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The robust market for ingredients in cleaning applications is often overshadowed by that of personal care; however, the recently published 'Ingredients for Household, Industrial, and Institutional Cleaning Applications' report by international market research and management consulting firm Kline, finds that this market carries equally sustainable growth potential, with some country markets increasing at double-digit rates during the forecast period from 2014-2019.
Detergent manufacturers have shown that by following industry guidelines on the correct handling of enzymes in factories, they can deliver a safe working environment and help ensure good occupational hygiene, according to newly published research.
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Welcome to the first issue of Cleanzine, following our Summer break. I hope that if you’ve joined those of us who take a holiday over the month of August, you’ve had a good one – and also that you’ve enjoyed some drier weather than we have in our neck of the woods!
I’ve produced this issue while attending a huge electronics fair in Berlin and of course it’s reminded me that CMS Berlin is just a few weeks away.
One of the subjects I’ve discussed while at the many cleaning shows I’ve attended over the years is the fact that the shows are set up in halls which are initially clean and that those demonstrating their equipment are doing so on already clean carpets and floors, (which get cleaner as the shows – and the cleaning – progress) which kind of defeats the object of the demonstration. OK you can show a machine’s manoeuvrability and ease of use but you can’t really convince onlookers of how efficient it is, can you?
Of course some exhibitors will cleverly smear the area to be cleaned with some sort of dirt or muck but the result is never quite as convincing as real, ground-in dirt, or chewing gum that’s so old and so walked over that it appears to have become part of the pavement or flooring itself, is it?
If you’re a manufacturer of chewing gum removal or other street cleaning equipment and are planning to exhibit at CMS I have a tip for you… the area around the airport – within the airport itself but outside of the main buildings – like so many other public places around the world, is covered in old gum and looks very grimy. If it were me, I’d be talking to the airport authorities and arranging to demonstrate my equipment, cleaning the exterior areas of the airport itself. That way the airport will be made clean and discourage other selfish facility users from trashing the place, and you will have demonstrated that your products and equipment can really do the trick when it comes to removing tough stains, gum and ground-in dirt.
And if you’re exhibiting at the show and would like to tell our 100,000-plus readers around the world why they should be considering you as a supplier, do please send in your press releases and pictures as soon as you can.
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This Week's News
A new report by Reportlinker on hospital-acquired infections, predicts that cleaning and sterilisation will witness their highest growth by 2020.
The report notes that a lack of proper sanitation in hospitals, poor infrastructure, and a lack of awareness amongst healthcare workers are some of the common causes that are boosting the number of HAI cases, as are the lack of training and poor infection control practices in hospitals. It also notes that other factors influencing the spread of HAIs include age and nutritional status, saying that the elderly and those suffering from malnutrition have decreased levels of immunity and thus are more prone to acquire HAIs.
Ecolab has reached an agreement to acquire the US operations of Swisher Hygiene for approximately $40 million in cash. Swisher Hygiene provides hygiene and sanitising solutions for the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.
Sales in 2014 for the operations included in the agreement were approximately $176 million.
The UK's first 2theloo toilet facility - sponsored by Tork manufacturer SCA - was officially opened by Margriet Leemhuis, Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy, in London's Covent Garden on August 26th.
2theloo is a highly successful international chain of away-from-home 'toilet stores'. Equipped with Tork toilet tissue, hand towels and soap products, the facilities combine spotlessly clean toilets with an affiliated shop. First set up in response to a growing dissatisfaction with the unavailability of public washrooms in European cities, these facilities were the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneurs Eric Treurniet and Almar Holtz who opened the first 2theloo toilet shop in Amsterdam in 2012.
Messe Berlin has a new networking tool for trade visitors attending CMS Berlin 2015. Ideal for those wishing to arrive at the show fully prepared, this tool can be used to set up appointments and establish new business contacts before the event has even started.
