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International News

ACI unveils 'Exploration Clean': Teaching the chemistry behind cleaning

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The American Cleaning Institute has launched 'Exploration Clean', an online experience aimed at teaching middle-school students the science and chemistry behind cleaning.

This is the first step in creating a platform containing educational modules for children describing the science and engineering that goes into cleaning products, and extends ACI's efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, which originated with 2016's 'The Science of Soap' exhibit and online education materials.

Record breaking visitors at Asia's largest expo on cleaning technology

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Asia's largest Expo on Cleaning Technology & Hygiene Solutions - Clean India Pulire 2018 along with Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo saw record numbers visit the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, in Mumbai last month.

Attendees were able to experience the latest technologies and solutions for cleaning, waste, laundry and car care from across the world, while learning more about the potential of the Indian market and establishing connections that will enhance manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales.

Regina Henrich joins ISSA as European manager

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Joining ISSA as European Manager is Regina Henrich, whose most recent role as a strategic management consultant is just part of the extensive corporate and marketing experience she brings to her new position.

Qatari litterbugs look out!

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The Qatari government is cracking down on litterbugs in a new initiative starting today, in which municipal inspectors will start catching culprits, issuing warnings and meting out punishments - which can, in the most severe cases, include a jail term.

Prochem Europe boosts cleaning technology offer for 2018

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Innovatory cleaning technology and solutions in the latest product catalogue from Prochem Europe, include key new releases for 2018.

CMA launches inquiry into purchase of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital

The Competition & Markets Authority launched an inquiry yesterday, into the acquisition of Zenith Hygiene Group by Bain Capital, through Bain Capital's investment in Diversey.

Supply chain reaction: global certification expert states big data key to improving safety standards

As increasingly complex supply chains make it difficult for large manufacturers and retailers to monitor quality and safety across global suppliers, certification provider Bureau Veritas has revealed that adopting a data-based approach to supplier monitoring could be key to driving standards forward.

Christeyns takes over the Spanish Betelgeux

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Christeyns has expanded its activities in Spain and Portugal with the acquisition of Betelgeux, Spanish producer of hygiene products for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.

Christeyns has built up a strong reputation as specialist in cleaning and disinfection products in the European food industry. With the acquisition of Betelgeux, Christeyns fortifies its position in this market and takes a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.

Why 9,854,955 B2 has a certain ring to it for Kaivac

On 2nd January, 2018, Kaivac welcomed the new year with a notice from the US Patent Office. Kaivac's OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning System has been awarded a new patent - number 9,854,955 B2 to be precise. The patent applies to almost all OmniFlex systems including the Dispense-and-Vac, AutoVac, SUV, or hybrid combination of these systems.

Clean Harbors to acquire Veolia North America's Industrial Cleaning Services Division

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Clean Harbors and Veolia Environmental Services North America, a subsidiary of Veolia North America, announced on Tuesday the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Clean Harbors will acquire Veolia North America's US Industrial Cleaning Services Division for $120 million in an all-cash transaction.

Sky's the limit for health & safety inspection as Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures join forces

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Against the backdrop of an increased focus on health & safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level, throughout the UK and continental Europe.

Be in control of your washroom with new Scott Control range

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the new Scott Control Toilet Tissue system to complete its Scott Control washroom solution. Now available as a full range of products, the new system provides facilities managers with the highest standards of hygiene without compromising on efficiency - delivering an uncompromised clean, every single time.

Keep it clean... keep it green... keep it Knol

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Vapour steam cleaning has long been accepted as offering an economical and environmentally friendly process to effectively clean and sanitise a number of different surfaces and equipment. Knol vapour steam cleaning machines are.

Knol provides a vast range of steam cleaning machines for industrial, professional and commercial use that can be used in many industries including; food and beverage, transport, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, health and more.

Easy-on offers durable wall protection solution

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Easy-on is a clear protective coating for any surface, commonly used to defend walls from graffiti, scuffing and damage. One coat lasts for 20 years and can be effortlessly cleaned thousands of times without the need for reapplication.

Schools, housing associations and facilities management companies use Easy-on to extend redecoration intervals and maintain a clean building environment. Walls safeguarded with easy-on are guaranteed to impress and save £££'s.

