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International News

Innovation at Interclean Amsterdam

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With Interclean Amsterdam 2022 in full swing (final day tomorrow), Show visitors have been able to visit the Innovation Lab and take a close look at the entries that made the shortlist in this year's Innovation Awards. They are:

Five ways distributors can turn new customers into steady customers

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Michael Wilson, vice president of AFFLINK, a leading US national network of manufacturers and distributors, writes…

Global citric acid market to grow

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A new report by ResearchandMarkets.com reports that the global citric acid market "is expected to witness a significant growth rate" through 2027. Often used in cleaning products, this white, crystalline, water-soluble, tricarboxylic acid is derived, primarily, from limes and lemons. This makes it a very sustainable natural resource.

Monovac BeFree: the cordless dry vacuum cleaner with the ‘magic’ handle

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Corded vacuum cleaners can be inconvenient: tripping hazards, lack of sockets, time wasted unplugging and plugging in elsewhere, tangled cables… All are a thing of the past with the new Monovac BeFree cordless vacuum cleaner.

Research Award recognises interactions of surfactants with biomimetic Membranes

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Research that could be used for screening and developing new detergents based on biomimetic membranes has been recognised as the best Paper published in 2021 in the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents.

Aeras returns to sanitise and clean Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby

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Spectators and jockeys chomping at the bit for the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby will have a clean and safe experience thanks to Pittsburgh-based drone technology company Aeras.

ACI's Kathleen Stanton appointed to key US Trade Advisory Committee on chemicals

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athleen Stanton, associate vice president, technical & international affairs at the American Cleaning Institute, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services (ITAC 3).

New sanitiser formula to significantly cut carbon footprint

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Pioneering environmental science research company, Genesis Biosciences, has unveiled an enhanced formulation of one of its core cleaning products which further increases the product's sustainability credentials while cutting the company's carbon footprint.

Leading with less: recycled single use wipe delivers superior mechanical cleaning performance, sustainably

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New r-MicronSolo is Vileda Professional's single use cleaning cloth made from 35% recycled materials. Due to its advanced micronfibre technology, it offers effective and rapid cleaning of high-risk areas.

Ecological cleaning brand wins Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development

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Delphis Eco has been honoured for the first time with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development. Incredibly, this is over and above the two Royal Warrants Delphis Eco holds from HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.

ISSA announces alliance with FENASEO to support Colombian cleaning industry

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ISSA has announced a new alliance with Federación Nacional de Empresas de Aseo y Afines, a non-profit organisation promoting cooperation and growth for building service contractors and related industries in Colombia. Beginning 1st May, FENASEO's BSC members will become ISSA members for the following year.

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When the world went into lockdown, we had to quickly adapt to working from home efficiently without work infringing on our home life. We soon learnt how to hold meetings over the Web, either one-to-one or en masse with clients and colleagues, and found ways to prevent sudden interruptions from family and pets, or being caught onscreen inappropriately dressed or with incriminating objects in the background. We missed the physical interaction with colleagues: shared lunches, gossip by the coffee machine, after-work trips to the pub, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties – but these losses were counterbalanced by the relief at not having to commute: to not have to push into an overcrowded train or bus or sit in barely moving traffic in the car for hours each morning, knowing that the same battle faced us when homeward bound. Salespeople told me they missed the enjoyment of meeting up with clients who, over the years, had become friends, or the buzz of striking a deal with a customer on first meeting. They loved not having to spend half their lives on the road though, living out of a suitcase lugged into one hotel after another and eating lunch at the wheel as there wasn’t time to stop. Demonstrating a product or machine wasn’t as easy over the Internet, but over time the technique was perfected and people got by.

I often mused over whether we’d ever go back to the old ways. I felt that with the pollution caused by (and the expense of) commuting, sales trips and business flights, working from home was sensible and I find the UK Government’s push to get us all back into the office at odds with its commitment to tackle environmental issues. Having had to drive in London last week and seeing the problems Mayor Sadiq Khan’s created for motorists: wide cycle tracks sitting beside bus lanes along virtually continuous 20mph zones which mean third gear’s too low and fourth gear’s too high – well I’m normally very calm but after 40 minutes my anger and frustration had reached worrying levels. Go through that every day? Not a cat in hell’s chance!

