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International News

ISSA Oceania announces leadership change & staffing expansion

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The Oceania division of ISSA is preparing for a change in leadership. Kim Taranto, ISSA Oceania manager, is passing the mantle to Lauren Micallef, effective tomorrow. The move comes as Kim takes her leave to pursue a new career opportunity and Lauren - a dynamic executive who has risen through the ranks of product and business marketing, leading teams and launching nationwide programs in Australia - will likely prove a worthy successor.

No - not a bad back; just making aqueous ozone

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TC Cleaning machines is the exclusive UK importer for the TomCat range of floor cleaning equipment. Built in America on the banks of Lake Michigan, these machines are supplied by some 300 distributors in over 36 countries and we were impressed with the fact that the machine pictured here makes its own aqueous ozone as it goes along.


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Thomas Fairbairn EcoDepo's general manager Rory McAlinden had a lot to show off on the stand and we were really impressed with the clever thinking behind the many different waste and recycling bins on display.

Rotowash: proven technology still going strong

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John and I both know Rotowash from our earliest days in the industry and we were pleased to learn that nothing much as changed with this popular technology, apart from "a few tweaks" as we were told. Well - as the saying goes: "I it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Mira: delivering miracles?

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We loved the manoeuvrability of this piece of equipment, which as well as being able to clean efficiently in and around fixtures and low furniture thanks to its handle which can adopt just about any angle, was extremely light and easy to handle, as sales manager Simon Jackson ably demonstrated.

We weren't the only ones who'd been impressed by the Mira... Simon told us that the team had already taken 10 'really good' enquiries - and the show had only been open for about four hours!

Muck Muncher!

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Sure Chemicals designs, manufactures and supplies a full range of high quality products for industrial, commercial and domestic applications. Established in 1983, its success is based on its flexibility in the manufacture of products to suit specific needs and quantity requirements.

Touchless technology cleans wet areas, carpet and upholstery

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Prochem Europe is showcasing its new touchless cleaning technology for washrooms and other wet areas that also can be used on carpet and upholstery.

Outsource Support chooses SmartTask to better manage FM teams

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Outsource Support, a leading provider of facilities and support services in Ireland, has adopted SmartTask to better monitor and coordinate its cleaning and security teams.

Changes to marine litter composition includes 'dramatic' reduction in plastic bags, finds research

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Some 25 years of research from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has revealed changes in the composition of marine plastic litter, finding a decrease in the number of plastic bags found on the UK's seabed and suggesting that efforts may be able to tackle the marine litter challenge.

SOCMA: Proposed China tariffs to impact cleaning chemicals manufacture

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The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), whose members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain, has today responded to an announcement by China that it plans to impose tariffs on billions of dollars in US exports, including chemicals, in retaliation to the recently proposed US tariffs on Chinese aluminum, steel and other products.

RAS shares its in-depth knowledge with foreign professionals

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After a series of training sessions conducted from August to September last year, which received acclaim from the Ascendas-Singbridge (ASB) senior management, the Restroom Association (Singapore) was invited to the ASB Forum in New Delhi on 21st March to share similar information about design, maintenance and education with other ASB professionals from countries such as Australia, China and India.

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.

SEBO launches YouTube channel

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Leading vacuum cleaner manufacturer, Sebo, has launched its own YouTube channel.

Having recently introduced the latest ePower ranges, including the brand new X7, Sebo's YouTube channel provides 'how to' guides for the new models. The guides focus on vacuum cleaner maintenance tips such as changing the filters, bags and brush rollers on different models.

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Diversey brings transparency to the laundry process with IntelliLinen

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Diversey has this week introduced its IntelliLinen laundry dispenser powered by Diversey's Internet of Clean (IoC). The IntelliLinen system provides real-time and remote transparency of energy and water consumption, chemical accuracy, machine downtime and day-to-day operational costs to prevent costly disruptions and errors within laundry operations.

Facility Inspiration Event to display the full flavour of Interclean Amsterdam

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Reinforcing its reputation as the global platform for every sector of the professional cleaning industry, Interclean Amsterdam - which takes place from 15th - 18th May 2018 - has announced it will be hosting a Facility Inspiration Event at this year's show.

Chem-Dry parent acquires award-winning restoration franchise Delta Disaster Services

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HRI Holdings, parent company to the Chem-Dry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning and N-Hance Wood Refinishing franchise businesses, announced this week the acquisition of Delta Disaster Services - an established and innovative restoration concept.

Surfactant production facilities under new ownership in Mexico

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Stepan Company has, through a subsidiary in Mexico, closed on the previously announced agreement with BASF Mexicana, to acquire its surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico and a portion of its associated surfactants business.

