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International News

Cleaning services market to reach $74,299 million, globally, by 2022

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A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Cleaning Services Market-Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecasts, 2014-2022', projects that the global cleaning services market is expected to garner $74,299 million by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% (2016 to 2022).

Keeping food clean and safe to eat

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Matt Montag, distribution sales manager for CleanCore Technologies, which manufactures aqueous ozone cleaning systems used in the food service industry, writes...

Meet Moptimus Prime, the latest recruit to Mitie's cleaning team!

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Mitie, has introduced a state-of-the-art cleaning robot to its cleaning service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The robot cleaner, launched last month, is custom-made for the hospital and in the shape and appearance of an ambulance.

Kleen-Tex acquires a leading UK residential mat brand

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Kleen-Tex Holdings (UK), the UK subsidiary of Kleen-Tex in Europa GmbH, has announced the acquisition of The Turtle Mat Company, owner and marketer of one of the most recognised residential doormat brands in the UK.

"With Turtle Mats, we are gaining a strong retail brand for our company portfolio, especially in the UK market," explains Jürgen Teubenbacher, managing director of Kleen-Tex in Europa GmbH. "For both companies, there are very positive synergies - on sales, marketing, and distribution."

Reconfigurable work platform combines the flexibility and strength

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The Lobo System is a re-configurable work platform product that combines the flexibility and strength of traditional scaffolding with the simplicity and mobility of tower systems.

MEPs to vote this week on regulation of robots

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From drones to medical and cleaning equipment, robots are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday life. But although some 1.7 million robots already exist worldwide, their use is still not properly regulated. Members of the European Parliament are currently debating and are about to vote on a report calling for rules to regulate the use of robots, including creating a separate legal status for robots.

Sodexo reveals trends shaping the global workplace in 2017

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Sodexo, a world leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations, has released its 2017 Global Workplace Trends report, detailing the most critical factors affecting the world's workers and employers. The report is an insightful tool for employers navigating the changing workplace to push toward success.

Growing healthcare sector to boost global industrial cleaning market through to 2021

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The global industrial cleaning market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of close to 5% during the forecast period to 2021, according to Technavio's latest market research.

In this market research report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global industrial cleaning market for 2017-2021. The market is further categorised into five segments based on the chemicals used, including surfactants, enzymes, builders, fragrances and processing aids.

Older workers are not only wiser - they're more productive

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A survey that compares the working habits of different age groups among 3,000 office workers across Europe has thrown up some unexpected findings. Among them it suggests that with age not only comes wisdom, but also greater resilience to extra demands and higher levels of productivity than their younger co-workers.

Vectair Systems' in-house sales support team can service EMEA customers in nine languages

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As a multi-award-winning global hygiene manufacturer servicing more than 100 countries from its head office in Basingstoke, UK, Vectair Systems has always strived to provide the language skills so that staff can communicate with customers in their mother tongue wherever possible.

Henkel reported to be in talks to buy Sealed Air's Diversey professional cleaning business

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A story in yesterday's New York Post reports that Henkel - which in the 90s, as Henkel Ecolab, was one of the leading names in the European professional cleaning market, is in talks to buy Sealed Air's professional cleaning business, Diversey.

The talks are said to have been revealed by two sources, but have yet to be confirmed by either company, according to the publication.

Creating a facilities management programme: 'Do's' and 'Don'ts'

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Developing a comprehensive approach to facilities maintenance is not always an easy task to accomplish. While there are many best practices for creating an FM programme, the path to finding and implementing a plan that meets the specific needs of your facility or facilities can be challenging.

Fight Norovirus and keep schools open

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With the recent outbreaks of Norovirus causing school closures in the US, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has published guidelines including the recommendation of cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant registered as effective against Norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Clorox Professional introduces new portfolio of odour control products

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Four out of five cleaning industry professionals say that removing odour from the air is their biggest cleaning challenge (79%), according to a recent survey from US-based Clorox Professional Products. However, the survey also finds that the odour elimination products currently on the market are not fully addressing professional cleaning needs.

