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As I predicted in Tuesday’s broadcast, yesterday – the second day of the Pulire exhibition in Verona, was very busy throughout the day and we saw a lot of stand staff scribbling away on their order pads… Clearly the visitors weren’t ‘just looking’ but were indeed spending their money!
Before leaving at the end of the day, we visited our old friends from Maxima whose stand was in a corner of a far hall, facing into the corner itself. Had this position hampered them, we wondered? Not at all, it seems. Not only had they been busy the second day, but on the first - traditionally a quiet-ish day at these events - they’d “not stopped” from 11:00 until 17:00. You can read more about what they’re launching, further down the page…
I started the day off at the conference session: “The Internet of Things”. I don’t normally attend conferences while at shows, because I never get around to see everybody I want , as it is, so taking an extra couple of hours out of the day has always struck me as being a bit of a folly. However, I’d heard good reports about previous Pulire conference sessions and as the subject matter of this particular one interested me, I decided to break from tradition and went along. I’m so glad I did!
Having started out in Internet publishing when it was in its infancy, (Cleanzine’s been going for 13 years now!) I’ve always been open to this type of technology, but frankly even I was astounded by some of the things people are doing with it. I’m still trying to get my head around what I learned and the impact it will have on us as consumers and also the industry itself; once I have, I’ll be sharing it with you. Fascinating stuff!
If you saw Wednesday’s issue, you’ll be aware that Karcher’s entry into this year’s Innovation Awards pipped the other shortlisted finalists at the post, but since the entries had themselves been kept underwraps, we weren’t able to tell you what the innovations actually were, so we made it our mission yesterday to find out.
Here's our report…
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This Week's News
Sutter Professional, Northwood Hygiene and Brightwell Dispensers have announced an exciting joint venture whereby the three highly-respected companies will work together to supply Sutter chemicals in the UK and Ireland.
More on this story in next week’s issue…
The EFCI is an influential organisation within Europe and is recognised as a social partner by the European Commission, giving it a voice at the highest level of decision making in Europe.
Karcher’s Daniel Friz told us that the Innovation Award-winning KM 125/130 R was developed as a direct response to extensive customer market research and that its design solved many of the issues that users of cleaning equipment (from any manufacturer) highlighted as being potentially problematical… issues, for example, created when the untrained, meddle with complex electronics (Karcher has separated the complex maintenance from the routine by siting what’s needed for the former under the driver’s seat and the latter under a side panel which swings out to the side rather than opens upwards, to ensure everything is easy to reach).
There was so much to like about the Genie XS scrubbing machine and we could understand why the crowds watching the demonstration appeared mesmerised: the little machine is so easy to manoeuvre that it looked almost like the operator’s dance partner!
We loved light weight of the machine and the ease with which it could be twisted and turned (cleaning in every direction) and the way the parabolic squeegee followed the brush so closely – leaving the floor dry and safe with only one pass. We could see how this powerful little piece of kit could make the job of cleaning small and cluttered environments simple (and, dare we say it – fun?).
Something rather special has joined the striking range of brightly coloured small pressure washers that we would expect to see on the Maxima Advanced Solutions stand. Company owner Giuseppe Codemo told us that the Hera is: “A similar machine to the standard range but of improved quality, durability and function.”
The I-Cart is effectively a self-contained mobile cleaning unit that was designed specifically to transport the award-winning I-Mop and all its accessories.
We were aware that TVH offers a myriad of spare parts for scrubbers and sweepers as well as a full range of hydraulic equipment, but we were stunned when the company’s Meindert de Boer told us that the company has 21 million items in its catalogue!
As part of its year-long celebration to mark 80 years of technological innovation, Karcher, the world’s largest cleaning equipment manufacturer, will be showcasing its latest professional cleaning products at the iconic Concorde Hangar based at Manchester Airport next Tuesday.
Kaivac, the originator of the 'no-touch' cleaning system for washrooms (the company's Marc Ferguson is seen here in yet another a stand demo) was a nominated finalist for their OmniFlex AutoVac with Lithium-Ion smart battery technology.
This new cordless system can clean up to 20,000sq.ft/hr, faster than most comparable traditional automatic scrubbers.
Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments on the UK's official labour market statistics published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS):
"This first set of figures for the new government will put an additional spring in its step. Employment growth continues to grow sharply, but what is most impressive is the proportion of people in full-time work.
CollegaMe is an inexpensive yet advanced indoor location system based on iBeacon technology. The system uses a CollegaMe platform in the cloud, through which the authorised user can monitor in real time. the position and movements of a mobile tablet or smartphone and communicate via a 3G data connection.
Taking place at the Jakarta International Expo (JIE) on 28th and 29th October 2015, the event will feature a two-day conference, 15 exhibiting-sponsors and social functions. It will be held concurrently with Hotelex Indonesia, a leading event for the hotel and hospitality industry.
Further news from the show floor is that yet another commercial floor equipment manufacturer is to be using Trojan's deep-cycle batteries in future.
Powr-Flite has chosen Trojan Battery Co., as its primary supplier of deep-cycle batteries to operate its floor cleaning equipment. Trojan will provide Powr-Flite with various models of its deep-cycle flooded batteries including the T145, 30XHS, T1275 and J185.
Just 7% of Learning & Development professionals evaluate the impact of their initiatives on the wider business or society, with most limiting their focus to learner and manager feedback, according to new research.
Although this machine isn’t available just yet, IPC Gansow decided to showcase it amongst the company’s other exhibits to gauge visitors’ reactions - and from where we were standing people thought it was pretty impressive!
Late last month, health secretary Jeremy Hunt visited international skincare and hand hygiene expert, Deb Group, at its Denby headquarters, alongside Conservative minister for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills. The pair toured the research facilities, meeting staff and seeing first-hand the research & development being pioneered by the Derbyshire-based organisation.
The team from Belgian family business Christeyns, pose with some of the company’s chemicals housed in their Brightwell dispensers.
"Twenty years marks a significant milestone for Futures Supplies," says Mandie Kemp, founder and chief executive of Futures Supplies. "We began as a small business working from home with a garage full of toilet rolls and cleaning supplies delivering door to door. We have now grown to become an award winning company with a turnover in excess of £3.5 million.
Diversey Care has introduced five new steam cleaning machines with specialist manufacturer Matrix Cleaning Systems to offer healthcare, food service and building care customers enhanced cleaning, hygiene and infection prevention capabilities in demanding environments.
The new machines are available exclusively in the UK and Ireland and will be offered by Diversey Care alongside its range of Taski floorcare equipment.
As a leading manufacturer and supplier of technologically advanced hygiene products to over 120 countries, Vectair Systems is happy to confirm it will be at the Facilities Show 2015 for the first time.
Facilities managers might already recognise Vectair's well-known brands, such as Airoma, Quadrasan and Sanitex - and with the introduction of Building Information Modelling and increasing concerns over carbon reduction, the manufacturer offers environmentally friendly solutions that are modern in design whilst being safe and effective.
The international event for recycling innovation, RWM 2015, is launching a global search to find the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’. The competition will celebrate trailblazing initiatives that challenge the way the recycling industry works, identify the top 25 newcomers and inspire a new generation of resource managers.
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