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International News

The not so dirty dozen! Interclean Amsterdam reveals Innovation Awards 2018 shortlist

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The upcoming Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards have just become a little more exciting for the companies responsible for the 12 entries that have made it onto the newly revealed 2018 shortlist.

Satin Ellipse - the new premium dispenser range from Kennedy Hygiene, is launched

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Kennedy Hygiene Products, manufacturer of Ellipse range of dispensers, is launching the new premium product line, Satin Ellipse, this month.

Greyland's Orange-Maximum - one of your 6 a day fruity flavours for Premier cleanliness everywhere!

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Orange-Maximum is the latest product to join the new Greyland Premier Range of cleaning concentrates suitable for a wide range of janitorial and industrial applications.

Graffiti Stop from Dresden makes successful use of Systeco Tornado ACS

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German service provider Graffiti Stop carries out all kinds of activities, including the cleaning of tiles and joints in public and private pools and bathrooms, the extensive cleaning of rental homes before they are handed over to new tenants, and rust removal.

Riwal a winner in European Business Awards

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Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist, has won The National Customer and Market Engagement Award in the European Business Awards.

Interclean Amsterdam releases full schedule for upcoming show

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With its 2018 event just two months away, Interclean Amsterdam has unveiled the full schedule for the exhibition - including the widely-anticipated Healthcare Forum running alongside the show.

Xeros near-waterless commercial laundry system now available in South Africa

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Xeros, the innovator in sustainable cleaning technologies, yesterday announced that its near-waterless laundry system is now available in South Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in more than a century.

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning wins 2018 Global Franchise Award

Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.

Canadian healthcare providers are re-examining their cleaning strategies

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Aging demographics and a spike in chronic conditions amongst Canadians, combined with increased turnover of hospital rooms, has forced healthcare providers to rethink their strategies for protecting patients at their most critical moments.

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team deploys to Nigeria

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The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a joint run effort of Public Health England and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is deploying to Nigeria to help control an unusually severe epidemic of Lassa fever.

Worldwide floorcare machines market to reach US$ 4,600mn by 2025

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A recent global market study on floorcare machines has concluded that the floorcare machines market will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3.0%, with market size reaching over US$4,600 million by the end of 2025.

Bringing the cleaning world together - with TVH in Waregem (BE)

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Are you looking for opportunities to establish new international contacts and to connect with peers, industry experts, as well as ISSA members and representatives?

Kärcher teams up with AFC club programme as tournament official sponsor

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German cleaning equipment manufacturer Kärcher is now an official sponsor of both the Asian Football Confederation Champions League and the AFC Cup.

Avidbots signs distributor agreement with Macnica to help address Japan labour shortage

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Avidbots has this week announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Macnica, supplier of speciality technology products in Japan and worldwide. Macnica will distribute Neo self-driving floor scrubber across Japan to customers challenged by the largest labour shortage in the country in over 40 years.

Ecoppia robotic solar panel cleaning systems provide water-free solution at massive plant

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Ecoppia, the developer of robotic, water-free photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions, announced this week the completion of deployment of hundreds of its automated systems in the 2,255MW Bhadla Solar Park in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, in a site developed by Engie Solar India.

Bunzl Canada partners with IoT developer Visionstate on latest technology product

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Bunzl Canada has this week announced its exclusive agreement with Visionstate to distribute its Internet of Things-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext. This is the second next-generation technology partnership announcement in recent months by Bunzl, following on from its introduction of an exclusive electrostatic disinfecting technology.

Former CEO Ernie Rosenberg receives ACI Chairman's Award

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Ernie Rosenberg, who served as the American Cleaning Institute's president & CEO for 17 years, is the recipient of the special ACI Chairman's Award, recognising his outstanding leadership of the Association for the cleaning product supply chain. He was honoured during the 2018 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.

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From the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards last Thursday, to the Cleaning & Support Services Innovations Showcase (sponsored by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association) taking place today, the UK cleaning industry is certainly celebrating its leading lights at the moment.

‘Golden Service’, as it has become affectionately known, is one of our longest-running and most highly-regarded Awards programmes, having started in 1991 before some of those whose work was being scrutinised by the judges this year, were even born. You can see the list of winners below and may I offer my hearty congratulations to each and every one of those involved in keeping the winning sites clean, as well as the individuals who’ve been recognised for their ‘stand-out’ efforts.

The CSSA’s Innovations Showcase, which is in its launch year, is one that’s based on a novel concept – a Dragon’s Den-style selection process in which 24 shortlisted companies presented their innovations to a panel of industry experts – and although as far as I’m aware, the judges weren’t under pressure to consider investing thousands of pounds of their own money in any of the innovations that took their fancy, I understand that choosing the finalists was incredibly difficult.

