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International News

Michael Damiana to lead MicroCare’s global sourcing efforts

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MicroCare, which manufactures environmentally progressive chemistries and tools used in critical cleaning, has appointed Michael Damiana director of global supply chain.

Mike brings with him more than 20 years of experience in sourcing and supply chain management.

Oxonox reveals game changing performance of its lift and escalator sterilisation solutions

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UK tech firm, Oxonox, has revealed the results of its revolutionary AirLift and AirStair products.

Designed to restore the public's confidence in post-pandemic hygiene and drive footfall, Oxonox’s two controlled plasma sterilisation solutions have demonstrated that they provide round-the-clock protection against viruses and bacteria, reducing the microbiological load continually by 90% on average, both in the air and on surfaces, outside of laboratory conditions.

Clean Planet Energy secures supply agreement with plastics recycling giant, KW Plastics

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Clean Planet Energy's North American division has announced a long term agreement with one of the world's largest recyclers of HDPE and PP rigid plastic, KW Plastics.

The agreement will provide plastic scrap to Clean Planet's new ecoPlant, to be built in Alabama, and means that up to 20,000 tons of plastic residue generated at the current KW Plastics facility in Alabama will be turned into reusable circular products, rather than being sent to landfill.

Nova from Kennedy Hygiene - the perfect solution for maximum hygiene

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Nova is the next generation of sanitary units from Kennedy Hygiene. Following in the footsteps of the Intima range, this is a further improved market leading unit that embodies exceptional functionality, quality, and unique service-friendly features.

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches 100% bio-based and recyclable core plug for hand towel range

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has introduced 100% bio-based and recyclable core plugs in its Scott and Kleenex hand towel ranges across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Start your double-sided cleaning journey now with UltraFlex Duo - system that can easily be adapted to your needs and requirements

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The UltraFlex DUO system is Vileda Professional’s efficient new mopping system. In comparison to regular mops, the UltraFlex DUO can be used double-sided, resulting in a more time efficient floor cleaning.

Brightwell extends versatile dispenser systems and strengthens R & D programme during its 75th year

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Brightwell Dispensers, a global designer and manufacturer of soap, paper, and chemical dilution and dosing systems, marks its 75th anniversary this year.

During 2022, it has continued to extend and enhance its product offering, focused on helping customers with their evolving cleaning & hygiene needs.

CleanWell to develop plant-based cleaning solutions for CPG brands, contract manufacturers & industrial supply companies

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CleanWell, a provider of plant-based household cleaning products for nearly two decades, announced on Tuesday a strategic business shift to focus exclusively on developing custom green disinfecting sprays and wipes for B2C and B2B partners.

Ineos Hygienics new campaign fronted by Formula One seven-time world champion

Ineos Hygienics has collaborated with Formula One legend, Lewis Hamilton, to lead a national campaign called #Limitless.

Known for his endless drive, the aptly dubbed campaign shows the Seven-Time World Champion amongst an infinite series of reflections - positioned to dramatise what life could look like with limitless potential, through staying fit and healthy.

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Well that one came up to bite me on the backside, as we say in the UK and other parts of the English speaking world! Little did I know when I wrote, this time last week, about our need to wash and dry our hands thoroughly to combat the rising cases of Covid-19, that I’d managed to catch the thing for a second time. Writing in Cleanzine that my message to myself would be to ‘take more care’ – well – I’m surprised I didn’t hear a ‘ho ho ho’ over my shoulder. Yes I know it’s not ALL about handwashing but it certainly helps! I’m pleased to report that I’m not nearly as bad as I was last Summer and that I appear to be on the mend already. 
I’d spent most of the previous night up and wide awake as my daughter, (who on her way to visit had sat alongside a rail passenger with an obvious cold) was admitted to hospital having suffered a dangerously elevated resting heart rate for several hours - the Covid-19 symptoms she was suffering being of secondary concern. She’d been asked to do a Covid test before I took her to hospital and this proved negative. Knowing what we do about how inaccurate these tests can be, I was surprised that a further test wasn’t carried out by hospital staff, since her bed was in a ‘Covid Isolation area’. A change in protocol perhaps? 
I asked her this morning about her perception of the cleaning practices (she’s an ex-cleaner) and her response was that everything was very clean but that she’d felt sorry for a cleaner who was hobbling around emptying bins while suffering from a bad back. That’s dedication for you… She also said that a cleaner came in immediately she left the following morning, to make the room clean and safe for the next occupant. Her other point was that she was impressed that the washroom had been designed to be easy to clean but that sadly there wasn’t any handwash for at least six hours. I asked if she’d reported it and she said “No”. That really surprised me too, bearing in mind the comments I often make about the general public needing to take responsibility when it comes to our washrooms: Leave it as you would wish to find it! I embarrassed her with a ‘well there you go then’ look, which was duly acknowledged, but I’m now wondering how many others may have reported a lack of soap – if any – or whether it had been reported long before she arrived and nothing had been done to rectify the problem?



