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International News

Born again - thanks to Kärcher

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One of New York City's oldest churches is celebrating the completion of a decade of restoration work with help from Kärcher..

Kimberly-Clark Professional joins CABA board to advance intelligent building discussions

Kimberly-Clark Professional has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA) board of directors. CABA is a trade association that promotes advanced technologies for integrated systems and the automation of homes and buildings.

Bridging the gap between cleaning the environment and infection prevention & control

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A new Healthcare Forum is being organised for Wednesday, 16th May, alongside next year's ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. The Forum will address the growing demand for hygienic and disinfecting products and solutions in the healthcare sector - a demand that has been fuelled by the increasing threat of healthcare-associated infections.

Building One FS "first in Connecticut" to offer innovative germ-fighting electrostatic system

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Building One Facility Services says is the first company in Connecticut to buy the Clorox Total 360 System and that it has taken this step to add an additional layer of surface protection and create an even healthier environment for its clients.

Ettore: Three glass cleaners working with one machine

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American company Ettore attended CMS for the first time, where it presented the EZ1Pro+ converter. Peter Jansen, who is responsible for development work at Ettore, says that ,"The EZ1Pro+ can convert municipal water into de-mineralised water.

Three people can work simultaneously with this stainless steel machine, one with the chemicals and the other two with the water."

Berlin cleaning trade fair sets new attendance record

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The International Cleaning Trade Fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services. ended on a bright note. From last Tuesday to Friday, the 23,000 industry representatives from more than 70 countries - including 18,300 trade visitors from every branch of the cleaning sector, were able to network whilst obtaining information about the commercial cleaning products and services on offer.

Very Foomy dispensing!

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It was the unusual spelling of the Fooom modular dispensing system that first got our attention at last week's CMS. Apparently the Netherlands based company were the inventors of the spray soap and toilet seat cleaner, and Koen van den Braak (left) and his colleague Jeroen (right) were on hand to tell us about their latest innovations.

"The lightest backpack vacuum in the world"

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The Lindhaus LB4 L-ion Superleggera Backpack vacuum cleaner is superlight and multifunctional. Designed to be light for ease of use, but without compromise to performance, the LB4 L-ion weighs only 4.9 kg battery included, but offers a 5-stage filtration system and air volume lift of 30 litres/sec.

The electric version weighs only 3.8 kg and provides air volume lift of 52 litres/sec.

New rapid water test will help fight Legionnaires' disease across EMEA region

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IDEXX has announced the launch across Europe, The Middle East and Africa, of Legiolert, a new culture testing method that enables building owners and facilities managers to simplify water testing and reduce the risk posed by Legionnaires' disease.

Global industrial vacuum cleaner market to reach US$ 729.9mn by 2027

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The global industrial vacuum cleaner market is expected to witness a value and volume Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% and 4.5% respectively during the forecast period, with the market anticipated to reach a market value of US$ 729.9mn by the end of 2027.

Clorox Healthcare helps EvergreenHealth fight infection-causing pathogens

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As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, EvergreenHealth has partnered with Clorox Healthcare to bring advanced ultraviolet light disinfecting technology to the health system's existing patient safety and infection-fighting protocols.

iVo Power Brush XL - for hard floor details & stairs

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Have trouble cleaning the edges of floors or staircases? You're not alone! These are the main reasons that the iVo Power Brush XL is so much loved. It is a powerful yet lightweight scrubbing tool that can be used for a huge variety of scrubbing tasks.

Kaivac opens new corporate campus to support major sales growth

Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex cleaning systems, marks a milestone in its corporate history. The company is moving 9th October, 2017, to a new, multi-building corporate campus in Hamilton, Ohio - a move president & CEO Bob Robinson Sr, says was needed because of significant business growth in the past few years in the US, Canada, and overseas.

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Despite last year's introduction of the National Living Wage, which saw the biggest fall in 40 years in the number of people in low-paid work (and not forgetting its predecessor the National Minimum Wage, introduced at the back end of the last century), low pay is endemic in the UK and there's been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs.

A report released today by the Social Mobility Commission, explores pay trends over recent decades and examines the factors linked to low pay and progression. It finds that just one in six low-paid workers managed to permanently escape low pay in the last decade, a quarter remained permanently stuck in low pay and nearly half fluctuated in and out of low pay.

On average, people stuck on low pay have seen their hourly wages rise by just 40p in real terms over the last decade, compared to a £4.83 pay rise for those who have permanently escaped! While there's been some progress for women over recent decades, they're more likely to be low paid and far more likely to get stuck in low pay, with those in their early twenties struggling most, thanks to a lack of good-quality, flexible work to fit alongside childcare responsibilities as the most likely barrier.

