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International News

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

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Last 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.

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

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A 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.

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

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The 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.

Reckitt: an Official Partner of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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Reckitt 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 Future of Cleaning' by Hako

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Cleaning 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.

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.

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From our personal experiences, John Austen and I are well aware just how tough it is to be involved in organising and fronting exhibitions and conferences and ensure that not only do they go according to plan but that those who attend – either as an exhibitor or a visitor – enjoy themselves, have everything they need while they’re there and come away feeling that their money and time have been well spent. I couldn’t help but smile at this picture of Robert Stelling (left), Jos van den Berg (centre) with Rob den Hertog who between them have looked after us all so well at Interclean, Amsterdam. Jos was ‘head honcho’ when I first attended more than 30 years ago; he was succeeded by Rob who’s just enjoyed his last Interclean Amsterdam before he fully retires at the end of May, (enjoy it Rob!) having handed over the reins in 2021 to Robert. “For me last week was very special,” says Rob. “It was busy, full of meetings, full of new products and an extensive knowledge program with presentations and demonstrations, but above all it was fun! It is almost impossible to describe the energy you could feel during the show.” Everything a show needs then!

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This morning I’m heading to London for another event where the buzz is exciting and tangible – the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards. I can’t wait to applaud those who will be there representing the winning teams and thank them for the great job they’re doing in keeping our environment clean and hygienic. And while applause and Awards are wonderful, I feel we mustn’t lose sight of our need to keep these folk ‘fed and watered’. Some of the companies that have impressed the Awards judges are recognised by the Living Wage Foundation for paying their employees a wage based on the cost of living, rather than something reflecting our Government’s National Minimum Wage - which is generally inadequate for those with rent to pay or a mortgage to service. With the way inflation’s increasing, it will be interesting to learn how our cleaning contractors are planning to keep pace and ensure that they can continue to pay their employees a Living Wage when their clients will be desperate to cut costs. Worrying times ahead, eh?



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This Week's News

Cleaning staff deserve more respect

* Cleaning-staff-respect.jpgSue Gray, the Second Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office, has finally reported on the findings of her investigation into what has been dubbed 'Partygate', and while we were expecting her to dish the dirt about MPs' flouting the rules they put in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we didn't expect to learn that the cleaners had not been treated with respect either. Included in the 37-page report is Sue's statement that:

UK business sustainability efforts: learning from the world’s most environmentally conscious countries

UK-Business-Sustainability-Efforts.jpgThere is simply no hiding that our planet is under great pressure. From rising sea levels to increasingly turbulent temperatures across the globe and pollution aplenty, the wellbeing of our environment is in danger.

In this respect, governments around the world are taking action to limit damages to our surroundings. The UK, for instance, has already begun its race towards a legally binding net zero target, which must be reached by 2050. To start with, and to stay on track, Britain has to halve its emissions by 2030.

CHSA launches Roadmap to Sustainability: Green & Black's co-founder is keynote speaker at first Roadmap webinar

* CHSA-Roadmap-Sustainability-Jo-Fairly.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has formally launched its Roadmap to Sustainability, announcing the first webinar - 'Sustainability and the Cleaning Industry', which will take place at 10.30 on Wednesday, 29th June.

"Sustainability is one of the biggest issues facing our sector and it is one of the most complex," argues CHSA chair, Lorcan Mekitarian. "Identifying the best way forward and making the right environmentally and ethically sustainable choices is challenging. It's particularly tough when set in the context of day-to-day commercial pressures and the current huge escalation in the cost of energy. Our Roadmap to Sustainability is designed to help members move in the right direction, whatever their starting position."

Dr Deborah Birx to Keynote inaugural GBAC Symposium in Chicago

* GBAC-symposium.jpgThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has secured Dr Deborah Birx, world-renowned medical physician, infectious disease expert and diplomat, as keynote speaker at the GBAC Symposium on Air Considerations, August 16th-17th, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The inaugural GBAC Symposium will bring together scientists and industry thought leaders to share innovations and best practices for improving indoor air quality in non-healthcare settings.

Clean the World expands global Hospitality Recycling Program in UK

* Clean-the-World.jpgClean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability, is expanding its Hospitality Recycling Program and Soap Saves Lives Box Program in the UK as it aims to tackle the global issue of plastic pollution and hygiene insecurity abroad.

For the last 13 years, Clean the World has partnered with the hotel industry to recycle soap and bottled amenities in the US, Montreal, Hong Kong, Punta Cana and Amsterdam.

Flying High: Could drones help address the delivery crisis?

* Flying-high.jpgThe UK has been experiencing a shortage of delivery drivers in recent years. So much so, that Amazon enticed part-time workers with up to £3,000 in incentives to ensure this didn't affect profits during the festive period.

As well as this, according to the Road Haulage Association, the industry was short of more than 100,000 HGV drivers in June 2021. This was due to a number of factors, from barriers to obtaining a licence to the introduction of Brexit.

New car washing new alliance ‘Made In Italy’

* NEW-ALLIANCE.jpgVicenza-based SpareWash, which boasts more than over 50 years of experience in car washing systems, has formed an alliance with Padua-based Idrobase Group, the pressurised water technologies specialist.

Aqualution scoops 'Best New Product' Award

* Aqualution-scoops.jpgScottish Borders-based hypochlorous manufacturer, Aqualution, has scooped a top accolade at the Business Insider Made In Scotland Awards last week for its hypochlorous acid based gel which is spearheading a revolution in infection control.

The Awards ceremony was held last week at the Glasgow Science Centre, sponsored by Scottish Business Insider and the National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland and hosted by Scottish comedian Sanjeev Kohli, with Aqualution facing stiff competition from technology firm Stamp Free and drinks brand Savora.

Dyson for Business and Welcome Break partner to boost sustainability and hygiene in motorway services washrooms

* Dyson-Welcome-Break.jpgGlobal research and technology company Dyson for Business, and the UK's leading motorway service provider Welcome Break, have announced details of a recent partnership which is helping Welcome Break deliver its sustainability goals by using the latest washroom technology.

The company has installed over 450 Dyson Airblade 9kJ low energy hand dryers across its 44 service areas and 31 hotels in the UK. Each hand dryer uses only a sixth of the energy of conventional dryers, corresponding to 9.1 kilojoules of energy per use, and captures 99.95% of particles through its HEPA filter - helping Welcome Break's 85 million annual visitors dry their hands hygienically and efficiently.

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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.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
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7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


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13-14th March 2024

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