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International News

Innovation driver CMS Berlin under new project management

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From 19th through 22nd September 2023, the cleaning industry will be coming together live again at CMS Berlin, Europe's highly popular trade fair for the cleaning & hygiene market. For CMS, the year has begun under new project management. After 14 years in her post, Heike Hemmer is retiring and handing over project management to Ruth Senitz.

Three arrested in suspected PPE fraud worth millions

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Three people, including a husband and wife, have been arrested in a National Crime Agency investigation linked to international Personal Protective Equipment fraud.

Five ways to slow surging spread of Norovirus

Norovirus is in full swing in the US this Winter. While the number of cases hit historic lows during the pandemic, now it's behind us, experts believe 2023 may be a record year for cases. Likewise flu in the UK and other parts of the world.

ISSA Pulire presents two competitions to animate three-day show in Milan

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Registrations are open for the two competitions that will take place during the 26th edition of ISSA Pulire:

Xenex Makes De Novo Petition to FDA re. LightStrike UV room disinfection technology

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Xenex Disinfection Services, a world leader in UV disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, has filed a De Novo petition with the US Food & Drug Administration for medical device market authorisation of its LightStrike+ ultraviolet room disinfection technology.

Visitor Registrations are open for ISSA Pulire 2023

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Registration is open for ISSA Pulire 2023, the international trade fair dedicated to the professional cleaning and sanitation sector, which is taking place at Fiera Milano, Italy, from 9th to 11th May. 
Aimed at cleaning professionals, manufacturers, distributors, service and facilities management companies, users and end customers, the event will showcase the best in professional cleaning, disinfestation, laundry, integrated services and maintenance.

Strategic distribution deal takes Polygiene into booming Asian market

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Polygiene Group, Swedish manufacturer of Polygiene BioMaster antimicrobial additives and other Polygiene Product Protection technologies, has signed a new distribution deal with Indian partner N9WTPL.

SUPA produces plastic-free paper bottles for laundry and washing up liquids

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SUPA has produced plastic-free paper bottles for laundry and washing up liquids under the Eco-mate brand, the composition of which it believes is a world first.

Goodway Technologies promotes Evan Reyes to global sanitation solution sales lead

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Industrial 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

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The 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.

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

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

Sustainability tops most important customer demands for cleaning businesses in 2023

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Almost 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.

ASFEL continues to build on export growth

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According 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.

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I can’t get my head around the idea that despite 88% of us knowing that flushing wet wipes down the toilet is wrong, 22% of us confess to flushing them anyway! Is it a case of: ‘Well, just one won’t cause harm, surely?’ not realising that if everyone else thinks that way, we have a huge, collective problem? The ‘Bin the Wipe’ campaign launched this week by Water UK aims to change our behaviour. Having seen first-hand the damage careless flushing can cause, and being aware of the bathroom manufacturing industry’s drive to create water-saving products, (which means that often, less of what we're attempting to flush away, is dealt with efficiently) I hope it’s a success (you can read more about it below). This picture, courtesy of New York-based https://www.flushwash.org shows a less congealed version of the fatberg featured further down the page, but as you can imagine, both types can cause havoc whether they end up dispersing into our waterways or simply blocking up the pipework. Wet wipes are the biggest cause of pipe-blocking fatbergs, with 75% of blockages due to flushed wet wipes. Just imagine the 300,000 sewer blockages a year in the UK, which cost £100 million to clear, on a global level! 

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I feel that for ‘Bin the Wipe’ to have maximum impact, we also need to talk about the ‘deadly duo’ – the lethal mix of fats/oils and wet wipes, with the fats/oils melding the wipes together with other debris until what could have been a minor blockage becomes a major one. So many of us are taught to wash greasy dishes and pans with very hot, soapy water, but we’re not taught to consider how quickly the soap is rendered useless and the water becomes icy cold so everything congeals once it moves into the drains. This needs to change. 
Do you think that we as an industry have a part to play in educating people about taking care when disposing of fats and oils, and should perhaps warn that even if the wet wipe box says the contents can be flushed, it should be ignored? Are our kitchen cleaning specialists educating clients on best practice and insisting that fat traps are used whenever possible? Can we do more, to get the message across, do you think?


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This Week's News

SOAPBOX: "More funding needed"

* Veolia_Gavin-Graveson.jpgGavin Graveson, senior executive vice president Northern Europe Zone, for resource management specialist Veolia, comments on the UK Government's granting of extra power for the Environment Agency to tackle illegal waste crime.