The process must also have been a lot of fun (and if you’re wondering why I say that, please visit Dragons_Den_(UK_TV_series) where you’ll find an excellent outline of what being in the Dragon’s Den involves).

The eight shortlisted innovations are being presented to the industry-at-large today in London for a final vote and I look forward to learning which innovation has won, later on.

I know from attending product launches and exhibitions, that it’s only when you’re speaking to those involved in the development of a new product or service, and see them presenting it with a passion, that it actually ‘comes alive’ and you can really understand its features and benefits and why they’re there.

Because of this, I’m hoping that these new CSSA awards are considered successful enough that they will be held again in future, and that perhaps the Dragon’s Den presentations are thrown open to a wider audience, so more people can understand that the mechanics of - and the science behind our industry, are something to be admired.

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This Week's News

Golden Service Awards shine spotlight on cleaning industry stars

* Golden-Service-Awards-op-of-year.jpgLast Thursday, the cream of the UK's professional cleaning industry gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane, to recognise its newest stars.

Yes... it was time for the highly-anticipated 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards - the long-running Awards programme which recognises outstanding commitment and a passion to deliver performances that raises cleaning standards.

The CHSA's voice in Parliament

* CHSA-Voice-in-Parliament.jpgStephen Kerr MP (left of picture) has agreed to act as an unpaid Parliamentary Adviser to the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, giving the Association's members a voice in Parliament.

Stephen is MP for a Stirling, a seat he contested in 2005 and 2015 prior to winning it in 2017. Before entering Parliament, he was EMEA sales operations leader at Kimberly-Clark, a company he originally joined in 1986. 

Betco acquires GMI Engineered Products

* Betco-acquires-GMI.jpgAs a company with great strength in commercial floorcare since 1950, Betco Corporation has expanded its portfolio by acquiring the assets of GMI Engineered Products - including CRMX, 3-Step Concrete Polishing System (pictured in action), in January 2018.

The CRMX System was created as the best restoration solution for concrete polishing professionals and will help broaden Betco's product offering in concrete flooring restoration and maintenance alongside Crete Rx, an innovative concrete maintenance solution for facilities.

RPC Group acquisitions have been awarded a place on Frameworks

* RPC-Group_Framework.jpgRPC bpi recycled products and ESE World UK, both recently acquired by RPC Group, have been awarded places on Frameworks with Braintree District Council for its Refuse Supplies Framework PROC17-0110 and the ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) Framework 860_18 Refuse and Recycling Products.

The companies are leaders in their respective fields and jointly offer customers a large selection of high-quality products and services - RPC bpi recycled products is the leading manufacture of refuse sacks and ESE World is the leader in providing temporary storage solutions for waste and recyclable materials.

Soapbox: Honouring new water technologies on World Water Day 22nd March, 2018

* Soapbox_World-Water-Day.jpg"This year, for World Water Day, we must celebrate all the new technologies helping us use water more efficiently," writes Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co, one of the largest manufacturers of waterless urinals in the US...

"International World Water Day is held annually on 22nd March. Its goal is to focus on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the better management of water.

Avidbots accelerates global growth by opening regional office in Hong Kong

* Avidbot.jpgAvidbots has this week announced the opening of a regional sales and service office in Hong Kong. The office will support customers throughout the Asia Pacific Region who are embracing robotics to drive productivity gains, with a focus on direct sales in the Hong Kong and Macau markets as well as support for market entry into mainland China.

Domestic Angels' Sam backing Women Mean Business campaign

* Domestic-Angels_Sam.jpgDomestic Angels founder Samantha Acton has joined the likes of Samantha Cameron, Baroness Karren Brady, MPs Harriet Harman and Nicky Morgan and top business owners Kelly Hoppen, Kath Kidston and Jacqueline Gold in signing the Daily Telegraph's open letter urging the Government to back female entrepreneurship in the UK.

Entrepreneur Samantha founded Domestic Angels in 2002 and franchised the business in 2016, boasting around 30 staff and providing a home-based management solution across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Teams with gender parity achieve better results across the board: Sodexo finds

* gender-parity-chart.jpgFood services and facilities management company Sodexo, has found that teams managed by a balanced mix of men and women are more successful across a range of measurements.

The five-year, one-of-a-kind study of 70 entities across different functions represents 50,000 managers worldwide.

Anti-fatigue mats promote employee wellbeing

* Anti-fatigue-mats.jpgUsing a standing desk over a conventional workstation with desk, chair and computer screen can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees, but standing on hard floors can cause problems all of their own.

Ergonomic standing desk mats from Mats4U can help your team to burn more calories during the day while still being comfortable at work.

California's new workplace safety regs protect hotel housekeepers from injury

California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers.

The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, was approved 9th March by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective 1st July.

