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International News

Family owned Stadsing A/S, sells life's work to Swedish OptiGroup

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Family owned Stadsing A/S, Denmark's largest company in the development and sale of cleaning and hygiene products, has now been taken over by the Swedish Group OptiGroup AB (formerly known as Papyrus) for an amount in the higher three-digit million range Dkr.

Global biosurfactant market to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020

The global biosurfactant market is anticipated to generate demand of over 340,000 tons by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of around 4% from 2014 to 2020.

Absence of direct bio-based substitutes of these products is expected to be one of the major factors driving the market over the forecast period, together with rising environmental concern over the consumption of synthetic surfactants and the growth of the global personal care industry.

Seligo launches digital transaction and services platform for waste professionals

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In Europe, only 41% of waste was optimised in 2015, and while landfill use may be in decline, there are still obstacles preventing a better approach to waste treatment and recycling. Versailles, France-based Seligo aims to remove these barriers and improve the proportion of optimised waste by serving as a link between supply and demand, with its new digital transaction and services platform for waste professionals.

Betco becomes Goodwill NCPP Preferred Supplier

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Betco Corporation has become a preferred supplier of chemicals and equipment for Goodwill National Cooperative Purchasing Program (NCPP) in North America.

Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit Europe agenda unveiled

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The agenda for the upcoming Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit has been unveiled and the event will feature bio-based surfactants, ethical labels, green formulations, and marketing developments.

Truvox 'cuts the cord' with award-winning Valet Battery Upright vacuum

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Cleaning teams can now 'cut the cord' and vacuum more quietly and productively following the arrival of its first cordless commercial vacuum cleaner.

CMS Berlin 2017: Keen interest in the Mobility Cleaning Circle

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Messe Berlin's invitation to the first Mobility Cleaning Circle has been met with keen interest by railway companies and the cleaning industry.

Pest control in the workplace

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Pests such as ants, cockroaches, flies and spiders are more than just annoyances in the workplace. They can present health hazards if they begin to gnaw at food or, in the case of rats, attract a rapidly expanding gang of vermin into unhygienic corners of the workplace.

UV disinfection robot helps keep hospitals germ-free for military patients in Seoul

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Three Tru-D SmartUVC robots have arrived at Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital (BAACH) in Yongsan, South Korea.

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Welcome to our first post-Summer-break issue of Cleanzine – which happens to be our 788th; the equivalent of more than 65 years of publishing a monthly magazine! When we started broadcasting, almost 16 years ago, Cleanzine was one of just a handful of e-zines worldwide. Back then we really didn’t know what we had, thinking Cleanzine would be read in the UK and Ireland by just a few thousand people. Little did we know that before long, we’d be broadcasting to more than 100,000 readers in 163 countries!

I’d always written a leader in magazines I’d edited, and as I knew little about Internet publishing or the joys of working on a weekly (and sometimes, daily) it never occurred to me that I might be making life difficult by attempting a weekly leader – despite having struggled sometimes to come up with a theme for a monthly!

As you might imagine, there have been many times over the years that I’ve been short of something interesting to write about.

If you’ve managed to take a break, I hope it’s been enjoyable. I had felt rested but spent far too many hours yesterday and overnight, wondering what to write about today. This time though, it hasn’t been a lack of ideas, but too many…

Should it be the exposé on some of Beijing’s top hotels, which showed that sheets were not always changed between guests? In case you haven’t seen the reports, testers left marks on sheets, cups and toilets that could only be seen under UV light, before checking out. When checking in next day, testers could see the marks, meaning the bedding hadn’t been changed and the cleaning hadn’t been done properly.

Or should it be the studies by researchers from The Netherlands who discovered that under the right conditions, stainless steel taps and sinks have a higher Legionella concentration, than brass ceramic versions and brass thermostatic mixer taps?

Or what about sweeping changes being made all over the UK, to our household waste and recycling collections (with many public consultations taking place over Summer, while we’re away)?

Then there’s the news that microplastics have been discovered in our drinking water worldwide. Frightening, but perhaps only to be expected… You can learn more here: https://orbmedia.org/stories/Invisibles_plastics

And did you hear about the young woman that got stuck in a window when the toilet flush didn’t do its job properly? I’ll let you Google that one…

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This Week's News

Getting silver can put hygiene first

* PWAVE-PLATE.jpgDoors are clearly there to help us enter and exit rooms, but when we're worried about hygiene standards they can in fact prove to be barriers rather than enablers, with users unwilling to touch them with their bare hands. Dave Carson from washroom hygiene specialist P-Wave says he has the silver bullet to solve the problem.