Rosemor's Efi Rosen tells us that the company has been working hard with its customers around the world to develop the best solution to escalator and travelator cleaning. Dealing directly with British customers nationwide, worldwide dealers and end users, the company's engineers have adapted the Rotomac and Rotofast to create the most innovative product range, ensuring that the equipment continues to be a world leader in escalator and travelator cleaning technology.
Vectair Systems, famous for its leading hygiene solutions and sanitary brands across 120 countries worldwide, has grouped its new and existing Airoma aerosol fragrances into four new ranges, which are: Classics, Fruits, Oriental, and Airoma Therapy & Spa.
These ranges make it easier for customers to identify suitable fragrances for their particular aircare needs.
Morclean has launched a new range of extreme heavy duty, high pressure cleaners and jetters. The Meridian range includes cold water mobile and static units, hot water mobile units and cold water engine driven units.
The machines are fitted with extra heavy duty high pressure pumps and feature robust frames and double thickness stainless steel covers and are perfect for marine, shipping and extreme and heavy duty industrial applications.
Many professional contract cleaning companies opt to use powdered carpet cleaning detergents, over liquids. The main justification is cost. Here, Phil Jones, sales manager and Prochem training course instructor, looks at the options currently on offer from the company...
"Often, powdered detergents can actually go much further due to dilution rates and higher concentration. If there are cleaning staff going off to fulfil a contract clean, then they can easily use the provided spoon in the tub to add the correct amount of products to some hot water, dissolve, and then add to the tank.
NCH Europe has this week launched X-Rust 7, a powerful pH neutral rust removal solution. Designed for the immersion of steel based plant and machinery equipment, X-Rust 7 eliminates even the most severe rust in 24 hours.
The solution is pH neutral, dilutes 1:10, is effective at room temperature and leaves a temporary protective coating after application.
Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, writes in response to yesterday's Office for National Statistics report on zero-hours contracts, which have shown a modest increase:
"The latest ONS statistics suggest that there has been a further modest increase in the number of people on zero-hours contracts and a growing proportion of people on zero-hours contracts for more than a year.
The introduction of the Duomatic Esprit scrubber dryer follows the announcement of the new partnership between cleaning system specialist Wetrok and national distributor and training provider Jigsaw Cleaning Systems. Wetrok is working with Jigsaw and its partners to provide what it says are unrivalled products, services and support through its growing distribution network.
Congratulations to John Barrett, who took up his new role as executive director of the ISSA this week, and the new board members. John Barrett replaces John Garfinkel, who will work in a consultative capacity through 2016 to facilitate a smooth transition.
John Barrett has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years, with the last three as an officer, serving this year as treasurer.
Network Rail, under the management of Mitie, the facilities management company, has become one of the first organisations in the transport sector to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for Waste certification for all of its UK corporate offices and training centres.
The Carbon Trust Standard for Waste provides a framework for organisations to measure, manage and reduce their waste outputs year-on-year, with independent verification of actual progress. Thanks to Mitie, Network Rail was awarded a particularly high score in the qualitative waste management assessment conducted as part of the certification, putting the business in the top 10% of all organisations assessed by the Carbon Trust.
The Ladder Association has launched this year's Ladder Exchange, which will run from 1st September to 31st December. Established by the Health & Safety Executive in 2007 - and now run and managed by the industry trade body - the campaign has already resulted in thousands of 'dodgy' ladders being taken out of service.
The Ladder Exchange allows users to exchange old and/or defective ladders for safe new ones - at a discount - at any of the scheme's participating partners located throughout the UK. It also champions safe ladder use and the need to inspect and maintain ladders at regular intervals in accordance with the regulations.
A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a grounds maintenance worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.
Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard how, between 2007 and 2012, an employee of UPP (Broadgate Park) operated mowers, strimmers and a leaf blower as part of his work for the company, and was regularly exposed to levels of vibration which were above the Exposure Limit Value and Exposure Action Value. He reported ill health symptoms to his line manager but no action was taken.
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