Teens wow officials with train coach cleaning system

Eight students in Mumbai have developed a novel vacuum cleaning system for train coaches, in a project said to have impressed cleaning officials even attracted the attention of railway minister Suresh Prabhu. The students - five of whom are US citizens and all aged 12-14 - visited Vadodara and Mumbai stations to study the rubbish disposal in train coaches before devising the cleaning system.

Top Danish law firm picks ISS Denmark as its facility services partner

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One of Denmark's leading business law firms has selected ISS to run its facility services at the firm's new, high-profile corporate headquarters in the heart of Copenhagen.

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I write this to the sound of drilling and hammering from the next room. I've finally given up on trying to deal with limescale at home and have succumbed to the lure of the water softener - it's currently being fitted.

Over the 25 years I've been part of this industry (now that's a scary thought... I'm getting older!) I've received dozens of press releases and spoken with many representatives at exhibitions about limescale problems, seen loads of 'before & after' pictures and watched demonstrations proving how good individual products are at dealing with limescale, but sadly, everything I've tried at home hasn't quite done the trick.

And it's not just the cleaning aspect either. The stuff eats through a kettle every 18 months or so. What's it doing to my insides, I wonder... Perhaps my limescale issues are worse than normal, with my water supply fed by the rains falling on the North Downs? Who knows?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a gleaming sink, drainer, taps and kettle, streak-free windows and shower screen and a scum-free bath - oh - and drinking tea that doesn't have dark patches floating on it, which stick to the side of the cup as it slowly empties. I gather I'll also be spending less on cleaning products, which need to be used in higher concentrates when mixed with hard water - something I'll no longer have. I'll let you know how it goes...

In getting the area ready for the fitters this morning, I noticed things that could have been cleaned better, which I tend not to normally be aware of, but when looking at it through what would be the fitters' eyes, had me running for the vacuum cleaner and reaching for my cleaning cloths. It made me wonder whether this type of thinking is what separates a good cleaner from a bad one - the ability to look at the finished job, from the point of view of a building user... Less of a: "I've done that so it must be clean" and more of a "How does it actually look, when viewed with a 'fresh' eye?"

I mentioned exhibitions earlier and of course it's only a couple of weeks until the UK's own Cleaning Show opens its doors at London's ExCel and we'll be examining new solutions to old cleaning problems. Have you emailed me your press release yet?

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This Week's News

Tennant Company announces agreement with Ambienta to acquire IPC Group

* Tennant-IPC.jpgTennant Company has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with private equity fund Ambienta to acquire Italy's IPC Group, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $350 million (€330 million). In 2016, IPC Group generated annual sales of approximately $203 million (€192 million). When finalized, this will be the largest acquisition in Tennant Company history.

"Acquiring IPC Group is a strategic move that aligns with our growth aspirations," said Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company president and chief executive officer. "IPC Group significantly increases our presence and market share in Europe, and more than doubles Tennant's current EMEA business.

BCC Industry Trends Report 2017 published

* BCC-Industry-Trends.jpgThe cleaning industry contributes almost £25 billion to the UK economy according to the latest figures released by the British Cleaning Council.

The report complied for the BCC by market research company, Firedog Research, shows that in addition to being a huge net contributor to the UK economy, the cleaning industry is also one of its biggest employers, with over 700,000 people.

Grow your business at the Cleaning Show with free advice from the experts

* Cleaning-show-seminar.jpgWith the UK economy still struggling to rise out of recession, uncertainty around Brexit and growing business pressures with new legislation on minimum wage and pensions, The Cleaning Show is offering free seminar sessions from a wide range of industry experts to help you grow your business.

On Wednesday 15th March the afternoon programme will be aimed at SMEs and medium sized businesses with the aim of 'Growing Your Business'. The presentations will start at 13.30 with Luke Elliott and Roberta Donzelli from Amazon Business, Industrial & Scientific Supplies explaining 'How to hack the online market: Insider tips on finding growth'.

European Cleaning Days 2017 - Let's unite to promote professional cleaning in Europe

* European-Cleaning-Days.jpgEUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products, is relaunching its 'European Cleaning Days' campaign.

