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CleanNZ Expo - postponed to March 2022
CleanNZ Expo is coming back to Auckland.
Originally planned for this September, with current lockdowns, the organisers have taken the decision to reschedule the event to Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March 2022, at Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland.
Certol International announces sale of business
Certol International has announced that MicroCare, located in New Britain, CT, the US, completed the sale of Certol in partnership with the company's co-founders and senior management in June. Certol, founded in 1979, will continue to operate under the Certol, Acid Magic, ProSpray, and its other ‘Pro’ brands.
Microbiologist shares top tips on how we can avoid catching Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses
Freedom Day - a day many of us had been anticipating for a long time, whether that would have been a sense of excitement or fear. It was a turning point in our relationship with the virus but unfortunately Covid won't disappear overnight as the restrictions have. There is still plenty we should do to minimise our risk of catching the virus or spreading it to other people. Val Edwards-Jones, microbiologist, gives her opinion:
Debunking the myths about UV technology
UV-C air purifiers have been used for years to eliminate airborne pathogens in healthcare settings. Due to the pandemic, they are also being used to protect health in schools, offices and all types of commercial facilities. These standalone units can be easily moved from one room to another, allowing them to protect occupant health wherever they are needed.
CWS acquires SSE of Ireland
CWS International GmbH, the German based services group, has acquired Specialised Sterile Environments (SSE), an Irish company specialising in Cleanroom cleaning, decontamination and hygiene services to the Irish Pharma and Medtech industry.
Birth of IGEAX, business brushware for leaders
Aricasa, a leading manufacturer of professional brushware operating in the sector for over 80 years, is looking to the future and becoming IGEAX - new brand identity that combines tradition and innovation… the result of an improvement that represents the excellence of brushware made in Italy.
Laundrapp takes a bite of the big apple with New York launch
Award-winning, on-demand laundry app Laundrapp, which provides eco-friendly commercial and domestic laundry and dry-cleaning services across the UK, is now taking orders from New Yorkers who are keen to free up time by having hassle-free, 48-hour turnaround dry cleaning delivered straight to their door.
How robots are helping facilities stay clean post-pandemic
by Michel Spruijt, GM and VP of BrainCorp Europe…
“Owing to a devastating pandemic, keeping public spaces clean has shifted from being a background routine to a forefront concern. This jolt in priorities has been especially felt by anyone managing industrial facilities.
Diversey to acquire Australia’s Tasman Chemicals
Diversey Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire Tasman Chemicals – the Melbourne, Australia-based manufacturer of professional hygiene and cleaning solutions to the Institutional and Food & Beverage sectors with over 55 years of experience in the market.
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If you’ve been a regular reader of my Leaders over the past 19 years you may well have seen me refer to this industry as being something like the Hotel California in the hit Eagles song: "You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave." That doesn’t seem to have changed over the years and our industry functions, be they exhibitions, conferences, awards events, company open days or press visits, have always felt like the lifeblood of the industry, drawing us together so we can remind ourselves that we work in a great - and highly important – industry, full of wonderful people… People we may see representing a number of different companies or even setting up their own business in competition with the employer they’ve recently left!
One of the exhibitions John Austen and I have always particularly looked forward to is the one set up under the Pulire brand in Verona (now in partnership with ISSA). While lots of other shows have been cancelled since the pandemic began, this is the first ‘biggie’ that bravely went ahead and although we weren’t able to attend because I had Covid, we understand it was a huge success, as you may have read in Cleanzine last week. The show drew over 10,000 visitors, which John and I agreed was very respectable bearing in mind travel restrictions, lockdowns and our natural caution when it comes to personal safety. Visitor numbers at the last event in 2019 were somewhat different, at over 17,000. Is this an encouraging sign of things to come, I wonder?
Have we become so good at conducting business via Zoom or Teams, that we’re going to continue using them, rather than going back to normal? Will exhibitions actually become easier to navigate, because there are fewer visitors? You may recall my grumbles at having to weave around slow-moving crowds whilst navigating a show floor (not regarding Verona, I must add), or being unable to get onto a stand as it was too busy… Frustrating for me but far more so for a buyer tasked with sourcing new products and equipment. I’m told it takes around six months for an exhibitor’s sales figures to reveal whether the show was worth the outlay. It will be interesting to learn whether fewer visitors at Verona actually produced a better show. After all, while a busy show provides a great ‘buzz’, if visitors aren’t buying (or can’t because the stands are too busy), one of the main objectives of paying to exhibit is being missed, don’t you think?
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This Week's News
Listeria completely eliminated in groundbreaking RTE food production pilot
All traces of listeria spp in a highly sensitive food production environment have been successfully eliminated in a breakthrough new pilot, undertaken by Bio-Fence.
The 11-week proof of concept saw Bio-Fence antimicrobial coatings applied to the floor and lower part of walls of a hotdog peeling room in a major sausage manufacturing facility in Israel. Despite repeated, strict cleaning and disinfection routines, the facility had a continuous pre-pilot presence of listeria sp, particularly on the production floor.
Campaign launched to protect EV drivers at the charging point
GripHero, which claims to be the maker of the world's only single-item release static-safe hand-protection dispenser, is drawing attention to the importance of protecting the health and wellbeing of Electric Vehicle customers who are prone to picking up contaminants and illness from recharging point handles.
The campaign follows research which reveals that charging points are teaming with germs that have been shown to be transferable to others seven times before leaving the skin.