First-of-its-kind, self-cleaning pedestrian bridge swings into place

* self-cleaning-footbridge.jpgThis week, the main span of the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare, and lowered into its permanent position.

The largest pedestrian bridge moved via self-propelled modular transportation in US history, it is also the first in the world to be constructed entirely from self-cleaning concrete.

Jangro appoints new CEO

* Jangro-new-CEO.jpgJangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has announced the appointment of Joanne Gilliard as CEO. She assumes responsibilities with immediate effect.

Having been with Jangro for 16 years in the role of operations director, Joanne has seen her leadership roles gradually expanded, from establishing a professional and efficient Head Office, to chairing the Jangro Group Development Committee and more recently becoming Chair of the Jangro Board. She also sits on many industry association boards, including the Cleaning & Support Services Association.

Stallkamp enforces the wastewater business with reliable stainless steel tanks

* Stallkamp.jpgIn the past, Stallkamp has repeatedly implemented projects for sewage treatment plants and the wastewater industry.

In addition to various sludge tanks, this also included complex wastewater treatment plants such as a stainless-steel tank with a stainless-steel floor or a funnel-shaped secondary clarifier.

New research reveals that 3-in-4 drivers are yet to complete required CPC training

* Driver-competency.jpgNew research has revealed that only 24% of drivers have completed the full 35 hours Driver Certificate of Professional Competence training required of them by 2019, with nearly half of drivers (49%) still at least 14 hours short.

The research of commercial drivers and operators unveiled that over 52% of the respondents welcome training as they feel it helps them to be a better driver, while over half would like to see new industry courses introduced.

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Recent UK News

Remain within REACH, says Environmental Policy Forum

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The effective regulation of chemicals is critical for the economy, public health, environmental protection and animal welfare and ending the UK's involvement in the EU chemical framework REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals) could have serious consequences.

Institute of Civil Engineers and BIFM to collaborate for new FM contract

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The Institute of Civil Engineers and the British Institute of Facilities Management have announced a joint initiative to explore the potential of developing a completely new form of contract explicitly for facilities management.

Northern Ireland adopts circular economy strategy

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Derry City and Strabane District Council, Northern Ireland, has approved a strategy developed by Eunomia, aimed at developing a zero waste circular economy.

Innovation on show at first CSSA & CHSA showcase

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Some of the cleaning industry's most advanced technology was on show at the Cleaning & Support Services Association and Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association innovation showcase held at the Brewery in London recently.

CHSA charity pro-am golf course moves to stunning new venue, Rockliffe Hall

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's annual Pro-Am Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on Thursday 13th September, is moving to a new venue - the stunning Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.

The future of PFI and private finance in infrastructure: Government experts speak

With the collapse of Carillion and fears expressed about other major companies, the spotlight is on the future of private finance in infrastructure delivery. When PFI was first introduced under the Major government and then embraced wholeheartedly by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, the memory of egregious cases of massive budget overruns and missed deadlines in the delivery of public projects was still fresh in the collective memory.

SWC awarded IRATA certification

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SWC, part of Incentive FM Group, has been recognised for its high standard of rope access working and been awarded corporate membership of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association.

Cromwell Polythene's family extended as employees celebrate long service

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The job market is often much more short-term than it used to be, but family-run business Cromwell Polythene says it is proud to be bucking that trend as a succession of staff members celebrate 10 or 20 year anniversaries with the company.

New business development manager for Duplex

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Duplex Cleaning Machines have announced the appointment of a new business development manager for the southern region, John Still. John said "I have spent the past ten years as a BDM for a national facilities company which has given me a great insight into the cleaning industry. I am very pleased to have joined Duplex as the Southern BDM and look forward to meeting our customers, dealers and distributors."

Second ISSA UK/IE Networking & Education Event

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ISSA members and their guests gathered at the second ISSA UK/IE Member Networking & Education Event in London, to gain insights into the latest drivers impacting the industry and enjoy the opportunity to business network with fellow industry professionals. ISSA member Amazon EU, hosted the event at its new headquarters in Shoreditch.

Tony Wall appointed Airdri Group CEO

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The Airdri Group has confirmed the appointment of Tony Wall as chief executive officer from 1st May 2018. Reporting to Bruce Philipps and the Airdri Board, Tony will oversee the day-to-day operations of the group in Oxford, Chicago, Shanghai and Guangzhou and will have a strong focus on sales growth across the key products and markets in which Airdri operates.

Cole & Wilson strengthens its position in Christeyns UK group

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Following continued success with its 'gentle care' washing and dry-cleaning chemicals, Cole & Wilson is set for further growth as parent company Christeyns UK bolsters its professional hygiene and chemistry divisions.

Jangro enhances floorcare education

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Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently enhanced its floorcare education to help cleaning operatives achieve impeccably clean and flawless-looking floors, with the introduction of a new Floor Pad Guide.

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