Aimed at promoting and highlighting the importance and benefits of professional cleaning in places such as offices, hospitals, airports, train stations, etc. the campaign is scheduled to run throughout May 2017.

Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Products - Global Strategic Business Report 2016, published

* industrial_and_instutional.jpgResearch & Markets has announced the addition of the 'Industrial & Institutional Cleaning Products - Global Strategic Business Report' to its offering.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.

New Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards introduced

* Washroom-Cleaner-of-the-Year-Award.jpgNew for 2017 - the Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards have replaced the previous Attendant of the Year Awards, provided by Loo of the Year Awards and relate specifically to the dedicated cleaning staff that look after the facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves.

Greyland are bringing some light entertainment to the Cleaning Show once again

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You've seen him all over the trade media, now you can hook one for yourself!

Offering visitors the chance to have some fun, Greyland are hosting their variation of a fairground classic.

Rentokil and PCI partner up to consolidate leading role in Indian pest control market

* Rentokil-and-PCI.jpgRentokil Initial announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Pest Control India and to acquire a 57% stake in the new joint venture. As a part of the transaction, the company will merge its Indian business into the joint venture.

The combined entity will be the largest provider of pest control services and products in India with combined annual revenues of INR 450 crores (c. £50m); it will operate from 250 locations and employ c.6,900 people.

How to monitor urine in pools - by testing sweetness

* Nice-pool.jpgEven though Olympic swimmers have admitted doing it, urinating in the pool is not a condoned practice. Urine contributes to the formation of compounds in pool water that can be harmful to people's health. Now scientists are tackling a new way to monitor water quality: by measuring how sweet it is. Their report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Recent studies have shown that nitrogenous compounds (e.g., urea) in urine and sweat react with chlorine to form disinfection byproducts (DBPs), including trichloramine, that can cause eye irritation and respiratory problems.

CHSA Accreditation Scheme members deliver near perfect compliance in 2016

* CHSA-Accreditations.jpgBuying from CHSA Accreditation Scheme members is the only way to be certain 'what's on the box is in the box'. Analysis of the auditing results for the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes for Soft Tissue, Plastic Sacks and Cotton Mops in 2016, has shown scheme members have achieved near perfect compliance.

Every scheme member was inspected by Martin Yates, the CHSA's Independent Inspector, who made at least two visits to every member company.

CMS Berlin 2017: Top keynotes at the opening of the WFBSC Congress

* CMS-speaker.jpgTwo outstanding keynote speeches will be delivered at the start of the Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC, 18th - 20th September) in Berlin. On 18th September EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and the IT specialist Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be addressing the world's leading conference for the building services sector on the subject of 'Cleaning in a digital world - Processes, people, technology'.

This year for the first time the WFBSC Congress is being held concurrently with the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning. Management.Services. (19th - 22nd September) in Hall 7 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Berlin ExpoCenter City.

Riwal expands in the Netherlands

* Riwal-expands.jpgRiwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist, has opened a new depot in the port of Rotterdam.

Opening the new depot in an area of the port known as Maasvlakte 2, is in line with Riwal's strategy of providing broad market coverage and strengthening Riwal's local presence.

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Recent UK News

Health & safety 'top of agenda' at Cleaning Show

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With 27.3 million days lost due to work-related ill health or injury in the UK last year, health & safety will be top of the agenda at next month's Cleaning Show, where the Health & Safety Executive will be running a session of free workshops to help employers protect their workforce and reduce costs attributed to managing staff absence.

Seventh consecutive Norovirus-free year in Merton schools thanks to meticulous cleaning

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Julius Rutherfoord's expert cleaning standards and focus on health & safety have effectively eradicated Norovirus outbreaks from London borough of Merton Council Schools and Families premises for seven consecutive years.

One in four UK abattoirs fails to meet basic hygiene standards

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One in four slaughterhouses is failing to take basic hygiene precautions to stop contaminated meat reaching the public, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Hunt for CHSA's 2017 undergraduate scholars begins: up to three bursaries available

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Following the successful reintroduction of its undergraduate bursary, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has expanded the bursary: there will be up to three lucky winners in 2017.