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I seem to remember this happening before… was it rowers in Rio scooping up something nasty from polluted waters, plus stomach upsets amongst others being bandied around as ‘leaky gut’ rather than something more serious? It all seems so long ago…

The Winter Olympics are about to begin in South Korea and as I write some 90 people have been struck down with Norovirus, the ‘Winter vomiting bug’ which spreads like wildfire. As far as I’m aware, none of the athletes have so far succumbed, although more than 30 security officers and three food preparation staff are confirmed to be suffering – and if those who are handling food haven’t been fastidious about hygiene, all hell could well break loose very soon!

Norovirus lives in faeces and vomit where it can remain active for more than two weeks after someone’s infected and before they’ve suffered any symptoms. Most people will become infected when consuming contaminated food and drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or people. The best way to keep things under control is for people to wash their hands properly – particularly after using the toilet – and to stay away from others if infected. Cleaning regimes have to be at their very best too and it's times like this that people really appreciate the good work that decent cleaners do.

A disinfection and hand sanitisation programme is underway according to Games’ officials, with ‘stringent’ measures’ in place with regard to catering – which, amongst other things, involves food servers wearing masks. Accommodation for 1,200 staff has been quarantined to stop the virus spreading.

I hope that for everyone’s sakes what’s being done will be enough to contain this horrible virus. Whether you’re interested in sport or not, those who are competing have ‘jumped through hoops’ to be there and it would be a shame for them to miss out on their moment of glory through illness.

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This Week's News

If you do one thing this year...

* Manchester-Cleaning-Show.jpg... Don't miss the Manchester Cleaning Show - 11-12 April, Event City, Manchester. Now in its second edition after an incredible launch event which was considered so important that it featured on BBC Breakfast in 2016, this regional show has grown tremendously.

With 100 exhibitors offering demonstrations, discounts and advice, the thousands of visitors expected to attend will also be able to enjoy event highlights including a fantastic line-up of speakers giving advice on future-proofing your business, recruitment, health & safety and creating business growth.

WAMITAB new role of training & assessment manager

* WAMITAB.jpgThe Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has announced the appointment of Karen Slade to the newly created role of training & assessment manager with the responsibility of developingnthe organisation's plans to seek approval to become an End-point Assessment Organisation.

App launch aims to improve industry standards

* Simon-Rice_Cleen-app.jpgHSG UK has launched what it believes is the UK's first fully integrated management tool and review app to help venues and washroom services providers address issues and raise standards.

HSG UK in Derby, has developed the Cleen App which is free to download and enables customers and visitors to log reviews of washrooms in any type of venue from restaurants and shopping centres to sports stadia and airports.

2018 Loo of the Year Awards launched

Many businesses pride themselves on the cleaning standards of the buildings they occupy or that they are responsible for cleaning. The washroom is the most frequent place visited by most building users and first impressions count. High standards must be achieved consistently if the organisation's and/or the associated cleaning or facilities management company's reputation is to be maintained. So how do service providers know how to compare their results with their competitors and how do they gain recognition?

Entry into the annual Loo of the Year Awards offers a way of receiving an independent assessment of 'away from home' toilet provision and recognition of the standards achieved based on 'the washroom standard' for the UK.

Home Office: Investigation into the Disclosure and Barring Service

An investigation is being held into the progress made by an initiative designed to modernise the Disclosure & Barring Service, which provides services that help employers check people's backgrounds against police databases such as criminal records and government lists of those considered unsuitable to work with or in the vicinity of children vulnerable adults.

This service is widely used by organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector, such as schools and care homes, to check prospective employees, volunteers and those involved in cleaning the buildings.

New appointment as Cromwell Polythene continues to grow business

* New-appointment-Cromwell.jpgCromwell Polythene - one of the UK's leading suppliers of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables - has appointed a new business development manager for London and the south east of England. Darren Kitchiner, who has worked in the plastic industry for 27 years, is tasked with expanding Cromwell Polythene's sales in both the janitorial and local authority markets, alongside building relationships with existing customers in the region.

We have mail: Public toilets - a step in the right direction?

Hi Jan,

As a regular reader of your very informative publication, I know you have expressed interest in the thorny issue of public (or 'away from home') toilets in past editions.

May I bring to your attention some positive news regarding The Public Health (Wales) Act 2017? As you may know, this is a very, very important piece of legislation for Local Authorities in Wales, as Section 8 of the Act places a duty on every Local Authority in Wales to create a public toilet strategy for the provision of toilets in villages, towns, cities, sites of cultural, sporting and historical interest, along highways and active travel routes, etc.