The use of silver in hospitals and other healthcare situations is well established. Silver interrupts bacterial cells' ability to form the chemical bonds essential to their survival; so it has recognised anti-bacterial and anti-infection properties.

Meet the cleaning industry at CMS 2017

* Meet-CMS.jpgIt's not long now until CMS Berlin - the European trade fair for Cleaning Systems, Building Management and Services - opens its doors.

400 exhibitors have registered so far and 17,000 trade visitors from 65-plus countries are expected to attend. Due to the success of the 2015 event, CMS has now opened an additional hall - taking the total to five.

Revealed: UK outside Europe top 10 for average cleaning salaries

* European-cleaners-wages.jpgCleaners earn more in 10 other European countries than they do in the UK, according to the latest research.

A study from London Cleaning System showed that the average wage of a UK cleaner is £7.27 an hour, significantly less than the top players across the continent - and even the rest of the world.

Global surface disinfectant market estimated to reach US$ 1.7bn by 2024

* Global-surface-disinfectants.jpgTransparency Market Research has released a new market report titled 'Surface Disinfectant Market for Hospital & Clinics, Outpatient Surgical, Restaurants & Food, Households and Other Applications.'  

The global industry analysis, size, share, growth, trends, and forecast, covers 2016-2024. According to the report, the global surface disinfectant market was valued at US$ 802.9mn in 2016 and is projected to reach US$ 1.77bn by 2024 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 10.4% from 2016 to 2024.

A breakthrough in vehicle cleaning technology

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Steam Clean Systems says its new Nebula Steam Cleaner offers a breakthrough in vehicle cleaning technology.

"Until now the car cleaning fraternity have had to rely on pressure washers using up to 12 litres of water per minute, or steam cleaners using less water but using diesel burners with all their deadly fumes when burned, and the mess and smell that diesel oil can cause if spilled - both of which require a mains water and electricity connection," argues sales director Charles Kent.

SpaceVac chooses Rawlins as UK distributor

* SpaceVac-External-System.jpgHigh-level vacuuming system SpaceVac has joined the line-up of innovative cleaning products provided by Denis Rawlins.

SpaceVac's cleverly designed package of lightweight carbon fibre poles, cleaning accessories and wireless cameras has revolutionised cleaning at height. The system allows operators to clean up to 15m from ground level in a safe and simple operation with no need for expensive and disruptive cherry pickers or scaffolding.

Diversey becomes standalone company upon completion of its acquisition by Bain Capital

* Diversey_Ilham.jpgDiversey announced yesterday that the purchase of the business by Bain Capital Private Equity from Sealed Air Corporation is complete. The transaction was previously announced on 27th March, 2017.

Diversey will now be a standalone company that will include the Diversey Care division of Sealed Air as well as the food hygiene solution business that was part of its Food Care division.

Bite-sized training videos to protect uptime

* Bite-sized-training-videos.jpgHard-pressed cleaning teams and their supervisors have a new aid to help them ensure their floorcare procedures are effective, following the launch of a series of videos by Truvox International. The comprehensive video library covers cleaning and polishing hard floors with rotaries, injection-extraction carpet cleaning, vacuuming and scrubber dryers.

In around five minutes, new machine owners - or recruits to the team - can get up to speed on setting up each machine and achieving the best cleaning performance.

Registration now open for Deb Group's second Annual Happy Hands contest

* Deb-Happy-Hands.jpgRegistration is now open for Deb Group's second annual Happy Hands dispenser design contest. The contest aims to educate students about the importance of hand washing, while also allowing them to express their artistic sides through the creation of an original design for a Deb dispenser.

"Kids don't always listen when parents or teachers tell them to wash their hands, so we wanted to find a way to make hand hygiene fun," explains Isabelle Faivre, vice president of marketing, Deb USA.

ISS wins the 2017 Best Swiss Employer Award

* ISS-best-Swiss.jpgISS Switzerland has won the '2017 Best Employer Award', based on the largest annual employee survey in Switzerland. For the second year in a row, ISS participated in the benchmarking survey to assess the satisfaction of its own employees, and once again ISS was able to secure the first place.