UMF|PerfectClean welcomes Mark Hodgson as vice president sales - healthcare markets

* UMF|PerfectCLEAN-Mark-Hodgson.jpgHealthcare and infection prevention expert Mark Hodgson has joined UMF|PerfectClean as vice president sales - healthcare markets. Mark is a chemist with a strong background in environmental microbiology and the impact of infectious pathogens on patients. Most recently, he was an area managing director at Medentech, a division of Kersia Group, a global leader in infection prevention products and solutions.

In his new role, Mark will lead UMF's growing healthcare business, which is committed to eliminating environmental surfaces as a source of preventable healthcare associated infections (pHAIs).

"We are thrilled to welcome Mark to our team," says UMF|PerfectClean CEO George Clarke. "He brings extensive industry knowledge and expertise, as well as a remarkable track record of driving top- and

Public urged to bin 'harmful' wet wipes as over a fifth admit to flushing down the toilet

* Fatberg.jpgNew research shows that 22% of people admit to flushing wet wipes down the toilet despite 88% saying they are aware they harm the environment.

This is despite an overwhelming majority of the public saying they care about protecting the environment (91%), pollution of rivers and seas (91%), and protecting animals (93%)
* Wet wipes are the single biggest cause of fatbergs that block sewage systems, and are a major contributor towards littering in rivers
* Water UK is urging the public to 'Bin the Wipe' in new campaign to raise awareness of the issues that flushing wet wipes can cause.

Driving Change in 2023: The Cleaning Show unites industry experts to discuss latest trends

* CLEANING-SHOW-Driving-Change.jpgRecruitment, training and sustainability are among the notable trends set to be discussed at The Cleaning Show 2023, which returns to the ExCeL, London from 14th through 16th March 2023.

Under the banner 'The Cleaning Sector in 2023 - Driving Change', the full line-up of this year's conference programme is now available online, highlighting the topics and speakers set to encourage learning, discussion and debate around the key topics facing a modern cleaning and hygiene sector, buoyed by greater public and political recognition earned during the Covid crisis.

Jobs secured as buyer found for commercial cleaning company

* Jobs-secured.jpgAlmost 2,000 jobs have been saved following the sale, out of administration, of facilities management businesses, Ecoserv Group, Ecoserv Cleaning and Ecoserv Technical Services.

Ian Corfield and Simon Stibbons, partners at specialist business advisory firm FRP, were appointed as joint administrators over the companies last week on 9th February. On appointment, they immediately secured a pre-pack sale of the companies' business and assets, as well as a sale of the shares in Ecoserv South Africa (PTY), to a vehicle owned by the former shareholders and directors, named Ecoserv FM Group.

Sybron launches first own brand with new biotechnology cleaning range - SyBio

* Sybron-own-brand.jpgSybron, UK supplier of cleaning, hygiene and catering products to some of the largest names in hospitality, has launched its first own brand with SyBio, a range of biotechnology-based cleaning products. Partnering with BioVate Hygienics, Sybron has developed a range that can replace some of the harmful, non-renewable chemicals with adaptive biotechnology that cleans, disinfects and protects.

SyBio products combine probiotic, enzyme and plant-based ingredients to maximise performance with minimal environmental impact. They consist of concentrated cleaners, sanitisers and detergents delivered through wall-mounted dispensers for optimal dosage control.

Restaurant refit prompts filthy floor clean

* Prochem-Clean-Thru1.jpg“If the floor’s that dirty, what can the kitchen be like?”  We have all asked that question on one or more occasion when entering a pub or a restaurant to be greeted by a filthy floor.

When a new Norfolk hotel manager arranged for a complete refit of the restaurant he called in Gary Fleming of Clean-Thru Cleaning in Kings Lynn to deep clean the restaurant and breakfast room floor whilst the areas were empty.

Mitie soars to new heights with NATS contract

* Mitie-new-heights.jpgMitie has secured a new five-year multimillion pound contract to deliver fully integrated facilities management services for NATS, with the option of extending for a further two years.

NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services, handling 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace every year. Amongst other services, NATS provides air traffic navigation services to aircraft flying through UK controlled airspace and at numerous UK and international airports.

Relationships underpin innovation and marketing

* Ennovamark-Trust.jpgMatt Wonnacott, founder of Ennovamark, writes on a subject on many people’s minds this week

“Seeing as it was Valentine's Day this week, I wanted to explore the effect relationships have on business, as well as innovation and marketing. There's a classic quote that saying ‘hello’ doesn't have a return on investment - it's about building relationships.

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Recent UK News

Phs Greenleaf appoints Stephen Dieppe as managing director

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

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

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Key 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.

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

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With 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.

CHSA's Guarantee extended to quality of office bin liners

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Buyers of office and wheelie bin liners are now protected by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's quality guarantee.

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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