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International News

Tennant Company announces agreement with Ambienta to acquire IPC Group

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Tennant 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.

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

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EUnited 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

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

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

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Rentokil 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.

How to monitor urine in pools - by testing sweetness

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Even 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.

Riwal expands in the Netherlands

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

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.

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The cleaning industry hasn't fared too well this week, has it? First came news of supermarket giant Asda having received a £300,000 fine for its transgressions (if you didn't see them, imagine pictures of dead rats, mice, flies, droppings, gnawed bags of food with contents spilling...) in its Enfield home delivery depot, which distributes groceries to online shoppers in London and Essex.

Then it was feminine hygiene services provider PHS, whose gloved operative was filmed transporting filled bins out of a Morrisons supermarket store and to the van for removal, using one of the customers' shopping trolleys, which the operative allegedly didn't clean before returning to the trolley stand.

There were long discussions in the readers' comments sections of the online newspapers, with many Asda customers saying they would either take their business elsewhere or give up online shopping.

The misuse of the shopping trolley led to debates about whether the bins were actually soiled or not, since it was the contents that were an issue, rather than the bins themselves. It only took a comment from a man describing the potential splashing of the bins (not sure splashing happens with ladies but of course they will probably be opening the bins with soiled hands!) before the rest of the posters became convinced that this was something they'd not want to see repeated in their own locality.

Obviously Asda's Enfield depot has had a big clean-up and its counterparts in other areas will no doubt be on their toes to ensure they meet hygiene standards, while PHS's operative will have received extra training and PHS has cleaned all the trolleys at the store where the transgression took place. However, the damage has been done and incidents like this take their toll on the service provider and the facility supposedly being looked after, as well as our industry itself - which is a shame, as there's so much that's good about it.

Not convinced? Then come along and see for yourself, at The Cleaning Show, which is taking place at ExCel in London's Docklands from Tuesday to Thursday next week! You'll be able to examine some of the best products and equipment that the industry has to offer and hear from the experts about the right way of doing things, while taking advantage of one of the best networking opportunities on offer in the UK this year. We look forward to seeing you there...

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This Week's News

Hospital acquired infection control market reaches $16 billion

* Hospital-preparing.jpgIn its latest report, Kalorama Information says that the global hospital acquired infection control market was worth about $16.0 billion in 2016. The figure includes testing products, device sterilisation, specific cleaning products and HAI treatments.

The healthcare market research firm's report, Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Control Markets, provides market analysis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment segments of such infections.

International participation at The Cleaning Show at all time high

* International-participation.jpgThe Cleaning Show 2017, taking place at the ExCeL Centre in London on March 14th to 16th, will have a strongly Italian flavour this year, with a large number of the nation's key players in the cleaning & hygiene sector displaying their products and services on site during the three-day event.

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen - report launch

* Zero-carbon-Britain.jpgA new report launched this week by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) explores the barriers to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions, looking at how these can be overcome in a way that could bring a wide range of additional benefits.

'Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen' brings together a broad range of evidence from academic literature and grassroots projects to create a picture of the inter-related solutions that we need to reach zero carbon.

Immersive Igloo transforms sewer training - but without the smell

* Immersive-Igloo.jpgDrainage engineers in London and the Thames Valley are being sent into an Igloo before they can go down a sewer. Lanes Utilities and Thames Water have invested in a 360° igloo projection theatre that will transform training by allowing teams to instantly see and hear what it is like to be inside a sewer, though not experience the smell.

Ozo Innovations launches Eloclear System to advance food factory hygiene

* Ozo.jpgOzo Innovations is making food factory hygiene more robust and sustainable with the launch of Eloclear, a state-of-the-art single step cleaning and disinfection system.

Ozo supports food industry customers to improve their sustainability credentials, win new business and gain production capacity by reducing time spent undertaking hygiene, whilst improving deep cleaning and disinfection standards.

COSHH Training - Practical Assessment & Control

* COSHH-Training.jpgThe Health & Safety Laboratory is to run a two-day course on 'COSHH Training - Practical Assessment and Control', on 21st - 22nd March 2017, in Buxton, Derbyshire. It will give detailed and practical training on carrying out COSHH assessments and - crucially - putting the assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to health.

Lithuania develops OiRA tool for the cleaning sector

* Lithuanian.jpgThe State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania has developed a new Online Interactive Risk Assessment tool for the cleaning services sector, to help companies identify and assess workplace hazards and risks and develop a documented risk assessment and preventive action plan.

Aramark's new processing facility in Texas increases cleanroom services capacity

* Aramark.jpgAramark, a global player in food, facilities management and uniforms, is increasing its capacity to provide cleanroom services to customers throughout the Southwest US with its new 34,350sq.ft processing plant in McKinney, Texas. Over the next three years, the new operation is expected to create approximately 120 new local jobs.

Win a car in the Indigo 500 competition

* Indigo-win-a-car.jpgIndigo Group has just launched a 'Win a Fiat 500' car competition and to enter, all you need to do is obtain a free, no obligation quotation from Indigo. Entry is restricted to 500 people so you'll need to be quick.

ISS wins five-year IFS contract with global biotech company

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TC Facilities Management secures cleaning contract with Whole Foods Market

* Whole-Foods-Market.jpgTC Facilities Management is now playing a part in helping Whole Foods Market satisfy, delight and nourish its customers... The contract being delivered by a team from TCFM, started at the end of January and is providing cleaning services to the eight Whole Foods Market stores in England.

OCS to recruit 900 apprentices with new scheme

* OCS-to-recruit-900.jpgAs part of National Apprenticeship Week, which is taking place this week, OCS has announced that it is launching a new apprenticeship programme in the UK which will aim to recruit up to 900 apprentices in its first year.

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Recent UK News

BCC Industry Trends Report 2017 published

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The 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

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With 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.

New Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards introduced

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New 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.

CHSA Accreditation Scheme members deliver near perfect compliance in 2016

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Buying 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.

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.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean China
19-21st April 2021


21-24th September 2021

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week
28-30th September 2021
Dubai World Trade Centre

The Cleaning Show
2-4th November 2021

9-11th November 2021

Loo of the Year Awards
3rd December 2021

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