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International News

CMS 2017 boasts additional exhibition hall due to high demand for space

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Due to the high level of interest from exhibitors from Germany and abroad, in the CMS Berlin 2017 international cleaning trade fair being held from 19th to 22nd September, Messe Berlin has announced that it will open an additional hall at Berlin ExpoCenter City.

Unger Stingray acclaimed for outstanding product design

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The indoor cleaning system Unger Stingray has received the internationally renowned Red Dot Design Award. The expert jury selected the innovative product as the winner in the 'Product Design' category from more than 5,500 entrants.

"We are absolutely delighted to have won this important and globally recognised award," says Jochen Wagener, senior director of marketing & sales at Unger. "The award pays tribute to the groundbreaking design quality of Unger Stingray. The product was designed in such a way that it guarantees optimal performance and simple operation.

Europe's happiest workers revealed

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Levels of job satisfaction vary significantly across Europe, with Dutch, Polish and Swiss employees being the most satisfied, according to research by ADP. The new study of nearly 10,000 European working adults explores how employees across Europe feel about the future of work.

UBM India excited about the maiden edition of 'World of Facilities'

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The inaugural World of Facilities exhibition and conference, which organiser UBM India is planning to turn into India's premier trade event for the facilities management product & service industry, took place at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai from 24th - 26th April 2017.

AQS and Panton McLeod partner to produce clean water solutions in Ireland

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AQS Environmental Solutions is working in partnership with UK water quality engineering specialist Panton McLeod to deliver innovative clean water solutions in Ireland.

Private equity firms have bid $22 billion for SCA hygiene unit-paper

A group of private equity companies have bid around 200 billion Swedish crowns ($22.26 billion) for the hygiene arm of tissue and forestry products firm SCA (SCAb.ST), daily Dagens Nyheter wrote on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. SCA said last year it planned to split into two units.

"At least two private equity companies together have bid around 200 billion crowns for the hygiene unit," DN said.

Hospital sees 12% C. diff reduction in two-year, CDC-funded study

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With the help of a fleet of germ-eliminating UV robots, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) experienced a marked decrease in its Clostridium difficile infection rates.

Proposals for cutting food waste discussed

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On Tuesday, Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed that a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the 'best before' and 'use by' labelling.

Self-cleaning surfaces solve janitorial challenges and provide an advertising opportunity

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Both in-house janitorial departments and contract cleaning companies are looking for new ways to add value - both real and perceived - and are taking proactive steps to utilise technology to add value and garner recognition for the valuable role they play.

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The cleaning industry isn't often much admired by those outside of it, so I really enjoy those occasions where we can show that we're one step ahead of the game.

Stories about excess packaging being used to fool buyers into thinking they have more of the product inside than they actually have, are featuring in the press this week, having been highlighted in The Sunday Times last weekend.

Despite the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 stating that: "Packaging must be so manufactured that the packaging volume and weight is limited to the minimum adequate amount to maintain the necessary level of safety, hygiene and acceptance for the packed product and for the consumer," it seems that unscrupulous manufacturers are still using more packaging than they should, to dupe us into thinking we're buying a product that's of higher value than it actually is.

It pleases me that our industry is doing its best to ensure that what it says on the box, reflects what's inside the box - and I applaud the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for its growing portfolio of accreditation schemes which forces members to be completely honest about the products they're supplying.

I also like the fact that we're advocating the use of dosing systems and chemical concentrates to prevent users from using too strong a cleaning solution. This helps the environment since less chemical and less packaging is used and it also reduces unnecessary transport and storage costs, which cuts pollution and keeps costs down.

Excess packaging makes a mockery of recycling. As consumers, we're being forced to separate and recycle our waste through what can be complicated and confusing schemes that take up far too much of our time and energy, while manufacturers are getting away with flouting the law and polluting our planet with millions of tons of needless packaging. A manufacturer that has policies in place which aim to prevent damage to the environment, that doesn't take its customers for fools, will also promote brand loyalty.

I'm sure I'm echoing everyone's feelings by saying that if I'm not disappointed with what I've bought once I've removed it from the packaging, I'm likely to buy that product again. Surely even the manufacturers guilty of attempts to dupe us feel the same way, so why do they keep on doing it?

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This Week's News

Successful university lab testing of Empowered Water and Activate announced

EnviroTechnologies International (ETII), a US-based company that develops and markets green, natural and organic products for diverse industries, has this week announced successful laboratory test results of its Empowered Water Hypochlorous anolyte and its Activate protein surfactant solutions.

Testing demonstrated that extended surface coverage facilitated by the Activate protein surfactant products (a key product used by the company in various applications), did not impact the microbial kill efficacy of the Empowered Water Hypochlorous. This is an important part of the overall business opportunities for ETII as the combined annual market disinfectant solutions is estimated to grow to $1.6 billion in the US alone.

Baumit's 'photokat' technology leaves building facades looking beautifully clean

* Baumit-photokat.jpgA special photocatalyst additive, developed by global building materials manufacturer Baumit, uses the power of light to activate the self-cleaning effect in its Nanopor range of renders and paints.

Whilst other self-cleaning products rely on rain or moisture contact to maintain a healthy-looking facade, Nanopor systems require nothing more than sunlight, humidity and wind to provide a uniform, dirt-free surface.

Diversey Care acquires Daylight Medical UVC disinfection portfolio

* Diversey-Daylight.jpgSealed Air's Diversey Care division has announced that it has acquired the UVC disinfection portfolio of Daylight Medical, a manufacturer of innovative medical devices. The portfolio acquired includes UVC disinfectant technologies designed to disinfect rooms, surfaces, non-critical equipment and devices.

