to 'eat' dirt and bacteria. The tiny molecules access even the hardest to reach areas, and carry on working for days after application.
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Rosemor expands into China

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Rosemor has been working for a long time on finding the right partner to market its products in China. With a population of 1.357 billion, it was crucial to find a company that had already tapped into this market.

Recently Rosemor has collaborated with a well-known dealer, Shanghai EMC, (www.emclean.cn) whose managing director Jonathan Zhang won an award presented by China Clean Expo for his distinguished contributions to China's cleaning industry.
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Upcoming WFBSC congress programme finalised and available

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The programme for the upcoming World Federation of Building Service Contractors congress - taking place later this year from 18th to 20th September and in Berlin for the first time - has been released by the German Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade and Messe Berlin.

The congress will be opened by EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, while the proceedings will be opened by Federal Guild Master Thomas Dietrich, who has also presided as president of the WFBSC since April of last year.
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TC Facilities Management & Remploy celebrate 1000 jobs & longest serving employee

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Celebrations were in full swing in Swansea last week to mark the 1000th employee, Tarik Miah and the longest serving employee, David Kenneally, finding work with TC Facilities Management through employment partner, Remploy.
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Concerns about cleanliness and infection control in independent ambulances

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The Care Quality Commission has now carried out 70 comprehensive inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. 

These inspections have identified some common concerns around cleanliness and infection control practices, a lack of appropriate recruitment checks and poor medicines management.
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Are companies measuring the cost of cleaning correctly? Why false economies could be costing your business...

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Dr Emma Saunders, general manager at Genesis Biosciences, argues that biological cleaners can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional chemicals for the facilities management industry, when the 'bigger picture' is taken into account.
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Cleaning up London's air

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Every year, over 9,000 Londoners are said to be dying prematurely from long-term exposure to air pollution and the latest research shows that hundreds of schools are located in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels.

Mayor Sadiq Khan is implementing tough measures to reduce London's deadly air pollution and protect the health and wellbeing of all Londoners.
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DJB Cleaning Supplies first in the UK to become a CHSA Accredited Distributor

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DJB Cleaning Supplies is the first distributor of cleaning & hygiene products in the country to secure accreditation from the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association. Businesses buying cleaning and hygiene products, now more than ever, can be certain that 'what's on the box is in the box' with DJB Cleaning Supplies.
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ECMR welcomes new partner

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The European Cleaning Machines Recycling has extended a warm welcome to new member Kimberly-Clark Professional, which chose ECMR to bring in a sustainable approach to company policy; improving respect for the environment and providing a boost to the circular economy.
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DCS Multiserve - How to clean a... Skyscraper

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Skyscrapers are impressive structures that make up some of the world's most impressive skylines - from New York City to London and Shanghai. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest on record, measuring 828 metres, 830 to the tip.
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New Standard published: ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced the publication of a new ANSI-approved ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup (1st edition, 2017).
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"What a welcome! Our first experience of the Cleaning Show was one we'll never forget"

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writes Anthony Wilkey, of Best Minds: "Earlier this month, Best Minds was invited to present at the Cleaning Show in London's ExCeL Centre. Michelle Cachucho - our founder - and I are fortunate enough to have a lot of experience of this kind of thing, but we'd not presented at the Cleaning Show before and were very much looking forward to it.

We were not disappointed.
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Prochem Europe broadens training offer to professional cleaners in 2017

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Prochem Europe is broadening its training offer to professional cleaners in 2017, staging regional courses for the Midlands plus a series of WoolSafe sessions to complement the company's well-established seminars held throughout the year at its dedicated training academy in Chessington, Surrey.
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Cleaning Show in London well attended and business done

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The Cleaning Show, which took place over three days in London's Docklands recently, attracted 5,767 professional trade attendees and industry supporters - a 5% increase on the previous event held in London in 2015.

The show certainly seemed busy and the organisers tell us that some 10% of the visitors came from overseas - 9% more than last time. But the visitors weren't just there to look at what was on show... orders were placed with a number of companies exhibiting.
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Action Team takes on improving the environment

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Scotland's fourth largest local authority, North Lanarkshire Council, has set up a new Environmental Action Team to tackle issues of litter, graffiti, fly tipping and overgrown shrubbery to help keep communities cleaner.
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Safety gets shown the green card at Lanes Utilities

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Wastewater engineers working for Lanes Utilities who set high standards of health & safety are now awarded a green card in recognition of their achievement. Those that do not meet all safety standards receive a yellow card, and those that are judged to have failed are shown a red card.
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Art Cleaning's work declared 'a masterpiece' at National Awards Ceremony

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Art Cleaning, in Birmingham, took home two Federation of Window Cleaners' awards that were presented at the recent UK Cleaning Show.

Window cleaner Robert Baker, from Walsall, was presented with the UK's Window Cleaner of the Year Award for his 51-year commitment to the industry and for overcoming many challenges to continue doing the job he loves, while Art Cleaning achieved the second position as a runner-up in the Window Cleaning Company of the Year category.
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NVQ training for washroom service technicians

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The IWSA Independent Washroom Services Association has initiated an NVQ Training Programme for washroom service technicians under the auspices of City & Guilds Facilities Management Training Programme.
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Events & Exhibitions

HIGIEXPO 2017
8-10th August 2017
Sao Paulo
Brazil

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ISSA/Interclean North America
11-14th September 2017
Las Vegas
USA

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WFBSC
18-20th September 2017
Berlin
Germany

Held simultaneously with CMS

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CMS
19-22nd September 2017
Cleaning. Management.Services
Berlin
Germany

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ISSA/Interclean Istanbul
18-20th October 2017
Turkey
Web

Clean Middle East Pulire
7-9th November 2017
Dubai
UAE

Web

Loo of the Year Awards
2nd December 2017
30th Anniversary of this popular event
St Johns Hotel, Solihull
UK

2016Video

Clean India Technology Week
18-20th January 2018
Mumbai,
India

Web

The Manchester Cleaning Show
11-12th April 2018
2nd outing for this busy 2-day event
Web

ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Web



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