Sanuwave receives US patent for use of shock waves in cleaning and grooming of water submerged structures

* Sanuwave.jpgSanuwave Health has been granted a US Patent entitled 'Cleaning and Grooming Water Submerged Structures Using Acoustic Pressure Shock Waves'.

The patent includes 24 claims relating to the apparatus and methods that use shock waves for the cleaning and grooming of submerged structures, such as ships, boats, watercrafts or platform structures, to name a few. Shock waves can be generated with laser electrohydraulic, or spark-gap electrohydraulic, or electromagnetic, or piezoelectric systems that are placed on a remotely operated underwater vehicle.

Getting down and dirty: Matrix machines take the graft out of industrial cleaning

* Matrix-industrial.jpgIndustrial sector steam cleaning machines - believed to be the only such machines manufactured in the UK, are offered by Matrix Cleaning Systems in 110v, 240v or 380v, single and 3-phase versions, operating between 8 and 10 bar pressure.

Designed specifically for the industrial market where reliability and robustness is essential in allowing users to achieve their desired results in improving cleanliness and hygiene standards, the machines boast an efficient dry steam function that reduces water usage. This dry steam function has helped Matrix steam cleaning machines achieve DEFRA accreditation as a water saving technology and has also allowed for the reduction in chemicals used in production lines.

Sanitaryware Supplies Company secures exclusive UK distribution of Grate Seal range

* Sanitaryware-Supplies-Co.jpgSanitaryware Supplies Company (SSC) has secured the exclusive UK distribution rights of the groundbreaking Grate Seal drainage solution range - originally brought to international market by the environmentally-conscious Australian firm Gentec.

SC Johnson Professional partners with National Service Alliance

SC Johnson Professional has announced a new strategic partnership with the National Service Alliance (NSA), the industry-leading group purchasing organisation for building service contractors and related businesses in the US.

This agreement includes all of Deb Group's skin care products, and the newest line of SC Johnson Professional floorcare and surfacecare products. Deb Group is part of SC Johnson Professional and the world's leading away-from-home skincare company.

Lucart strengthens presence in tissue market with acquisition of Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System

* Lucart_CEL.jpgLucart has welcomed 2018 with a major investment aimed at strengthening its market position in the Iberian peninsula, through the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish Group CEL Technologies & System.

Riwal completes integration of AFI GmbH in Germany and appoints new Country Manager

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist, has completed the integration of AFI GmbH, which was acquired in May 2017, into its organisation.

W+D GmbH acquires BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH

* Winkler_GmbH.jpgWinkler+Dünnebier (W+D)-a division of Barry-Wehmiller and a leading provider of integrated system solutions for the mail and hygiene industries - has acquired BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH. Based in Mayen, Germany, BICMA designs and manufactures machinery for the production of hygiene products in the personal-care sector.

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Recent UK News


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David Garcia elected vice president of the CHSA

In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, founder and former chairman of Polaris Plastics, David Garcia, has been elected vice president of the CHSA. David has been an active member of the CHSA for many years. He is currently serving as treasurer of the Association and has previously served as chairman.

Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers Association) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until 2nd March 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

Lynx eyes national growth through Alex Reid Partnership

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Essex based dry cleaning and laundry supplies specialist, Lynx, has entered a partnership with Alex Reid to become what is believed to be the UK's leading provider of consumables and cleaning chemicals to laundry and dry cleaning customers nationwide.

Set up in 2005, Lynx Dry Cleaning Supplies offer a comprehensive range of dry cleaning and laundry items, from leading international brands such as DOW, Cole & Wilson, Avery Dennison and Dylon.

SmartTask celebrates record year with significant growth in cleaning sector

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The rapid adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask gathered pace last year with record levels of growth in the UK and internationally.

In particular, there was 81% increase in the number of field service businesses using the system, which now includes 40 cleaning service providers. It was launched in this sector during 2017.

Two cleaning contract wins for Enfield Norse

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Enfield Norse is celebrating two new cleaning contract wins: a new £10 million, purpose-built school in Enfield and a 660-pupil primary school.

Confined space entry cleaning - it's routine for some!

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Confined entry cleaning wouldn't be everybody's 'cup of tea' but at Blackburn, Lancashire-based Symclean it's just another part of industrial & commercial cleaning work that its operatives are happy to undertake across the UK.

Ricky Smith takes on new role at ICE

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Congratulations to Ricky Smith who has started a new role as managing director corporate accounts at Southampton-based Industrial Cleaning Equipment. Ricky was previously strategic development director with the company - a position he held for almost five years.

