Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 1st March 2018 Issue no. 811

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International News

Worldwide floorcare machines market to reach US$ 4,600mn by 2025

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A recent global market study on floorcare machines has concluded that the floorcare machines market will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.0%, with market size reaching over US$4,600 million by the end of 2025.

Bringing the cleaning world together - with TVH in Waregem (BE)

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Are you looking for opportunities to establish new international contacts and to connect with peers, industry experts, as well as ISSA members and representatives?

Kärcher teams up with AFC club programme as tournament official sponsor

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German cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher is now an official sponsor of both the Asian Football Confederation Champions League and the AFC Cup.

Avidbots signs distributor agreement with Macnica to help address Japan labour shortage

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Avidbots has this week announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Macnica, supplier of speciality technology products in Japan and worldwide. Macnica will distribute Neo self-driving floor scrubber across Japan to customers challenged by the largest labour shortage in the country in over 40 years.

Ecoppia robotic solar panel cleaning systems provide water-free solution at massive plant

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Ecoppia, the developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced this week the completion of deployment of hundreds of its automated systems in the 2,255MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, in a site developed by Engie Solar India.

Bunzl Canada partners with IoT developer Visionstate on latest technology product

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Bunzl Canada has this week announced its exclusive agreement with Visionstate to distribute its Internet of Things-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext. This is the second next-generation technology partnership announcement in recent months by Bunzl, following on from its introduction of an exclusive electrostatic disinfecting technology.

Former CEO Ernie Rosenberg receives ACI Chairman's Award

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Ernie Rosenberg, who served as the American Cleaning Institute's president & CEO for 17 years, is the recipient of the special ACI Chairman's Award, recognising his outstanding leadership of the Association for the cleaning product supply chain. He was honoured during the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

Safety at height with Foot The Ladder

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Ideal for any cleaning or maintenance worker who works at height this product is a UK innovation, manufactured here, and negates the need for a second person to foot the ladder whilst a colleague works at height! Everybody appreciates that using a ladder can be dangerous, even if a person is only a few rungs high. Each year there are numerous ladder related incidents and accidents in the UK alone.

Lindhaus LW30-38 eco Force floor scrubbers offer high efficiency, low sound levels and maximum energy savings

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The new Lindhaus compact LW30-38 pro floor scrubbers are now a part of the eco Force family of commercial machines.

They have a new design with classic blue features and many technical innovations that improve the performance of both machines:

Sanuwave receives US patent for use of shock waves in cleaning and grooming of water submerged structures

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Sanuwave Health has been granted a US Patent entitled 'Cleaning and Grooming Water Submerged Structures Using Acoustic Pressure Shock Waves'.

Getting down and dirty: Matrix machines take the graft out of industrial cleaning

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Industrial sector steam cleaning machines - believed to be the only such machines manufactured in the UK, are offered by Matrix Cleaning Systems in 110v, 240v or 380v, single and 3-phase versions, operating between 8 and 10 bar pressure.

SC Johnson Professional partners with National Service Alliance

SC Johnson Professional has announced a new strategic partnership with the National Service Alliance (NSA), the industry-leading group purchasing organisation for building service contractors and related businesses in the US.

Lucart strengthens presence in tissue market with acquisition of Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System

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Lucart has welcomed 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.

Riwal completes integration of AFI GmbH in Germany and appoints new Country Manager

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has completed the integration of AFI GmbH, which was acquired in May 2017, into its organisation.

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We British are openly mocked for always talking about the weather, but the conditions we’re currently facing are really unusual and if you’re one of our thousands of overseas readers and have seen the news reports, you’ll be well aware that we don’t deal with snow and ice that well! It’s not just the UK that’s been hit by treacherous weather either, is it? Somehow though, everyone else always seems better prepared and more able to cope than we are…

The authorities started issuing warnings for people in the worst hit parts of the UK not to travel some days ago, but these warnings now cover the UK in its entirety. The problem is, some of us have to travel to work as we have responsibilities to others… Cleaners, refuse collectors, delivery drivers, transport workers, emergency services and healthcare workers. I apologise to those groups I’ve inadvertently omitted but you catch my drift…

Facebook friends working in these sectors have been posting pictures of seemingly endless traffic jams together with warnings about hazards to avoid. Robertson Facilities Management’s Kerry Ord, for example, is living in one of the snowiest parts of the North and has faced horrendous problems travelling long distances to work, while sharing warnings with colleagues of roads to avoid because of jams and overturned lorries.

People like this have battled on and hats off to them for having the steely grit to get to the workplace and do a day’s (or night’s) work – sometimes covering for others who couldn’t make it in, knowing that they face a similar battle to get home again.

Sadly, some who’ve made the effort to get to work have come unstuck. These probably won’t turn out to be the only ones but I know of two refuse collectors who’ve been knocked down by motorists – one of whom had only bothered to clear ice from part of his windscreen and thus couldn’t actually see the bin gatherer he ploughed into “at some speed” and badly injured! In the other incident, the man was struck as he was guiding a reversing bin lorry, and a driver who’d initially been waiting patiently, suddenly drove off, hitting the man.