I’d wondered, because of the way we’ve all changed, where it would leave our industry gatherings – exhibitions and the like. Would they, like the daily commute, die a death? Learning that last week’s Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam managed to attract 25,886 visitors surprised and delighted me. I’d not been able to attend this time around but I’d wondered how many might just not bother, because we’ve got out of the habit of travelling for work. Thank goodness my musings were way off mark!



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This Week's News

Interclean Amsterdam's 4-day reunion last week created cause for celebration

* Interclean-2022.jpgLast Friday Interclean Amsterdam came to an end. With the sun was shining outside over the four days, the atmosphere inside was also sunny, with an international ensemble of 669 exhibitors and an impressive 25,886 visitors from 125 countries making the most of being able to meet each other in person again after a four-year break.

Apart from the focus on a personal reunion, there were plenty of opportunities to do business, experience product innovations and attend the extensive knowledge programme. Particular attention was paid to young talent, cleaning in the healthcare sector and updates for facilities managers.

USD 3.05 billion potential growth in hand hygiene market size, says report

* Potential-Growth-Hand-Hygiene.jpgA new market outlook report titled 'Hand Hygiene Market by End-user and Geography - Forecast and Analysis 2022-2026' has been added to Technavio's catalog.

This recent market analysis report identifies the market to witness a potential growth difference ofUSD 3.05 billion from 2021 to 2026. The hand hygiene market is anticipated to record an accelerating growth momentum at a CAGR of 7.73% during this period.

ACI to Congress: Ensure EPA Chemical Safety Office has necessary funding

* ACI-to-congress.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute is urging congressional leaders to ensure that the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), on whose expertise so many of us rely, receives the funding necessary to ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.

"ACI member companies are committed to ensuring that the public can access cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting products - products that are essential for public health, and that proved critical to combating Covid-19," writes Kathleen Stanton, ACI associate vice president, technical and international affairs.

Reckitt: an Official Partner of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

* Reckitt-Official-Partner-2022-Commonwealth-Games.jpgReckitt has been appointed an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with its Dettol brand serving as the Official Hygiene Partner, and its Durex brand the Official Intimate Wellness Provider.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, set to run from 28th July to 8th August, is a multi-sport event started in 1930. It aims to unite Commonwealth countries with a celebration of sport and human performance.

'The Future of Cleaning' by Hako

* Hako_Citymaster-1650ZE.jpgCleaning technology is fit for the future if it always delivers the best results efficiently, quickly and safely. At Interclean 2022 trade fair visitors experienced live how Hako meets this requirement with a broad product range of individually configurable cleaning machines and autonomous systems for small to large areas.

Every area of application places individual demands on cleaning technology. As an expert in this field, Hako offers the right complete solution for all cleaning tasks: with ergonomic machine concepts for more working comfort and safety, innovative solutions for more cleanliness and digital services for more productivity.

Derek Marsden

* Derek Marsden_142.jpgWe learned last week that cleaning industry stalwart, Derek Marsden, 90, died peacefully on 9th March 2022 at Hutton Manor Care Home in Leeds. His funeral took place in April.

A lecturer at Leeds College of Building until his retirement, Derek trained hundreds of students in the City & Guilds 764 Cleaning Certificate and the British Institute of Cleaning Science's Cleaning Operator Proficiency Certificate.

Natalie Coleman joins Ecoserv Group as sales director

* Natalie-Coleman.jpgSustainable facilities management services specialist Ecoserv Group has appointed Natalie Coleman as sales director as part of its ambitious plans to expand the size and scope of the business. She will head up the company's business development team, bringing extensive soft services and specialist cleaning expertise to the role.

Boasting more than 20 years of experience in facilities management having worked for some of the largest names within the marketplace including Mitie, Interserve and Initial Facilities, most recently Natalie was retention and strategic partnerships manager at TC Facilities Management, and before this, a director of Future Hygiene Services, with particular focus in the specialist data centre industry.

Streamline showcases two complete van set ups at Facilities Show 2022

* Streamline.jpgIf you are attending the Facilities Show in London today and are looking for a cleaning van, the Streamline stand (FM1660) would be worth a visit, as the company is showcasing two complete van setups to the cleaning industry.

"We are excited to have on the stand a Citroën Relay high pressure and window cleaning van and a Citroën Dispatch window cleaning van, to show existing and potential customers our new technologies and to illustrate the applications that they can be used in," says Director Jason Scott.

Human factors in accident and incident investigations

* Human-Factors.jpgManaging human failures is essential to prevent major accidents, occupational accidents and ill health, all of which can cost businesses money, reputation and potentially their continued existence.

