*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 26th January 2023 Issue no. 1049

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International News

Vectair welcomes Claire Reid as head of marketing innovation & portfolio management

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Vectair Systems, a leading supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, is growing in talent as it continues to pursue industry innovation. Its latest recruit is Claire Reid, head of marketing innovation and portfolio management, who has widespread experience in marketing and new product development, with previous roles at SharkNinja and Conair.

New negative air machine offers quick and safe way to clean ducts

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Goodway Technologies has introduced the ultimate companion to its rotary duct cleaner with the AQ-V-4A Hi Flow Negative Air Machine - a powerful air machine that offers the latest technology to deliver intense negative pressure in air ducts to capture virtually all debris.

Christeyns makes landmark acquisition in Ireland

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Christeyns UK, international laundry and hygiene specialist, has completed the acquisition of Gannon Chemicals based in Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland.

Autodrome of Modena’s RCM sweeper still a winner 10 years on

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Our picture shows the RCM 1250 City sweeper, purchased in 2012 and still used daily for cleaning the Modena racetrack.

RJN trigger sprays colour-coded and recycled too!

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RJN's new colour-coded trigger spray bottles are made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled plastics.

Seven sustainability trends that will impact cleaning industry in 2023

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Steve Ashkin of The Ashkin Group, an internationally recognised consulting firm working to green the professional cleaning industry, believes that 2023 is going to be a pivotal year for the professional cleaning industry when it comes to sustainability.

Spanish exports of professional cleaning and hygiene products grow by 3.59% from January to September 2022

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ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, tells us that overseas sales of professional cleaning & hygiene products increased by 3.59% in value from January to September 2022 and that Spanish exports reached 800 million euros over this period. In volume, overseas sales fell by 3.08%.

RAS launches latest ‘Guide to Better Public Toilet Design & Maintenance’

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RAS, the Restroom Association of Singapore, used the country’s recent 14th LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards to launch the fifth edition of ‘A Guide to Better Public Toilet Design & Maintenance’.

Integrating sustainability into warehouse processes and technologies

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The journey to net zero is accelerating for logistics organisations, supported by the introduction of low-emission schemes and an increase in sustainable technology developments.

Welcome to the Cleanzine


Living within the perimeter of the M25 motorway which circles London and its outskirts, means local car journeys to shops or countryside walks, or to access the M25 itself, have me crossing briefly into parts of Greater London without a second thought. Although I’m lucky enough to drive an ‘Ultra Low Emission Zone’ compliant car, I’m angered by London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to ignore thousands of people’s concerns and expand the ULEZ  zone throughout Greater London. How does he think tradespeople and other small businesses living or operating around the expanded zone - or who have to drive across it to visit clients way out of London, will cope if they can’t afford to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the £12.50 daily ‘fine’ for non-compliance? Like many of us they’re struggling to cope with significant rises in inflation and operating costs and these charges will only exacerbate the issues. While price increases may cover the costs, these will only work if customers can afford to pay extra. I fear that hundreds of businesses will be forced to close.

Some tradespeople working in the current ULEZ zone have resorted to lugging heavy toolbags and equipment around on the tube, but tubes don’t adequately cover the expanded zone and aren’t an option for those who need to cross briefly into the zone to travel further afield. Or a window cleaner with a ladder, or a carpet & upholstery cleaning professional, for that matter.

People all around the M25’s interior are angry about the decision, which like so many other new city road schemes, doesn’t seem to have been thought through. My own MP is against it and appears to subtly support the handful of councils refusing to erect the CCTV cameras required to police it. I’m with him on that one! 

New figures from Auto Trader show that van operators will struggle to buy compliant vehicles in time for the zone’s expansion on 29th August. Logistics UK, which represents 18,000+ transport industry companies, says supply chain issues have caused new van registrations in 2022 to be at their lowest since 2013 and that the introduction of more clean air zones around the country has intensified demand for Euro-6 vehicles and raised prices for second hand purchases too. It’s asking for those who can demonstrate that they have ordered - or plan to order - a compliant vehicle, to remain exempt from additional charges should they not receive delivery in time. While I support this stance, I fear it doesn’t go nearly far enough. I’d like the expansion to be scrapped.



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This Week's News

Goodway Technologies promotes Evan Reyes to global sanitation solution sales lead

* Evan-Reyes_Goodway.jpgIndustrial maintenance and cleaning/sanitation solutions specialist Goodway Technologies, has promoted Evan Reyes to global director of sales for its sanitation division.