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This Week's News

ACI strengthens meetings and communications teams

* ACI-Strengthens.jpgThe American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the cleaning products supply chain, has announced the appointment of Catherine Anderson as meetings and convention coordinator and Natalie D'Apolito as communications and outreach coordinator.

Catherine will provide support to the meetings and membership departments, enhancing the coordination of ACI's member meetings including ACI's annual Convention and Mid-Year Meeting.

ISSA Show North America celebrates Innovation Awards winners

* ISSA-alternative.jpgThe ISSA Show North America Innovation Awards program recognises the latest advancements in the commercial, institutional and residential cleaning industry, so the winners of the 2022 Awards, announced at the Show last week, have something to celebrate.

"In the last few years, the cleaning industry has faced unprecedented challenges," says Director ISSA Show North America Amie Gilmore. "However, it has also been presented with many opportunities to innovate. This year's awards recipients are dedicated to sustainability, elevating the industry and advancing cleaning for health." They are:

Organisations honoured at ISSA Sustainability Recognition ceremony

* ISSA-Sustainability-Recognition.jpgSeveral ISSA member organisations were awarded annual Green2Sustainable Recognition Plaques at the recent ISSA Show, having ably demonstrated their commitment to sustainability.

The companies being honoured for 2022 are:

Cleaning software providers from Belgium and the Netherlands join forces

* Cleaning-software-providers.jpgButtons For Cleaners, a market leader in software for cleaning companies in Belgium, and FacilityApps, a market leader in apps for cleaners in the Netherlands, are becoming one company. The management of Buttons For Cleaners will transfer the managerial responsibility in a gradual step-by-step approach to the management of FacilityApps.

The team in Belgium will continue to work from its base in Ghent.

Hat-trick of new recruits aim to boost Biovate Hygienics’ growth

* Bioviate-Hygienics.jpgPioneering Biovate Hygienics, which launched this year with a pledge to become the country's 'go to' brand for sustainable and carbon neutral cleaning products, has announced a trio of new hires to help propel it into its next stage of growth.

Kierran Bates (pictured left), aged 21, recently joined the company with the objective of him evolving into a sales role after learning the ropes in an office-based support position. Kierran impressed his new employers with the many and diverse roles and skill sets he had developed in hospitality work, tiling, administration, e-commerce and even renovating a camper van to allow him to explore the length and breadth of the UK.

Sustainability, cobotics and hygiene habits: Cleaning Show London 2023 to highlight latest trends and technologies transforming the industry

* Cleaning-show-for-2023.jpgOver the past two years, the cleaning industry has been thrown into the spotlight, and has proudly and professionally taken a frontline position as it demonstrates best practice in cleaning and sanitation processes.

At the same time, consumers and business owners have developed a growing appreciation of the industry's role in keeping people and places safe. With the pandemic firmly in the rear view mirror, and the 'new normal' transitioning into a familiar rhythm, the continued importance of enhanced cleaning regimes is clear.

Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight, Evonik execs to speak at 2023 ACI Convention Industry Leadership Panel

* ACI-speakers.jpgExecutives from Bradford Soap, Church & Dwight and Evonik will discuss how they are navigating through unpredictable economic swings and global unrest, which can drastically impact marketplace success, during the Industry Leadership Panel at the 2023 American Cleaning Institute Industry Convention.

The panellists will also discuss how they have charted their organisations' paths during the past year and their plans to confront future headwinds.