I think refuse lorries should be given ‘school bus’ treatment in the best of conditions, since their teams are particularly vulnerable, but in conditions like these… Anyway, I hope that everyone is mindful and appreciative of those who’ve battled the elements to get to work this week - and if you’re out and about, do stay safe, won’t you?

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This Week's News

The future of PFI and private finance in infrastructure: Government experts speak

With the collapse of Carillion and fears expressed about other major companies, the spotlight is on the future of private finance in infrastructure delivery. When PFI was first introduced under the Major government and then embraced wholeheartedly by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, the memory of egregious cases of massive budget overruns and missed deadlines in the delivery of public projects was still fresh in the collective memory.

It was confidently asserted at the time that private sector efficiencies and management skills, coupled with effective risk transfer, would more than compensate for the higher cost of private sector borrowing and improve project delivery and overall cost.

Interclean Amsterdam releases full schedule for upcoming show

* Interclean-Amsterdam-bots.jpgWith its 2018 event just two months away, Interclean Amsterdam has unveiled the full schedule for the exhibition - including the widely-anticipated Healthcare Forum running alongside the show.

Running from 15th - 18th May, Interclean Amsterdam will bring the professional cleaning and hygiene world together to showcase innovative products, services and solutions. It will also see industry experts share their knowledge in sessions and events across a number of stages, including the Interclean Stage, the InnovationLAB, the WasteLAB and the Healthcare Cleaning LAB.

Xeros near-waterless commercial laundry system now available in South Africa

* Xeros-near-waterless.jpgXeros, the innovator in sustainable cleaning technologies, yesterday announced that its near-waterless laundry system is now available in South Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in more than a century.

Xeros has signed a partnership with local Cape Town company, Fanute, which will distribute and service its award-winning laundry systems in South Africa.

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning wins 2018 Global Franchise Award

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.

The recognition comes after a strong year of international growth for Chem-Dry, the world's largest carpet and floor-cleaning franchise.

Canadian healthcare providers are re-examining their cleaning strategies

* Canadian-healthcare.jpgAging demographics and a spike in chronic conditions amongst Canadians, combined with increased turnover of hospital rooms, has forced healthcare providers to rethink their strategies for protecting patients at their most critical moments.

The threat is real. More than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada and more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result, according to a 2013 report from Canada's chief public health officer.

SWC awarded IRATA certification

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The body aims to promote a high standard of working practices across the industry providing clients with peace of mind that they are receiving a professional service that fully complies with health & safety regulations.

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deploys to Nigeria

* UK-Public-Health-to-Nigeria.jpgThe UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever.

Humans usually become infected with Lassa virus from exposure to urine or faeces of infected rodents that are unique to Africa. The virus may also be spread between humans through direct contact with the blood, urine, faeces, or other bodily secretions of an infected person, though this tends to be less common.

Essity Restructures in Chile

Essity is restructuring its production facility in Santiago, Chile, to further improve quality and cost for the Professional Hygiene and Consumer Tissue businesses in the country. These measures are aligned with the company's strategy of optimising the production footprint to increase both cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation.

The restructuring measures include the closure of one tissue machine and two converting lines.

Cromwell Polythene's family extended as employees celebrate long service

* Cromwell-Polythene-family.jpgThe job market is often much more short-term than it used to be, but family-run business Cromwell Polythene says it is proud to be bucking that trend as a succession of staff members celebrate 10 or 20 year anniversaries with the company.

Cromwell Polythene is one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables.

Cleaner's ammonia and bleach mix gamble clears casino

Hazmat crews were called to the Osage casino in Tulsa, US, on Sunday, following reports of a chemical smell that was allegedly created when cleaners mixed ammonia with bleach. The mix was causing throat irritation to some of those inside the casino, leading to an evacuation of the building.

Nine people were checked for throat irritation but none were taken to hospital, although four people drove themselves to local hospitals or emergency clinics.

Double contract win for cleaning contractor with security at its heart

* Double-contract-win-for_J-R.jpgLondon specialist in secure commercial cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord & Co, has won two three-year contracts to care for smart, contemporary office spaces. The first is with 40 Bank Street at Canary Wharf; the second is with the London office of international law firm, Bird & Bird (pictured).

The contract with 40 Bank Street was awarded by Canary Wharf Management. The 32- storey office building forms part of the instantly recognisable London skyline at Canary Wharf.

Bantams clean up with new laundry contract

* Bantams.jpgChristeyns, based on Rutland Street Bradford, is making sure its home football team, Bradford City, turns out with more than a clean pair of heels!

The laundry chemicals specialist has entered a new laundry sponsorship deal set to run until the end of the 2019 season that will see the club save thousands of pounds in laundry supplies.