WFBSC announces Global Executive Summit roster of speakers

* WFBSC_Douglas-Cooke.jpgThe World Federation of Building Service Contractors has confirmed its line-up of speakers for the Global Executive Summit (GES), 14th ' 15th March 2023 in London, in conjunction with the London Cleaning Show.

The 2023 event features one day of sessions covering topics including Executive Leadership during times of uncertainty and ESG/Sustainability, specific to the contract cleaning and facilities maintenance industry. The format of the program will include a mix of lectures, case study exercises, panels and networking events featuring experts, academics, industry CEOs and customer perspectives.

Phs Greenleaf appoints Stephen Dieppe as managing director

* Phs-Greenleaf_Stephen-Dieppe.jpgPhs Greenleaf has announced Stephen Dieppe as its managing director after four years with the group.

Stephen joined the Phs Group in 2018 as head of sales for hotel, retail and catering in the hygiene division, before being promoted to sales director for Phs Greenleaf in 2020.

Industry experts and senior stakeholders meet to discuss taking APPG report forward

* Industry-experts-APPG.jpgKey representatives from across the cleaning & hygiene and public health sectors have taken part in a high-level meeting to discuss the recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry.

Some 20 industry experts joined the roundtable meeting in London to discuss the findings of the inquiry, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', and how to respond to, and take forward, the recommendations.

Greenteck Global to increase European production as part of ongoing sustainability advances

* Greentek.jpgGreenTeck Global has resolved to increase its European manufacturing base by 200% by the end of 2023 as part of a suite of sustainability resolutions.

The move will see the hygiene technology innovator boost the number of its eco-friendly products made in Europe from 25% to 75% by the end of the year, of which 60% will be manufactured in the UK.

Sustainability tops most important customer demands for cleaning businesses in 2023

* Sustainability_Alastair-Scott.jpgAlmost four in five cleaning businesses say that sustainability will be of greatest importance to their customers in 2023 - an increase of over 25% from last year.

The data, revealed by cleaning equipment manufacturer and distributor, Robert Scott, shows that 78% of cleaning businesses surveyed expect the sustainability of their products and business practices to top the list of their customers' priorities this year.

The Cleaning Show 2023 to focus on latest industry trends with stellar line up of leading suppliers and manufacturers

* The-Cleaning-Show-2023.jpgWith commuters returning to the workplace hitting a post-pandemic high, expectations of a cleaner, safer, and more hygienic working environment mean the responsibilities of cleaning and hygiene professionals and facilities managers across the country have intensified.

In light of this, the UK's leading event for the cleaning & hygiene industry, The Cleaning Show 2023 has announced some of the industry's leading suppliers and manufacturers that are confirmed to exhibit when the event returns to the ExCeL, London from 14th -16th March 2023.

CHSA's Guarantee extended to quality of office bin liners

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ASFEL continues to build on export growth

* ASFEL_OCT22.jpgAccording to data from ASFEL, the National Association of Spanish Cleaning & Hygiene Products Manufacturers, Spanish exports of products for the professional cleaning and hygiene sector grew by 7.01% in November 2022, compared to the previous month.

New solar farm to provide Devon waste treatment works with 30 years of clean energy

* Devon.jpgA new solar farm is set to provide clean energy for a waste treatment works in Devon for the next 30 years.

The 16.5-acre farm in Brixham will provide 2MW of power for the adjacent treatment works and will feed back into the grid any surplus energy generated.

Spotless grows UK footprint with English acquisitions

* Spotless-grows.jpgSpotless Commercial Cleaning has announced the acquisition of two rivals south of the border, which has significantly bolstered its annual revenues and widened its UK customer base.

The Edinburgh-headquartered company has taken over the Manchester-based Purity Group, purchasing its assets out of administration. The move further builds the North West England footprint for Spotless, which has had a Manchester and dedicated team operating within the region for over a decade.

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Recent UK News

2022 London Housekeeper of the Year Award winner announced

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TidyChoice, online platform offering home cleaning and childcare services for London residents, has announced that Marlucy Magalhaes, a central London resident, has won its 2022 Housekeeper of the Year Award.

Ecoserv Group wins Gold at Green Apple Awards

Ecoserv Group, claimed to be the largest family-owned provider of sustainable facilities management in the UK, was a Gold winner at the Green Apple Awards for Environment Best Practice 2022.

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