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Late last night, an industry contact sent me a link to a Daily Mail article headlined: ‘Queen offers Buckingham Palace cleaning jobs at just £8.17 an hour - £2.03 below the London Living Wage’.

The article says the Queen’s cleaning staff are being offered only £8.17 an hour - £2.03 less than the £10.20 London living wage rate, and that successful candidates will also have Palace rent deducted from their pay packets. It points out, that although payment of the rate is voluntary, the Crown Estate, which operates land owned by the Queen across the UK, is one of 1,000 or so employers who’ve signed up to pay it.

According to the article, the Palace housekeeping role is a full-time one and pays £16,995 annually, which works out at £326 a week for a 40-hour week and means that the cleaners – working at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle (or both – it’s not clear from the article), will be paid an hourly rate lower than the £9.27 an hour being advertised at three Lidl supermarkets in Greater London. And with the rent coming out of the cleaners’ pay packets, the amount earned per hour will be even less.

The article then quotes a Palace spokesperson as saying: “This is an entry level position which offers full training. It includes accommodation in Central London and meals. Additionally, the Royal Household contributes 15% of the employee’s salary into a pension scheme.

I always like to have a look at the source of any newspaper articles so quickly Googled ‘Royal Household vacancies’, but was unable to find any housekeeping roles on the listings, so am assuming that any jobs have already been snapped up.

I have to say that if this is the case, I’m not at all surprised. Lower than London Living Wage or not, getting to live and eat in what must surely be the UK’s most prestigious address, is not something to be sniffed at. There are no travel costs to worry about or the frustration of cramming onto a crowded train or sitting in traffic jams. Further, the pension contribution is really generous while full training is provided. And just imagine how it must feel to have something like that on your CV!

Royal Household or Lidl? For me it would be ‘no contest’.

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This Week's News

Manchester Cleaning Show exceeds 2016 debut

Last week's Manchester Cleaning Show has exceeded its 2016 debut, with 27% more exhibitors, 40% more floor-space and higher visitor numbers, reports the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the event with Quartz Business Media. Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors - nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.

Industry giants to become UK and Ireland's largest supplier of cleaning & hygiene products

* Industry-giant.jpgDiversey and Zenith Hygiene Group have announced the completion of the transaction by Bain Capital Private Equity which will combine the two companies, creating the UK and Ireland's largest manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products.

The combined group will create a £170m market leader with approximately 1,000 employees nationally, poised for growth across the UK & Ireland.

I know my place

* Greyland-lineup.jpgVisitors of a certain age to the recent Manchester Cleaning Show could be forgiven for doubling up with laughter as they passed the Greyland stand.

FSA trials new technology for remote monitoring of food businesses

* FSA-trials-new-tech.jpgNew digital technology that is increasingly used by food businesses to manage hygiene practices could soon also be used to help environmental health officers monitor food businesses in real time, enabling them to detect food safety problems sooner and improve protection for the public.

Hero Wipes to launch new bloodborne pathogen antiseptic wipes for EMS providers

* Hero-Wipes.jpgThe Hero Wipes brand has expanded its product line to tackle another threat faced by first responders: bloodborne pathogens.

With the launch of Hero Wipes EMS, first responders now have a wipe that effectively cleans and kills 99.9% of germs to reduce the risk of infection that bloodborne pathogens present. And, of course, if they are good for first responders, they are good for anyone who risks coming into contact with someone else's blood - such as cleaners.

Waxie Sanitary Supply names executive vice president

* Waxie_exec-vp.jpgWaxie Sanitary Supply has announced the promotion of Mike Midas to executive vice president for the Northern California, Pacific Northwest and Colorado regions.

Mike has been with Waxie for 12 years. During his tenure, he has led the Portland branch through a start-up phase and has also been a part of acquiring Waxie's Seattle and Alaska branches. For the past seven years, he has been the general manager for the Colorado branch and he has led the region to impressive growth, expanding the Waxie brand and presence throughout the state.

Cleaning businesses need to take a systematic approach to support sustainable growth

* Systematic-approach.jpgA lack of standardisation and business process is a clear barrier to building a valuable contract cleaning company according to Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask.

Tissue & Hygiene Market Industry Trends & Outlook 2018, just released

The newly-released Global Tissue & Hygiene Market Research Report 2018 provides strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global tissue and hygiene sector.

Along with strategically analysing the key micro markets, the report also focuses on industry-specific drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges in the tissue and hygiene market.

New software reduces cleaning rounds from 90 to 68 per day at Unilever HQ

* New-software.jpgOpened in 2009, Unilever's headquarters in Germany is a striking feature in Hamburg's newly redeveloped harbour district. With offices and public areas, washroom visitor numbers can be as high as 5,000 on a weekday.