Daylight's solutions are noted for their highly innovative, portable and affordable design, allowing safe and targeted dosing of UVC light to quickly and effectively kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria and C. difficile. The agreement also gives Diversey Care access to a robust innovation pipeline.

Drop litter, pick up a fine - EHDC takes 14 people to court for non-payment of fines

If you drop litter in East Hampshire, you can expect to be fined - that's the message from East Hampshire District Council after it took 14 people to court over non-payment of litter fines. Keeping the district litter free is one of the council's top priorities. It has empowered enforcement officers with the ability to issue on-the-spot £80 fines to anyone dropping rubbish, including cigarette butts and chewing gum.

CHSA announces first distributors in Accredited Distributor Scheme

* CHSA-first-Accredited.jpgThe Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has welcomed the first distributors into its new Accredited Distributors Scheme after they successfully passed the auditing process.

The first approved distributors include the national networks Jangro and independent distributors DJB Supplies, CPD, Mark Douglas, Capital Cleaning and Martin Vitera. The other major distributors in the sector - Bunzl Cleaning & Safety, Nationwide and Arco and a further eight independent distributors - are all nearing completion of the auditing process.

Green Business Certification continues its expansion in Europe

* Green-Business-Cert.jpgGreen Business Certification, (GBCI), the organisation that independently recognises excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, has announced the opening of a new European office in Munich.

Through rigorous certification and credentialing standards, GBCI drives adoption of green building and business practices. Kay Killmann, (pictured) has been named managing director of GBCI Europe.

Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands

* Fight-antibio-resistance.jpgWorld Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on 5th May, highlights the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare.

The slogan of this year's campaign is: 'Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands', illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices such as washing hands properly and preventing antibiotic resistance.

Mitie gains World Class accreditation from Hospitality Assured

* Mitie-World-Class.jpgThe 1team, working with Vodafone, has achieved World Class accreditation with the Institute of Hospitality's quality standard, Hospitality Assured. This accolade for high standards of customer service and business excellence has been awarded to the 1team at Vodafone, which consists of Mitie's integrated FM team and catering business Gather & Gather.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to set new record for Canada's 150th Birthday

* Great-Canadian-Shore.jpgCanada is turning 150 this year and to celebrate, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is challenging Canadians to mark Canada's big birthday by cleaning their shorelines in record-breaking numbers.

"We had an incredible year in 2016," says Rachel Schoeler, manager of the Shoreline Cleanup. "We broke all of our previous records, with more than 2,300 shorelines cleaned and 77,000 people helping us protect ecosystems and wildlife across the country."

Philadelphia janitor mops up 2017 Cintas Janitor of the Year Award

* Philadelphia-janitor.jpgMake way for the newest custodial celebrity! After a record-breaking 898,220 votes in the US nationwide contest, Cintas Corporation has this week crowned Ted Qualli Jr. of Newtown Elementary in Philadelphia, the 2017 Janitor of the Year.

Ted captured more than 40% of the vote and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. His school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

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20 years of outstanding dedication & loyalty rewarded

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Daniel Hills' dedication and work ethic never waver and this was rewarded with an all-expenses paid surprise trip to Las Vegas in March.

Finalists announced for Cleantech Innovate 2017

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The 36 leading innovating companies in the low-carbon tech sector selected as the finalists for Cleantech Innovate 2017, the showcase for the commercial low-carbon stars of the future, were announced yesterday - and intelligent warm air hand dryer manufacturer Savortex as well as a number of recycling and waste-to-energy innovators are amongst them.

Guardian Water Treatment achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification

Guardian Water Treatment has been awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification, the International Standard for environmental management which supports organisations in reducing their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 was revised in 2015, bringing an increased focus on sustainable development and helping businesses to effectively manage the environmental challenges of the future. It provides a framework for the development of an Environmental Management System, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and providing a systematic approach to continually improving environmental performance.

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners' new Master is an old hand

On 27th April, at the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners' annual ceremony at St Olave's Church in the City of London, John (Jack) Broadley will be installed as the new Master - a position he previously held in 2003/04.

The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies, which started in the 12th century.

Biotechnology sachet solution

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London-based Cleanology is taking its chemical-free cleaning offering to the next level with the roll out of biotech wipes for tablets and mobile phones, and pre-portioned cleaning fluids and floor cleaner in sachets.

Biotechnology uses enzymes to 'eat' dirt and bacteria. The tiny molecules access even the hardest to reach areas, and carry on working for days after application.

Rosemor expands into China

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Rosemor has been working for a long time on finding the right partner to market its products in China. With a population of 1.357 billion, it was crucial to find a company that had already tapped into this market.

Recently Rosemor has collaborated with a well-known dealer, Shanghai EMC, (www.emclean.cn) whose managing director Jonathan Zhang won an award presented by China Clean Expo for his distinguished contributions to China's cleaning industry.

Upcoming WFBSC congress programme finalised and available

The programme for the upcoming World Federation of Building Service Contractors congress - taking place later this year from 18th to 20th September and in Berlin for the first time - has been released by the German Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade and Messe Berlin.

The congress will be opened by EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, while the proceedings will be opened by Federal Guild Master Thomas Dietrich, who has also presided as president of the WFBSC since April of last year.

TC Facilities Management & Remploy celebrate 1000 jobs & longest serving employee

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Celebrations were in full swing in Swansea last week to mark the 1000th employee, Tarik Miah and the longest serving employee, David Kenneally, finding work with TC Facilities Management through employment partner, Remploy.

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