The risk of long-term low pay has increased for men (from 20% to 25%); since more men are now in low-paid, part-time work. Nearly two-thirds of workers 'stuck' in low pay are working part time, while nearly three-quarters of those who escaped low pay were working full time. Older workers are far less likely to escape low pay than their younger counterparts... 23% of low-paid workers aged 25 or under escaped low pay over the decade, compared to 15% of those aged 46 to 55.

The Social Mobility Commission is calling for a new approach to break the cycle, saying welfare policy should focus on moving people from low pay to living pay and that Government should join forces with employers in a new national effort to improve progression and productivity at work. It says employers need to improve career routes for staff, while Government should support them with a welfare system that encourages progression at work. Knowing how many of those holding key positions in the top companies in our industry started off as cleaners, I can't think of a better place for Government to look for inspiration, can you?

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This Week's News

Global Health leader to launch interactive exhibit dedicated to health and hygiene

* Global-Health-leader.jpgClean the World Foundation is continuing its commitment to hygiene education by launching a worldwide Global Handwashing Day initiative, aimed at building awareness for the importance of proper hygiene. This involves building a permanent interactive exhibit (opening on World Health Day, 7th April 2018) dedicated to health and hygiene education.

A fresh approach to water system management

* Nevasure.jpgGuardian Water Treatment has enhanced its offering by forming an exclusive partnership with corrosion monitoring expert, Hevasure, and also adding Hydrosphere's flushing-reducing technology to its pre-commissioning cleaning services; innovative solutions designed to extend system life and cut costs spent on chemicals, consultants and laboratory sampling.

RAS certifies Far East malls under the star-rated Happy Toilet Programme for first time

* RAS-certifies-malls.jpgThe Restroom Association (Singapore) tells us that after an on-site consultation for Clark Quay Central shopping mall, more than 20 toilets were Happy Toilet certified in September.

Maintaining aerosols: Best practice goes beyond product selection

* Maintaining-aerosols.jpgMaintenance is arguably the most important step in the lifecycle of any application. Regardless of how effective a piece of equipment operates, performance inevitably declines over time unless it is cared for appropriately.

Likewise, maintenance products such as aerosols require proper consideration to remain safe and effective.

Nationwide Window Cleaning on acquisition trail

* Nationwide-WC.jpgNationwide Window Cleaning (NWC), the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business is on the acquisition trail. The first significant purchase is a Midlands based window cleaning business, Reflekt Cleaning Company.

Founded in 2005, Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.

Gojo Introduces tough, sustainable heavy-duty hand cleaner

* Gojo-goes-tough.jpgGojo has relaunched its Gojo Multi Green hand cleaner, a USDA BioPreferred certified product formulated with natural pumice scrubbers to quickly remove oil, grease, paint and tar from hands.

With advanced renewable detergents, Gojo Multi Green heavy-duty hand cleaner is a powerful, effective, hand cleaner that's paraben-free and better for the environment.

Brightwell Dispensers has moved its headquarters to new premises

* Brightwell-new-HQ.jpgBrightwell Dispensers, manufacturer of innovative soap, paper and chemical dispensing systems has moved.

The company's previous offices and production areas have served it well for many years. However, with increasing demand for its dispensing equipment and its growth and expansion plans, the time had come for a change.

Ochsner Medical Center launches infection-fighting robots to enhance patient safety

* Ochsner-Medical.jpgOchsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway is setting a new standard for patient care by deploying Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Xenex's LightStrike Robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause HAI.

Vectair Systems supports global climate change programmes to offset its carbon emissions

* Vectair1.jpgVectair Systems is supporting climate change projects around the world to make its flagship environmentally-friendly and non-aerosol aircare product V-Air Solid completely carbon neutral.

V-Air Solid was approved as meeting the Carbon Footprint Standard in July 2017, and Vectair has taken the next step for it to become completely carbon neutral by offsetting its carbon footprint.

Principle retains Broadgate Estates Rowe portfolio

* Principle_Broadgate_Rowe.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has retained the prestigious Broadgate Estates Rest of West End (ROWE) portfolio.

The London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most prominent buildings in the Capital, secured the multi-site contract renewal following a rigorous tender process.

Moscow's new Zaryadye Park benefits from Italian job

* nebulizzazione_Moscow-park.jpgItalian manufacturer Idrobase Group found a new use for its misting systems, having been asked to supply them at the new Zaryadye theme park, recently inaugurated by Vladimir Putin in an area adjacent to the Kremlin. The 78,000sq.m park - the first public park built in Moscow in 50 years - mimics Russian climate clusters; tundra, steppe, forest and swamp.

KBR awarded contract to deliver UK MOD's FM services in Middle East

KBR announced this week that it has been awarded the Facilities Management Services Operations (FMSO) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence in the Middle East. Under a major exercise by the MOD to rationalise contracts across its operational estate, KBR will now be the sole supplier delivering FM services to the UK MOD on deployed operations.