Thanks to Tork EasyCube mastering the challenge of delivering efficient, top quality cleaning, it has become much easier for the team from facilities management company Sodexo, which has now managed to reduce the number of cleaning rounds from 90 per day, to 68 per day.

Principle awarded The Office Group contract

* Principle_Henry-Wood-House.jpgPrinciple Cleaning Services has been awarded a new two-year cleaning services contract with The Office Group (TOG), a leading provider of flexible office space, meeting and co-working spaces.

A hire company where hygiene is priority

* Astley-Hire.jpgAstley Hire is now in its 52nd year of supplying industrial and commercial equipment to North West manufacturers, factories and traders. This year, the company has received its highest percentage for customer satisfaction according to the latest survey by Insight.

Kimberly-Clark announces strategic investment in its Mobile, Alabama Mill

Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved a capacity expansion project at its Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility that will support K-C Professional's continued bath tissue category growth in North America.

"The Mobile team is excited about the role we will play in supporting the projected growth of the bath tissue category in North America as a result of this capacity expansion project," says Todd Visscher, mill manager for Kimberly-Clark 's Mobile operations. "This investment, the commitment of our employees, and the community support will together bolster Mobile Mill's competitive position within Kimberly-Clark."

Students launch self-cleaning fish tanks - using coconuts

* coconut-cleaning-fish-tank.jpgTwo French entrepreneurs are revolutionising fish tanks with a product that uses half a recycled coconut and means an aquarium rarely has to be cleaned, having starting their business CocoPlant while studying at Université Paris-Saclay.

Maël Levet studied how to miniaturise an old technique called aquaponics to create a small ecosystem within an aquarium, where fish waste feeds plants and plants keep the water clean. He set up CocoPlant to produce and sell these natural filtration systems using plants inside coconuts that sit on a tank, cleaning the water that flows through the roots. Designed to be a zen garden on top of the aquarium, the product is inspired by the Japanese gardening technique called Kokedama.

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Recent UK News

Greyland: moving toward sustainability

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Greyland Chemicals' Richard Dyson told us that as part of its continuous strategy to be the 'best in class' in its market sector, it has been working with its bottle supply partner Alpla UK to develop and implement sustainable bottle packaging.

As a result, Alpla is shortly to introduce recycled polymer packaging to the industrial chemicals cleaning sector.

Businesses to have helping hand in 'all things compliance' with new learning academy

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With it becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to keep up with the volume of ever-changing regulation that they must adhere to, one compliance training expert is providing a much-needed helping hand with the launch of a learning academy.

Keeping the Great British Spring Clean sustainable

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RPC bpi recycled products has partnered with the Great British Spring Clean as its sole supplier of 100% recycled plastic refuse sacks for this year's campaign. The environmental charity is hoping to inspire and mobilise over 500,000 volunteers across the UK to go out and help clean up their local areas.

Social enterprise recognised at inaugural CSSA Innovation Showcase

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Clarity - The Soap Co. was given a Recognition Award for its social enterprise innovation at the inaugural Cleaning & Support Services Association Innovation Showcase 2018 - sponsored by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association. Held at The Brewery, London, last month, the event celebrated the cleaning industry's six most innovative products, services and initiatives.

Risks around grey fleet and how to avoid them

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It can be a tricky topic where businesses are concerned... However, the grey fleet - which refers to any vehicle used for making a work-related journey, which is not owned or leased by the organisation itself - can be managed effectively when the right steps are taken. With 12 billion miles driven each year in grey fleet vehicles, it comes as no surprise that employers are paying out over five billion pounds a year in mileage claims and car allowances.

Summer dining may mean more kitchen extract fires, warns Swiftclean

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Two kitchen extract fires in one Saturday in London demonstrate the risks of not regularly cleaning kitchen extract systems in accordance with TR/19, especially in warmer weather, says specialist building services provider, Swiftclean Building Services.

Bunzl scoops CSSA Innovation Award at London event

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Over 140 cleaning industry professionals gathered at the Brewery in London for the final of the CSSA and CHSA Innovation Showcase and saw Bunzl take the top prize for its 'Wandanext' product.

Princes Quay confirmed as Aston's largest single site contract award

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Aston Services Group has been awarded the contract to provide cleaning and security (manned guarding) services to Princes Quay shopping centre in Hull.

London council fights back against fly-tippers

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Havering Council tells us that it has saved around £50,000 in fly-tip clean-up costs since December, as a result of having stamped out large-scale fly-tipping in the London borough's most notorious hotspots for organised rubbish dumpers.

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