65% of SME businesses not ready for tax digitalisation

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A recent survey by the UK200Group, the membership association of independent chartered accountancy and law firms, showed that 65% of its members' SME business clients do not currently use software to manage their accounts.

Company fined after young worker suffers 'life changing' injuries

A waste management company has been prosecuted after a worker was left with life changing injuries. Chippenham Magistrates Court heard how the 19-year-old worker and his colleagues had cleared a blockage from the waste picking line, when his gloved hand got caught in the conveyor belt. The roller fractured his right hand, dislocated his wrist and radius and he had to spend two weeks in hospital following the incident.

Selden Research acquires Premiere Products

The Directors of Selden Research are delighted to announce the acquisition of the brand, assets and goodwill of Premiere Products from James Briggs (Hygiene), saying:
“We recognise this as a tremendous opportunity to develop what is one of the longest established and most respected brands in our sector. The Premiere Products portfolio is a perfect fit into the Selden offering; distribution channels are similar; manufacturing requirements are similar, methods and ethos are similar also.

Making the choice between an apprenticeship and university - is the UK realising the benefits of on-the-job learning?

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Apprenticeship schemes are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more cost-effective, debt-free routes to gaining experience and full-time employment.

Demand for drone technology lifts off at Mitie, with clients recognising efficiencies and cost savings

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Mitie client, Hammersmith & Fulham Council, is welcoming innovative drone technology to help survey its homes and identify repairs.

Sikafloor provides durable, high-gloss surface fit for a Ferrari

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Thanks to Sika, a vehicle workshop involved in the repair and maintenance of some of the world's most expensive cars has been supplied with a durable, high-gloss floor to protect the high-powered, high-specification machines it services.

GV Health wins contract with Compass Medirest and Bunzl to supply over 30 UK hospitals

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GV Health announced yesterday, two major new collaborations with logistics operator Bunzl Catering Services and outsourced food, catering and soft FM services supplier Compass Medirest. Under the deal, Bunzl will supply hospitals with an extensive range of GV Health products including clinical and non-clinical waste bags, spillage kits and environmental hygiene solutions including wipes and disinfectants.

Slips and Trips / Falls Prevention course being held in London 9th March 2017

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Health & Safety Laboratories is to run a one-day course on Slips and Trips / Falls Prevention in London's Marble Arch, on 9th March 2017 and it appears to be a worthwhile course to attend, since previous attendees have reported a reduction in incidents of up to 50%.

ISS to provide FM at new Ocado HQ

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ISS is commencing a new contact with online supermarket Ocado. ISS will provide an integrated service solution to Ocado at its new Head Office address in Hatfield, which includes catering & hospitality, building maintenance services, cleaning, waste, energy & environmental management and health & safety management.

CHSA: Driving up standards for 20 years

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue.

For 20 years, the Association has been active in driving up standards, making sure that what's in the box is on the box. Today the marque of the Soft Tissue, Plastic Refuse Sack and Industrial Cotton Mop Accreditation Schemes means buyers can be certain they get what they pay for.

Greyland awarded new Environmental and Quality Standards

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Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland announced that they start the New Year with two new ISO standards after being awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental standards.

BPI Recycled Products announces new name, RPC bpi recycled products

Following the acquisition of BPI Recycled Products by RPC Group, the new name for the business has been formally announced as RPC bpi recycled products. The company was part of British Polythene Industries until it was purchased by RPC Group in August 2016.

Julius Rutherfoord designs bespoke cleaning solution

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London's reopened Design Museum, which is set to become the world's leading museum of contemporary design and architecture as it reopens in a spectacular new location, has chosen Julius Rutherfoord as its specialist cleaning and soft FM services contractor.

Welsh cleaning company nears final stage of school project

A Welsh cleaning services company has recently completed the third of a four-phase project for Afon Taf High School in Merthyr Tydfil. Clean Sweep has been contracted by Interserve, the international construction and support services group; conducting a live renovation of the high school; to complete cleaning services on each phase of the ongoing project.

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