Under the terms of the contract KBR will deliver a vast range of hard and soft FM services across the UK MOD's operational estate in the Middle East to include:

AM Services Group acquires Liverpool washroom business

* AM-Services-Group.jpgMorecambe facilities management business AM Services Group has revealed the latest in a series of acquisitions to support the company's growth strategy.

AM Services Group recently acquired the highly respected, Liverpool-based, family-owned SLS Washroom Services, following a major expansion of its services in Spring 2016, with the acquisition of a leading Stoke-on-Trent based specialist cleaning company.

Survey finds bad toilets are definitely bad for business in UAE

* Survey-bad-toilets.jpgThe condition of toilets in UAE businesses may deter - or attract - customers, according to a recent survey. Half of Emiratis who experience unclean toilets vow to never again frequent the business or will think twice before doing so in the future, according to the 2017 Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted in the UAE by Bradley Corporation.

About a third will tell a friend and name the business.

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Recent UK News

Bain makes offer for Zenith Hygiene to expand Diversey in Europe

Bain Capital Private Equity has this week announced that it has, through its investment in Diversey, reached agreement on the terms of a recommended final cash offer for Zenith Hygiene Group, the UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene chemicals and related products.

Loo of the Year Awards judging commences

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The Loo of the Year Awards inspection team havs now completed the inspection of thousands of 2017 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. The inspectors have travelled thousands of miles by road, train and aircraft and have visited 836 towns/cities and 56 London Underground Stations while inspecting every category of 'away from home' washroom.

Lanes proves a safe bet for casino drainage solution

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Facilities managers at a Scottish casino played their cards right by calling in Lanes Group to help them resolve a tricky drainage problem. Internal drainage pipes at the casino were proving susceptible to springing a leak, especially during and after periods of heavy rain.

Impact of outstanding FM recognised at the BIFM Awards

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Individuals and organisations driving innovation and delivering exceptional results in facilities management stepped into the spotlight when the winners of the British Institute of Facilities Management Awards 2017 were revealed on Monday.

Broadgate Campus awards major cleaning contract to JPC

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London cleaning provider, JPC has won a major contract to clean the city's prestigious Broadgate Campus. The 30-acre mixed-use campus in the City of London is jointly owned by British Land and GIC and is JPC client Broadgate Estate's biggest contract.

BICSc Annual Awards 2017 - the winners

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The British Institute of Cleaning Science announced the winners of its 2017 Annual Awards in a special presentation ceremony yesterday evening at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire recently.

Hosted by BBC Broadcaster, Sally Bundock and supported by headline sponsor Citation as well as individual category sponsors, the event saw almost 200 guests in attendance celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals across the cleaning industry.

We have mail: A solution to fatbergs...

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In response to the recent article regarding the monster fatberg that has blocked London's sewerage system, I am writing to express concern that this was permitted to grow to this extent by the local authority and water network providers, as this scenario is completely preventable.

Recent ISSA UK/IE member networking & education event first of its kind in UK

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ISSA recently held its member networking & education event hosted by member company Newell-Rubbermaid Commercial Products in Lichfield, Staffs. It was the first ISSA event of its kind for the cleaning & hygiene industry in the UK.

Recycle Week beach litter research reveals recycling on the go has room for improvement

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Cromwell Polythene has undertaken a beach cleaning and litter surveying programme to mark Recycle Week (25 September - 1 October) and encourage maximum levels of recycling. Results indicate recycling on the go needs improvement.

Brexit and Beyond: environmental principles to guide a sustainable future

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The UK's short-term focus must be on fully transposing the European Union's 'environmental acquis' into UK law to ensure continued environmental protection and provide much-needed post-Brexit certainty, says IEMA.

Soapbox: What is workforce management and why is it important to the Cleaning Industry?

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Lee Taylor, responsible for business development at Roma Systems, writes...

"Workforce Management is a series of processes designed to help in the management of your staff. These processes are linked to HR, and are largely to do with the people who provide your service. This means your cleaning operatives.

Bite-sized learning for busy cleaning operatives

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Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has enhanced its online training platform: the Learning Management Solution. It is now even more versatile and accessible, thanks to the introduction of new cleaning guide shorts, called Task Cards.

Polo to polio - more building support service wins for Regent Samsic

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The second quarter of 2017 saw further uplift in building support services provider Regent Samsic's market share with key contract gains including fashion icon Ralph Lauren.

NHS Trust achieves ISSA CIMS Accreditation

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, part of Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, has recently achieved accreditation to the Cleaning Industry Management Standard. David McGarrigan, associate director, estates & facilities, proudly says of the award:

Incentive QAS grows London portfolio with 80 Cheapside contract

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Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning company, has been awarded a three-year contract by Workman, the property management and building consultancy firm, to provide a range of soft services at 80 Cheapside in the City of London.

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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