ISS Switzerland took first place in the category of 'Large companies with more than 1,000 employees', based on the positive feedback from the company's employees.

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Recent UK News

Decon 7 able to eliminate Japanese Fungus

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The manufacturers of Decon 7 say it is powerful enough to eliminate hazardous moulds (including black mould), fungi, viruses, E. coli, bacteria and odours and that it is effective against the latest 'superbug' to hit the headlines: Candida Auris - sometimes referred to as Japanese Fungus.

Soapbox: New energy label is failing vacuum cleaner users

writes Justin Binks, managing director of Sebo UK...

"For the second time in three years, the vacuum cleaner industry is tasked with meeting the requirements of new EU energy labelling which will see a reduction in the rated input power of vacuum cleaners.

CHSA's accredited distributors demand conformance from suppliers

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Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes has increased as distributors joining the Accredited Distributors Scheme demand conformance from their suppliers.

Survey shows that 83% of FM professionals believe BIM will support delivery of facilities management

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Building Information Modelling has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the facilities management industry, according to the results of a new survey published by The British Institute of Facilities Management.

The FM Awareness of Building Information Modelling survey, developed in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, aims to establish a benchmark of the current perceptions of the impact of BIM on the FM sector and the benefits and challenges it presents.

Forestry Commission logs into Salisbury Group's facilities management

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FM innovator, Salisbury Group, has won a competitive tender to provide cleaning, security & support services for up to five years at Silvan House in Edinburgh, the head office of Forestry Commission Scotland and shared UK services for the Forestry Commission.

Children's Hospital introduces cutting edge Surfacide technology to combat HAIs

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There is a large variation in hospital infection rates across the UK, with the worst performers having more than five times the number of cases of Healthcare Acquired Infections than the best performing hospitals.

Infection rates can be cut with better hygiene and improved patient care in hospitals, surgeries and care homes, such as ensuring staff, patients and visitors regularly wash their hands.

Zenith Hygiene Group and CPL Online announce new working partnership

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CPL Online, which provides learning and development software, has announced a new partnership with Zenith Hygiene Group.

The Merseyside-based company has developed a bespoke range of learning resources for Zenith Hygiene, which includes an e-learning course, learning management system and mobile app.

Clarity -The Soap Co. awarded The Planet Mark

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Clarity -The Soap Co., the social enterprise that creates employment for blind and disabled people, has been awarded The Planet Mark for demonstrating its commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 5% over the next 12 months.

Award-winning Julius Rutherfoord Training Academy passes BICSc audit with flying colours

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The Training Academy at Julius Rutherfoord & Co's home in Battersea, London, has passed its British Institute of Cleaning Science audit with flying colours.

Sikafloor system washes away fears of flood damage spread at pharmaceutical plant

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The Smith and Nephew manufacturing facility based in Hull specialises in the production of medical equipment used in advanced wound management.

Facilities managers 'kept in dark' about poor washroom conditions, reveals research

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As entries roll in for the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, showcasing excellence and raising standards in the facilities management and cleaning industries, research shows where facilities managers might be missing a huge opportunity to improve washroom standards and user satisfaction.

BCC welcomes new chair, deputy and new representatives at 2017 AGM

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, officially elected a new chairman and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting.

BICSc launches new accredited training courses

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science has introduced a new range of training courses, developed around the practical and future skills needed for cleaning industry professionals.

The courses launched include Car Valeting, On Premises Laundry, Train the Trainer and a Health & Safety workshop designed specifically for individuals working in the cleaning industry.

Finalists revealed for the BICSc Annual Awards 2017

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The finalists for the British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards 2017 - the UK cleaning industry's premier event celebrating excellence in training and accreditation - have been revealed.

2017 Award Finalists

Client Commitment to Training:
* Birkin Cleaning Services
* University of Sussex - Sussex Estates and Facilities

Innovation at the heart of Facilicom contract with the OU

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Facilicom Cleaning Services has extended and expanded its cleaning contract with the Open University, thanks largely to a joint commitment to innovation.

Events & Exhibitions

ISSA Show North America
15-18th November 2021
Las Vegas


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14th January 2022

CleanNZ Expo
1-2nd March 2022

10-13th May 2022

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