Big Belly bins ravenous for Romford's rubbish

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Havering Council has installed eight new hi-tech bins in a bid to reduce litter in Romford Town Centre.

The Big Belly bins are solar powered and have a special compacting mechanism which crushes litter. They hold up to eight times more rubbish than a normal bin.

New national drinking water scheme will cut plastic bottle use by millions

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People will be able to refill water bottles for free in tens of thousands of places in England in future following the announcement of a new national scheme by the water industry today.

It is estimated that the new scheme will cut plastic bottle use by tens of millions each year as well as substantially increasing the availability of high quality drinking water.

Millennials drive the rise of the domestic cleaner in London

Recent research has revealed that demand for professional cleaning services has gone up by a staggering 25% in the past five years in London. A whopping 50% of this increase has been driven by millennials with boroughs that have high populations of 18-35 year olds seeing some of the biggest jumps in demand.

To find out more about London's cleaning needs, Service Octopus decided to see which boroughs were leading the way in the demand for cleaning services. The resulting infographic gives a fascinating snapshot of the impact of millennials on London's cleaning landscape and offers a glimpse into how 18-35 year olds are harnessing technology and making the most of the on-demand economy.

TC Facilities Management unveils refreshed website

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TC Facilities Management is inviting visitors to explore its recently refreshed website. The refreshed look and feel has been designed to offer a more engaging experience with improved navigation and functionality.

All this to allow both existing and prospective customers to see the full range of solutions TC Facilities Management can offer.

Conference to explore how FM industry can adapt to unparalleled change and disruption

The Facilities Management industry's flagship conference from the British Institute of Facilities Management takes place on 1st May 2018. The theme, ‘Adapt or Disappear’, will explore the major disruptors in FM and how businesses and individuals can turn them to their advantage.

Building on last year's event 'FM in a Connected World', Think(beyond)FM 2018 once again promises expert insights and educational takeaways, with a programme of engaging speakers and actionable content as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

Second acquisition by Nationwide

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Following the recent announcement of the purchase of Reflekt, Nationwide Window Cleaning Group, the UK's largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business with a £14m turnover, has bought Electromec - one of its key suppliers.

Electromec is a national provider of cradle and access testing services and employs 30 people. Its customers include Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Knight Frank and the NHS. 

BIFM statement on Carillion

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Following the news that Carillion has gone into liquidation the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued the following statement:

The news that Carillion has ceased trading is both sad and shocking. The clear priority is to ensure that the work the construction and services firm is contracted to do can be completed and the impact for the thousands of Carillion workers, as well as its customers and suppliers, can be minimised.

Axis to make a big splash for charity by cleaning toilets

A caring cleaning company is committing to give every new toilet it maintains this year a thorough cleanse - and a toilet twin. Axis Cleaning & Support Services is to 'twin' every toilet in every new contract it wins this year with a latrine overseas - through the charity campaign Toilet Twinning.

CHSA proud to sponsor CSSA Inaugural Innovation Showcase

The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association tells us it is proud to sponsor the Cleaning & Support Services Association's inaugural Innovation Showcase, established to celebrate the innovation that abounds in the cleaning industry, and is encouraging its members to enter.

The CSSA Innovation Showcase is taking place on 15th March at The Brewery, in the heart of the City of London. It will celebrate the industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, as judged by a 'Dragon's Den' panel of leading figures in the industry, including a representative from the CHSA.

British Cleaning Council creates new secretariat post to increase capacity

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Experienced facilities management consultant Patrick Jongbloet has been appointed by the British Cleaning Council to support the BCC Executive and its membership, as part of its secretariat.

In a newly created role, Patrick will undertake a range of responsibilities including co-ordinating all the BCC's budgets and financial activity and the management of external suppliers.

Celebrating 50 years of cleaning innovation with SCJS

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The Summer of Love for some meant Flower People, the Kings Road - and pop. For Roy Kent, it was the moment he seized to start his own business. And 50 years on, it continues to thrive as one of Prochem Europe's most dynamic distributors.

"Hard to believe it's been 50 years," reflects Roy's son, Andy who with brother Nigel, today runs the Sussex-based Southern Counties Janitorial Supplies.

Analysis of CHSA Accreditation Scheme Performance in 2017 shows great results

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Following the introduction in January 2017 of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors, the CHSA audited more products than ever in 2017. 

The results were exceptional, the Scheme members sustaining very high levels of conformance. The results are more evidence that the only way buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box' is to look for the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marque.

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