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PGI Specialty Materials announced today that its subsidiary has reached an agreement to acquire Dounor SAS, a French manufacturer of materials used in hygiene, healthcare and industrial applications.
NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.
Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.
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In something of a first, this leader has nothing to do with cleaning. I might normally look for a tenuous link, dubbing it a ‘housekeeping’ or health & safety piece, but on this occasion there’s no need. I’m sharing since I ought to and because I can. If it saves the life of just one of Cleanzine’s 100,000-plus readers it will have been well worth using a bit of ‘journalistic licence’!
My Facebook status posted last Friday probably says it best: “Just had a lucky escape... although it's only March & a rainy day, sunshine had reached my mirror - some six feet away from the window - & the beam had set light to this canvas box. Lucky Melissa Hobbs & I were home to investigate & prevent house from burning down. Watch where you put your mirrors peeps & don’t be fooled by the March sun!”
Comments from friends taught me it was the magnifying side of the mirror, facing the sun, which caused the issue, so do be careful about how you angle mirrors (and magnifying glasses!) – even if it doesn’t appear to be that sunny and even if they’re nowhere near the window.
And although my smoke alarm is working fine, it hadn’t gone off before I discovered the smouldering canvas box. Mel puts this down to the strong smell of aftershave we were discussing in the downstairs hallway which kept us in that part of the house and thus closer to the source of the problem and more able to discover it before it could do much damage. She’s convinced it was her father, who sadly left these parts (or so we had thought!) eight years ago, come back to warn us. Whatever it was that tipped us off that something was wrong, we’re grateful it’s just a canvas box that was burnt and that John Austen’s not writing this leader in my place…
There’s a growing movement to remind people in my part of the world to do the ‘Tick Tock Test’, by testing their smoke alarms when they put their clocks forward (as we did last weekend) to make the most of the lighter Summer evenings. OK, so you might have missed that opportunity, but there’s no reason not to do it today and while you’re at it, do please share my story with your family and colleagues. It might just save someone's home or workplace - and even a life…
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Entries are now being received for the 2015 Loo of the Year Awards - now in their 28th year. Managing director Mike Bone reports: "We are thrilled to report high levels of entries for a large range of entry categories. To date, 25% are shopping centres and 39% of all entries have been from cleaning and facilities management companies.
"All entrants recognise the benefit of an independent assessment of the service provided either by their own staff or provided to their clients and recognition from 'the standard' for away from home toilets.
Philanthropedia - whose mission it is to improve the effectiveness of non-profit organisations - awarded WaterAid the number one spot in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector after surveying experts to identify who was making the greatest impact.
WaterAid, which is supportedby so many companies in this industry, has been ranked highest of 16 outstanding non-profits working in water, sanitation and hygiene.
Cromwell Polythene has added a handy dispenser pack to its Professional range of refuse sacks for the away from home cleaning and janitorial market. Named 'EaZee', the cardboard carton has a perforated lid, which minimises wastage and facilitates the easier and quicker dispensing of individual sacks.
Containing 200 of Cromwell's own ensa brand sacks, tested to EN standards and developed in response to customer demand for a product that guarantees performance across a range of design weights, the dispenser pack also provides a neat and convenient storage solution.
The company behind the 'Chop the Mop' campaign is promoting the OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System as an alternative to traditional mopping that allows businesses on any budget to achieve more hygienic cleaning.
Having visited the Cleaning Show at its new location at Excel I felt that I must write to congratulate everyone on a good job well done.
The industry wondered if the move back down to London was the right move.
The location couldn't be faulted. The venue itself is fresh and modern with the expected levels of support services.
Entering its 26th year, the 2015 Clean Britain Scheme was launched at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford last week by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
Hi Jan, Thanks for making those amendments to the article*, we've had statistics from The Cleaning Show who sent out the original email and they had over 5000 clicks on the link, with only 500 of them coming from their email, so potentially 4500 came from The Cleanzine which is great news.
I know that initially the link in the email didn't work so I just wondered if you had feedback from people who said they couldn't access it. If so, would you consider running the story again in the next edition of The Cleanzine? We can always provide new copy to keep the story fresh.
Prochem Europe's new 2015 catalogue and price list adopts the company's revised droplet-themed corporate branding, launched at March's Cleaning Show in London, across a 40-page glossy A4 publication that's clean to look at, easy to read and use, with technical specification data now deployed to the company web site, leaving more space for images and feature summaries.
Colour coded sections span cleaning products, machines, truck mount systems, accessories and training products and services from Prochem Europe, a leading provider of training to carpet & upholstery and floor cleaning and maintenance professionals in the UK.
GWS is a market-leading provider of Integrated Facilities Management solutions for major occupiers of commercial real estate and has significant operations around the world.
Far too often cleaning tasks are undertaken by poorly paid individuals, without specialist training and support. These cleaning operatives are likely to underperform, leading to a host of complications and indirect costs.
In recent months there has been a concerted effort from the Health & Safety Executive to improve awareness of the potential hazards that workplace dust can pose and the necessary steps that firms need to take to to reduce its impact and ensure the safety of their workforce.
Speedy Hire is one of the UK's leading providers of equipment and associated services to the construction and manufacturing industries, delivering a wide range of tools, machinery and support. Part of its offering is provided by Dustcontrol UK, a specialist supplier of dust extraction equipment for a variety of industries.
The new Contour 21 Splash range aims to transform school washrooms with a wide range of options created to meet the demands of children throughout the different stages of their educational journey.
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Recent UK News
The latest profit report from Plimsoll Publishing has looked at the UK's Top 942 commercial cleaning firms and assessed each on their profitability and financial health.
The just-published report found that, despite average margins up on last year, 34% of commercial cleaning firms are recording a loss. However, some companies are seeing impressive sales increases.
Don't worry if you missed the Address, which was delivered by Paul Castle, solutions director of Mitie's cleaning business and Peter Smith, practice leader of the Marketing Doctors, because Mitie has created a whitepaper that outlines its vision of the future of the industry and how it will affect you over the next five years.
Whether you're a supplier, provider or end-user, this paper explains Mitie's view of the future and how you can stay ahead of the game.
Created by a group of leading industry professionals - drawn from a broad cross-section of organisations and disciplines - the club aims to provide a comfortable environment for business people in our industry (or associated with it) to connect and build mutually beneficial commercial relationships.
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Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show