A two-day course being staged next month by the Health & Safety Executive will provide an impartial and pragmatic understanding of some of the techniques available for investigating Human Factors issues.

Cintas crowns Custodian of the Year 2022

After nearly 90,000 votes were cast, Cintas Corporation has crowned Lydell Henderson, of Presidential Park Elementary School in Middletown, New York, * COTY-2022.jpgwinner of the 2022 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest. Lydell was honoured by over 1,500 students and staff in a surprise ceremony at the school and will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Cintas.

"This contest showcases the unique stories of hardworking custodians throughout the country who deserve recognition for their dedication to their profession," says Christiny Betsch, marketing manager, Cintas. "The community at Presidential Park Elementary School clearly thinks the world of Mr Henderson, who we're honoured to recognise for his achievements."

Richard Irvin FM wins £670M worth of new projects in Scotland and North Of England

* Richard-Irvin-FM.jpgRichard Irvin FM (RIFM) has won a series of new clients in Scotland and the North of England. The contracts and frameworks cover its housing, mobile, managed services and project divisions, with a combined value of over £670 million.

The wins underpin a strong business performance for RIFM so far in 2022, thanks to long-term relationships with over 170 customers across all of its divisions, many of which have been using its services for over five years.

BioVate Hygienics launches with pledge to become country's best sustainable and carbon neutral cleaning product brand

* BioVate-Hygienics.jpgBioVate Hygienics has launched with a bold pledge to establish itself as the country's 'go to' brand for sustainable and carbon neutral cleaning products.

The company has been co-founded by experienced environmental entrepreneur Nick Winstone (right) with a vision to adopt cutting edge innovation to deliver the next generation of biological cleaning products, with the lowest environmental impact packaging.

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Recent UK News

Jangro's ntrl range verified by The Vegan Society

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angro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, tells us that ntrl, its innovative range of natural cleaning products, is registered with The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark.

SOAPBOX: The rising cost of raw materials and energy

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The rising cost of raw materials and energy is creating a perfect opportunity for unscrupulous providers of cleaning & hygiene products, writes Lorcan Mekitarian, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association

The importance of maintaining high standards in a cleaning business

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Hygiene and cleanliness have never been so important to us all, but it was the pandemic that highlighted the growing awareness we have for the need to keep our indoor environments clean.

Local litter picks highlight litter still a big issue

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A shameful statistic from Ted Talk 'Plastic Rehab' shows that over 80% of litter in Britain has been discarded purposefully; litter that costs around £500 million every year to clean up. Cromwell Polythene is continuing to play its part in Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean - even during the pandemic with socially-distanced litter picks.

Mitie showcases latest innovation with launch of Cleaning & Hygiene Centre of Excellence

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Mitie has launched a new Cleaning an&d Hygiene Centre of Excellence in Birmingham to showcase the latest products and service innovations in the cleaning industry. Featuring a broad range of science and technology, the Centre demonstrates how the Science of Service can ensure the highest cleaning standards, while limiting the impact the sector has on the environment.

Incentive FM creates smiles & breathes kindness at Cribbs Causeway

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Incentive FM has won a new three-year contract with CBRE at Cribbs Causeway, one of the South West of England’s premier shopping destinations.

Ex-Rainbow International MD joins Clearway as group sales director

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The Clearway Group has appointed Ex-Rainbow International managing director Nick Revell to the position of UK group sales director, which means he will take overall responsibility for the growth leadership of all of the Group’s UK business units.

Waste crime in England becomes more lucrative

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Government does not have the data it needs to assess the scale of waste crime in England, and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, according to a report by the National Audit Office, published yesterday.

Council pairs safety app with wearable V.BTTN device to protect lone workers

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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, a local authority in County Durham, has partnered with lone worker safety specialist StaySafe, to ensure that lone working employees can get help in an emergency at the push of a button through the StaySafe Lone Worker app on their mobile devices, or via the wearable V.BTTN device.

Cleanology joins Living Wage leadership group

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Cleanology CEO Dominic Ponniah has joined the Living Wage Foundation's Recognised Service Provider (RSP) Leadership Group. The group acts to encourage wider take-up of fair pay, and to make the accreditation scheme more effective.

Incentive FM renews contract with Royal Shakespeare Company

Incentive FM has renewed its contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company - the world's best-known theatre company. Everything the RSC does begins at its workshops and theatres, situated in the historical destination of Stratford-Upon-Avon, before being shared around the world.

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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