Velair now boasts Planet Mark

* Planet-Mark.jpgVelair Group is understandably proud to announce that it has achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification; an internationally recognised sustainability certification.

“We have achieved this by measuring and reporting our carbon footprint, and have committed to take responsibility for our carbon emissions, in order to have a positive impact through our business, in this movement for a more sustainable future,” explains managing director Matt Anderson.

First Mile launches Return & Recycle service for hard-to-recycle items

* First-Mile.jpgBusinesses and workplaces throughout the UK can now help to power the circular economy thanks to the launch of First Mile's Return & Recycle - a low-cost recycling scheme that focuses on making it easy to return items that are traditionally tricky to recycle.

Launched to coincide with Recycle Week (17th - 23rd October) First Mile's Return & Recycle is a simple, yet highly effective recycling service for businesses and workplaces of all types and sizes, from indie coffee shops to large office blocks.

Comac's new CA Atex explosion-proof industrial vacuum cleaners suit dust zone 22 use

* Comec.jpgCA Atex industrial vacuum cleaners minimise the risk of explosions in potentially hazardous atmospheres and have been designed to vacuum dust with a potential low risk of explosion.

Explosion-proof and ATEX-certified for dust zone 22, they can be safely used in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector, bakeries, flour and grain mills, cereals and wood pellet warehouses, metallurgical companies and mines.

Christie adds CounterAct UR10 to line of commercial UVC disinfection light fixtures for occupied indoor spaces

* Christie-CounterAct.jpgAs we continue to see relaxed Covid-19 restrictions - leaving the onus of safety in the hands of business operators, owners and facilities managers - global visual technologies company Christie has introduced its newest CE- and UL- certified commercial UVC-LED disinfection light fixture for occupied, indoor spaces.

Liverpool’s new underground bin scheme ‘first of its kind in the UK’

* Liverpool-scheme.jpgAn innovative scheme launched in Liverpool, to retrofit waste collection in built-up urban areas, is the first of its kind in the UK. The scheme will see cavernous receptacles placed in 90 locations, set within high-density residential areas, many of which will replace some of the existing temporary communal bins.

The scheme has been designed to create a cleaner waste solution for 27,000 terraced households, in hundreds of inner-city streets, which do not have the space to use a wheelie bin.

AHCP recognises Sodexo at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton as Outstanding

* AHCP-Sodexo.jpgSodexo's team at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton was named the ‘Outstanding Team of the Year’ at the 2022 Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) Awards recently.

Sodexo's 106-strong team provides the soft services for the hospital's five main wards as well as the out-patients and mental health unit.

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Recent UK News

MBE awarded to leading cleaning industry figure

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Kim Phillips, a leading figure in the cleaning & hygiene industry, has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace.

Local family business couple celebrate a combined 116 years of service

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Sussex-based cleaning, hygiene and healthcare products business Wightman & Parrish is celebrating more than 100 years of combined service for married couple, Michael and Pam Parrish.

Products still make a splash after 25 years

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Renowned cleaning products manufacturer, Bio Productions, is celebrating 25 years since its market-leading Biological Urinal Blocks first made a splash.

Time Out for Mike

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After 37 years in the cleaning industry, Mike Osiadacz, sales director for Matrix Cleaning Systems for the past 10 years, has decided to take retirement. Those who know Mike - and there will be many who do, will know that for the past 23 years he has been involved with steam cleaning equipment… Something that he has been very passionate about and evident when he is presenting and demonstrating.

New dates announced for postponed APPG inquiry

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The remaining two sessions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry inquiry into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic will take place on 11th October and 18th October (both Tuesdays).

BICSc Annual Awards 2022 winners revealed

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Outstanding achievements and standards of excellence within the professional cleaning industry were celebrated and recognised at the 2022 British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards last week.

Jangro marks milestone in Sorrento

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UK & Ireland distribution giant Jangro officially marked its 40th birthday in September, after the outbreak of Covid-19 halted celebrations in 2020.

OSCFM announces multi-million pound five-year deal with London's leading serviced office space provider

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Office Space Cleaning & Facilities Management, a leading workspace cleaning & hygiene firm, together with Office Space in Town (OSiT), one of London's leading flexible and serviced office space providers, have announced the start of a new multi-million-pound five-year contract.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


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


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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