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Recent UK News

New business development manager for Duplex

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Duplex Cleaning Machines have announced the appointment of a new business development manager for the southern region, John Still. John said "I have spent the past ten years as a BDM for a national facilities company which has given me a great insight into the cleaning industry. I am very pleased to have joined Duplex as the Southern BDM and look forward to meeting our customers, dealers and distributors."

Second ISSA UK/IE Networking & Education Event

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ISSA members and their guests gathered at the second ISSA UK/IE Member Networking & Education Event in London, to gain insights into the latest drivers impacting the industry and enjoy the opportunity to business network with fellow industry professionals. ISSA member Amazon EU, hosted the event at its new headquarters in Shoreditch.

Tony Wall appointed Airdri Group CEO

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The Airdri Group has confirmed the appointment of Tony Wall as chief executive officer from 1st May 2018. Reporting to Bruce Philipps and the Airdri Board, Tony will oversee the day-to-day operations of the group in Oxford, Chicago, Shanghai and Guangzhou and will have a strong focus on sales growth across the key products and markets in which Airdri operates.

Cole & Wilson strengthens its position in Christeyns UK group

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Following continued success with its 'gentle care' washing and dry-cleaning chemicals, Cole & Wilson is set for further growth as parent company Christeyns UK bolsters its professional hygiene and chemistry divisions.

Jangro enhances floorcare education

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Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently enhanced its floorcare education to help cleaning operatives achieve impeccably clean and flawless-looking floors, with the introduction of a new Floor Pad Guide.

CMA investigates Rentokil Initial / Cannon Hygiene merger

The Competition & Markets Authority is investigating the completed acquisition on New Year's Day of Cannon Hygiene by Rentokil Initial. An initial enforcement order has been issued to Rentokil Initial under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002, which covers the consequences of mergers in terms of the potential, substantial lessening of competition within the UK market for goods or services.

Manchester Cleaning Show to focus on future of cleaning and wider FM issues

The full programme for the second Manchester Cleaning Show, the northern edition of The Cleaning Show which now alternates annually with Excel in London, has been announced.

New recycling service leads to impressive improvements

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Scotland's Lanarkshire Council has thanked residents for their efforts to improve recycling, following the introduction of a new waste and recycling service in October.

If you do one thing this year...

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... Don't miss the Manchester Cleaning Show - 11-12 April, Event City, Manchester. Now in its second edition after an incredible launch event which was considered so important that it featured on BBC Breakfast in 2016, this regional show has grown tremendously.

With 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations, discounts and advice, the thousands of visitors expected to attend will also be able to enjoy event highlights including a fantastic line-up of speakers giving advice on future-proofing your business, recruitment, health & safety and creating business growth.

WAMITAB new role of training & assessment manager

The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has announced the appointment of Karen Slade to the newly created role of training & assessment manager with the responsibility of developingnthe organisation's plans to seek approval to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.

App launch aims to improve industry standards

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HSG UK has launched what it believes is the UK's first fully integrated management tool and review app to help venues and washroom services providers address issues and raise standards.

HSG UK in Derby, has developed the Cleen App which is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

2018 Loo of the Year Awards launched

Many businesses pride themselves on the cleaning standards of the buildings they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The washroom is the most frequent place visited by most building users and first impressions count. High standards must be achieved consistently if the organisation's and/or the associated cleaning or facilities management company's reputation is to be maintained. So how do service providers know how to compare their results with their competitors and how do they gain recognition?

Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards offers a way of receiving an independent assessment of 'away from home' toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on 'the washroom standard' for the UK.

Home Office: Investigation into the Disclosure and Barring Service

An investigation is being held into the progress made by an initiative designed to modernise the Disclosure & Barring Service, which provides services that help employers check people's backgrounds against police databases such as criminal records and government lists of those considered unsuitable to work with or in the vicinity of children vulnerable adults.

This service is widely used by organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, such as schools and care homes, to check prospective employees, volunteers and those involved in cleaning the buildings.

New appointment as Cromwell Polythene continues to grow business

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Cromwell Polythene - one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables - has appointed a new business development manager for London and the south east of England. Darren Kitchiner, who has worked in the plastic industry for 27 years, is tasked with expanding Cromwell Polythene's sales in both the janitorial and local authority markets, alongside building relationships with existing customers in the region.

Sanitaryware Supplies Company secures exclusive UK distribution of Grate Seal range

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Sanitaryware Supplies Company (SSC) has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights of the groundbreaking Grate Seal drainage solution range - originally brought to international market by the environmentally-conscious Australian firm Gentec.

Events & Exhibitions

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

Interclean Amsterdam
15-18th May 2018
The Netherlands


ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo
29-30th August 2018


Budapest Cleaning Show
5-6th October 2018
Budapest, Hungary

ISSA North America
30th October 2018-1st November 2018
Dallas, Texas


Loo of the Year Awards
7th December 2018
St Johns Hotel, Solihull


ISSA Mexico 2019
19-21st February 2019
Mexico City


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