Office germ hotspots revealed - with kettle, kitchen cupboard and hand sanitiser bottle all dirtier than a toilet seat
New research by leading international brand of professional cleaning materials, Chicopee, has revealed the germ hotspots in Britain's offices (Ed: and we’re assuming that other countries follow suit...).
Covid-19 and the long-term effects of the pandemic has meant that businesses are all becoming more conscious of keeping communal areas safe for workers returning to the office. With many office workers returning to the workplace, at least on a flexible basis over the past few months, it is important to understand the danger areas for harbouring germs and bacteria.
Nominations sought for 2021 Cintas SHINE Award honouring professional housekeepers
Housekeeping professionals are the key to guest satisfaction in hotels and other hospitality properties. To recognise the hardworking individuals who keep rooms, lobbies and other areas clean, Cintas Corporation has this week announced the launch of the 2021 Cintas SHINE (Star Housekeepers In a New Era) Award.
The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and additional prizes for their property, including:
Imperial startup developing hygiene-verification technology raises £625,000
FreshCheck, a startup developing colour-change tools for hygiene verification, has raised £625,000 seed investment from investors including the Imperial College Innovation Fund, reports Gavin Reed.
Founded by Imperial PhD alumni Dr John Simpson and Dr Alex Bond, FreshCheck creates intuitive tools for confirming hygiene in a range of markets such as food, hospitality and healthcare. On application to a surface, the technology, which uses iron-dye interaction, appears purple. If it changes colour, then the surface is contaminated with either bacteria or food residue and must be cleaned again.
Bunzl to acquire US-based safety business and healthcare distributor in Australasia
Bunzl has entered into agreements to acquire a US-based safety business and a medical supplies distributor with operations in Australia and Singapore
McCue Corporation, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a leading business in the distribution of safety and asset protection solutions, and provides Bunzl with a strong position in this fast-growing market segment.
Vectair playing its part in fighting climate change
Climate change is an increasingly important topic in the minds of world leaders as we prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.
Vectair Systems has been acting to help combat global warming for a while now. Its intention as an innovator is to develop new technology to revolutionise the hygiene industry and to provide the best possible solutions whilst being as environmentally-friendly as possible.
CK Consumables to exhibit at Infection Prevention Society (IPS) Annual Conference and Exhibition 27 - 29 September 2021
CK Consumables, the supplies division of leading cleaning and specialised healthcare deep cleaning contractor CK Group, will be exhibiting at this year's Infection Prevention Conference, held in Liverpool.
A significantly important year for the NHS and the world, the packed conference programme discusses Covid-19 epidemiology, Hospital Acquired SARS-CoV-2 infection, the dangers of measles re-emergence, other infections during a pandemic, what we can learn from other countries and other viruses, and much, much more.
WorkWave to acquire TEAM Software
WorkWave, a provider of SaaS solutions that support every stage of a service business's life cycle, has signed an agreement to purchase TEAM Software, a leading global provider of software and solutions for cleaning, janitorial, security, and facilities management service providers. The acquisition is expected to close at the end of September.
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Recent UK News
Soapbox: Halting the race to the bottom
It's time for cleaning to stand firm. CEO of Cleanology, Dominic Ponniah, argues that we need to value ourselves and shout about our achievements.
“Cleaning is an industry of two extremes. On one hand, our top businesses focus on quality of service and staff recognition; at the other end, contracts are decided on price. While these two poles are unlikely to meet, the gap is widening, and this should concern anyone with the best interests of the cleaning industry at heart."
Build bespoke smart charts in seconds with Jangro
Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has enhanced its award-winning digital wall chart tool with a multi-room function. Users of Jangro's innovative digital wall chart creator can now create bespoke plans for whole buildings, thanks to an exciting new update to the online tool.
Tennant UK to host North West open day
Following a number of popular open days at its Northampton facility pre-lockdown, Tennant UK will soon host its next open day event at its North West facility - on Wednesday 6th October, 09:00 – 15:00.
UK Cleaning Show shaping up nicely
The UK Cleaning Show, initially postponed because of Covid, is starting to shape up nicely with lots planned for the event, which is now scheduled to take place at London's ExCel centre from 2nd - 4th November this year.
Meanwhile in London, some are still using brooms for sweeping. It was great to showcase the alternative, and productivity gains the Xtrema sweeper can provide; the labour-saving over the course of the contract can be quite substantial!
Bio-Productions managing director joins WCEC
Angela Gill, managing director of Bio-Productions, has become a Freeman in the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners this month, after taking an oath at a special ceremony in London. Angela took her oath recently after being nominated by one of her clients.
Principle awarded London Bridge City contract
Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded a three-year contract with London Bridge City for cleaning and window cleaning.
The company will provide a 24/7 cleaning operation across the iconic, 21.5 acre estate, using a dedicated workforce to deliver flexible and sustainable cleaning services.
Matrix announces appointment of new managing director
Matrix Cleaning Systems has appointed Natalie Pownall as its new managing director. Natalie has been working alongside her father Bob Pownall for 16 years and it has come the time that Bob has decided to stand down and pass on the reigns to his daughter.
Events & Exhibitions
21-24th September 2021
ISSA Conference India
21-22nd October 2021
2-4th November 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Cleaning Show
2-4th November 2021
9-11th November 2021
ISSA Show North America
15-18th November 2021
Loo of the Year Awards
3rd December 2021
1-2nd March 2022