*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 2nd April 2015 Issue no. 667

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Last call for Pulire 2015 Innovation Award entrants: deadline for the project submission is 1st April

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Pulire, the thriving cleaning show and conference which takes place in Verona, is just a matter of weeks away, so if you're planning to enter the Innovation Awards you need to do it soon. The show itself kicks off on 18th May and the final deadline for project submission is 1st April.
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Offering the ultimate flexibility: Kennedy Hygiene's new Easyroll Ellipse

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Kennedy Hygiene showcased its latest paper dispenser - the Easyroll Ellipse - at this year`s Cleaning Show and visitors were impressed with its flexibility.
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PGI reaches agreement to acquire Dounor

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.
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Freshu – the sustainable alternative to the wet wipe

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The Marine Conservation Society has just issued its 2015 report – the latest in the annual summaries of litter data recorded during British beach cleans each September – and amongst several types of litter that are on the increase, the wet wipe received a special mention.
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The most efficient DI Pure Water System ever!

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John Austen and I were impressed by Unger's nLite HydroPower DI Filters, which exceed standard DI filter efficiency, performance, workflow and comfort thanks to many new patented design features.
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New report says 'smart' and self-cleaning surface market will be worth $13.5 billion by 2020

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.
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Australian cleaners reimbursed after Ombudsman investigates minimum wage contravention

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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Elevance Clean 1200 now commercially available in Europe

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Elevance Renewable Sciences, a US-based chemicals company that creates speciality chemicals from natural oils, announced during the Cleaning Show that its bio-based ingredient, Elevance Clean 1200, is now commercially available in Europe through Equilex Chemicals BV.
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International award for innovative hygiene solution SmartProtec

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The new antimicrobial powder coating SmartProtec, which sets new standards in cold room hygiene, received the title 'Highly Commended' in the 'Best Food Service Innovation' category of the Gulfood Awards 2015.
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Vax Commercial launches VCSD-03 cordless hard floor spot washer

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There's a spillage stain on the canteen floor... or a leaky tap has caused a flood in the office washroom... or clients have ignored your entrance mats and walked-in mud, rain and debris from outside... If only there was a machine that offered all the convenience of a mop and bucket, but which didn't demand all the hard work...
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New iMop floor scrubber dryer takes top award

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“This machine is going to change the cleaning industry the same way iPhone changed mobile phones,” claims T L Killi’s – and the judges of the Innovation Awards clearly think the company has a point as the machine was judged ‘Overall Winner’ of the Innovations Awards…
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OspreyDeepclean’s GB1 self-motorised gum removal system impresses Awards judges

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OspreyDeepclean’s Thomas Stucken told us he was proud that his new GB1 machine took first place in the ‘Outdoor Cleaning’ category at this year's Innovation Awards.
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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’!

* burnt.jpgMy 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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This Week's News

High levels of entries being received for 2015 Loo of the Year Awards

* loty-winners.jpgEntries 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.
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WaterAid named No.1 water, sanitation and hygiene charity

* water-is-life.jpgPhilanthropedia - 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.
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Cromwell's 'EaZee' answer to waste

* EaZee.jpgCromwell 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.
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Everyone can be part of the cleaning evolution with new Crossover modular system

* OmniFlex-Evolution.jpgCleaning is evolving, and neither the size of a building nor a small cleaning budget need hold back progress -thanks to an impressive modular cleaning system - says Denis Rawlins.

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.
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We have Mail: Cleaning Show success

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.

It was.

The location couldn't be faulted. The venue itself is fresh and modern with the expected levels of support services.
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Resource Minister launches Clean Britain 2015

* Clean-Britain.jpgWhen litter costs the taxpayer up to £850m a year and fast food litter has increased by 20%, the call to keep Britain clean has never been more urgent.

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.
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We have Mail: a Mitie big success!

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.
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Latest cleaning products and solutions in Prochem 2015 catalogue

* Prochem-cat.jpgProchem 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.
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CBRE to acquire Global Workplace Solutions Business of Johnson Controls

* Bob-Sulentic.jpgCBRE Group, announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Global WorkPlace Solutions business of Johnson Controls.

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.
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New best practice guide to quality cleaning launched by Julius Rutherfoord

* Guide.jpgA free guide highlighting practical ways in which investing in quality cleaning can save an organisation money, has been launched by London specialist in cleaning and hygiene, Julius Rutherfoord.

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.
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Dustcontrol delivers for Speedy Hire

* Dustcontrol-Speedy.jpgIn 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.
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Armitage Shanks makes splash with new washroom range for schools

* armitage-shanks.jpgArmitage Shanks, has launched a new range of contemporary school washroom products - offering water-saving benefits and available in a variety of a child-friendly fun colours.

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

Competitive pressure pushes commercial cleaning firms into loss

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.
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i-Clean joins EHRC taskforce

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i-Clean Systems, the independent best practice benchmarking specialist that has reviewed the practices of over 200 cleaning providers across 5000+ buildings, has joined the Equality & Human Rights Commission responsible procurement taskforce to share knowledge on best practice and responsible procurement in the cleaning industry.
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Mitie shares its vision on how we will be working in 2020

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Were you at Mitie's Cleaning Show Keynote Address 'How will you be working in 2020'?

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.
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Cleaning Show 'still relevant' after strong London debut, say Prochem

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Cleaning Show exhibitor Prochem Europe reported this year's event as one "maintaining its relevance in the cleaning & support services industry calendar."
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Products most likely to be deficient...

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According to the panel governing the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's (CHSA) Manufacturing Standards Soft Tissue Accreditation Scheme, the products of non-members most commonly found to be deficient, are mostly toilet tissue and centre feed rolls, many of which are bought on price per case.
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New networking opportunity exclusively focuses on cleaning industry professionals

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The Hill Club is a new cleaning & soft-service-related professional networking community (Ed: My thanks to industry stalwarts Sally Ayres and Gary Fage for tipping me off about this story, when we bumped into one another at the Cleaning Show, and to Facilicom's Phil Smith who expertly filled me in on the details. Now that's what networking's all about!).

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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Events & Exhibitions

The Cleaning Show
19-21st March 2019
London
United Kingdom

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Clean Buildings Expo
26-27th March 2019
Baltimore
Maryland
USA

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Interclean Istanbul
10-12th April 2019

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IWFM Conference
24th April 2019
London
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Pulire Verona
21-23rd May 2019
Verona, Italy
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ISSA Cleantex Africa
4-6th June 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa
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ISSA Expo Limpieza 2019
5-7th June 2019
Mexico City
Mexico

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CMS Berlin
24-27th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS World Summit 2019

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CMS World Summit 2019
24-26th September 2019
Paired with:
CMS Cleaning Management Services


Hygienalia+Pulire
12-14th November 2019
Madrid, Spain
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ISSA North America
18-21st November 2019
Las Vegas
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