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International News

Cleaning equipment market showing 'above-inflation' growth for 2018

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A new report on the commercial cleaning equipment market from MTW Research has found that sales are exhibiting above inflation growth in 2018, though cleaning manufacturers and distributors face several challenges and shifting product trends.

Amsterdam: the perfect place to become certified!

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ISSA is aiming to get you certified during next month’s Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute will be hosting two training courses at the Rai exhibition centre:

Matrix expands network

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Having recently acquired Matrix Cleaning Systems' previous Australian distributor, Abco Products has become the steam cleaning machine specialist's new distributor. With locations in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, Abco can provide national coverage.

Eco-responsible cleaning products receive impressive endorsement

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Hydros Solutions International's ECO.3 range of eco-responsible cleaning products has been awarded top spot by The Good Shopping Guide in its assessment of ethical companies and products.

"This is great news for our customers as they now have a third-party review confirming our products are indeed safe, non-toxic and ethically produced," says the company's Brent Dunleavey.

Waxie guides school to a sustainable waste diversion program

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In a joint effort, EcoSafe national manager Jason Sanders, EcoSafe regional program manager Daniel Redick, and Waxie senior account consultant Jeff Kothe, worked alongside school staff to drive sustainability efforts at Beulah Payne TK-6 Elementary School in Inglewood, California. The partnership successfully eliminated waste through student education and streamlined waste management.

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Years ago, as editor of Cleaning & Hygiene Today (CHT), I produced my first 'daily' from an exhibition. I vaguely recall being perched on a lidded bin and it wasn't even in a press office, but a large cupboard within the Birmingham NEC complex. I hand wrote the copy as there wasn't a computer available, which was subsequently faxed to a colleague who then keyed it into a computer, saved it to a floppy disk and handed it to the designer for laying out to page, which would be printed and couriered overnight from Kent up to the show. My colleague was sat with his foot in a bucket of ice as he'd injured his foot.

I'm producing today's copy, not from Interclean Amsterdam as had been planned, but from my home office, thanks to a stress fracture in my foot. Yes - I'm missing my first Interclean Amsterdam since the late 80s (and I don't like it one bit). Luckily, technology's moved on since my days on CHT.

John Austen's walking the show floor on my behalf, checking out what's new and interesting, and is WhatsApping me the pictures and any relevant notes. He's enjoying the networking, the camaraderie, the refreshments (he tells me the alcoholic smoothies on the ISSA stand are very good!) and the nightlife and I'm stuck at home with my foot this time in a bucket of ice...

I sincerely hope to see you at Interclean Amsterdam in 2020, and in the meantime, happy reading - and make mine a Margarita!

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This Week's News

Sun shines on beautiful Amsterdam in time for Interclean's opening

* Sun-shine-opening.jpgThose of us in the know say that the mark of a good exhibition is its ability to get the crowds through the doors when it's warm and sunny outside... Well, as our pictures show, Interclean is - as usual - a winner. We don't as yet have exact visitor numbers for the first couple of days, but the show is definitely very busy.

* By-the-water.jpgNot missing a trick though, the organisers have opened up a new hall which fronts a refreshment area next to one of the canals. And with 13 halls full of stands, refreshments are definitely needed... Absolutely idyllic - even if there is work to do!

On trial...

* On-trial-demo-area.jpgThe RAI exhibition centre's almost floor-to-ceiling windows provide an impressive demonstration area and enable potential buyers to trial equipment in a 'live' situation.

Kärcher wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2018

* KARCHER-INNOVATION-AWARD.jpgInterclean Amsterdam, the world's leading tradeshow for cleaning professionals, opened with the announcement that Kärcher, with its Kira B50 autonomous cleaning machine, had beaten 88 entries to win the winner Amsterdam Innovation Award.

The machine boasts a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry and overcomes some of the obstacles of similar machines.

Tork Paper Circle from Essity wins Visitor's Choice Award

* TORK-ESSITY-WINS.jpgThe visitor's choice prize is awarded to the nominee voted as the most innovative by Interclean Amsterdam visitors. With 39% percent of the votes, Tork Paper Circle from Essity is the winner of the Visitor's Choice Award 2018.

Tork PaperCircle is turning the hand drying business on its head by offering the world's first paper hand towel recycling service, helping businesses go circular, cutting the carbon footprint of paper hand towels by 40% and paving the way for future change in standards on what can be recycled and included as accepted paper grades.

Congratulations to Vectair Systems; celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year!

* Vectair-30th.jpgAs well as showcasing many impressive innovations, the company is welcoming stand visitors with a medley of hot waffles or crepes with a choice of topping, or sushi - depending upon the day and time they visit, and cocktails served up by the 'Shaker Boys' every evening.

Founded in April 1988 by CEO Paul Wonnacott (pictured) from his small bedroom in the UK, the company have progressed over the 30 years to be a world leader in aircare and hygiene, holding many International patents and trademarks.

RAI Amsterdam once again supports AMREF Flying Doctors

* Amref.jpgThe proceeds of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards, which come from the entry fees, are donated to AMREF Flying Doctors, to support their projects in Kilindi, Tanzania. Their Mission is to improve the general health of girls and young woman by introducing the alternative rite of passage for female genital cutting and increasing the access to safe drinking water, good sanitation and hygiene.

This year, the Awards have contributed 12,000 Euros to the organisation's funding.


Cleanovate - future engineering by Hako

* Hako-robo-dem.jpgThe future of cleaning technology lies not in ever-higher area performances alone. Sustainable, eco-friendly solutions and comfort-enhancing features which increase the operator's efficiency, are important key factors too, as are digital services providing more transparency and shorter response times.

Hako's stand showcased a wide range of impressive pioneering solutions which, already today, are contributing to the shaping of tomorrow's world of cleaning technology.

OspreyDeepclean: introducing innovation

* ODC-belt-clean.jpgEstablished in 1995 and in 1999 introducing a major innovation into the market - GumBusters chewing gum removal technology (still in use all around the world today), professional and industrial dry steam cleaning equipment manufacturer OspreyDeepclean has continued to spearhead the industry with innovatively designed, cutting edge technology.

From general cleaning and sanitation to heavy duty cleaning and degreasing, the company offers an unrivalled range of dry steam cleaning equipment capable of tackling the toughest and most difficult cleaning tasks with confidence, by simply harnessing the power of water.

Inspecting the goods at Ecolab

* Inspecting_Ecolab.jpgAn exhibition provides a great way of learning more about a company's products, and when it comes to chemicals, properties such as viscosity and odour will naturally play their part in how they're received by the cleaning teams that are going to have to work with them.

Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to deliver safe food, maintain clean environments, optimise water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Morclean looking for additional international distributors for its BinWash system...

* Morclean-Amsters.jpgMorclean Director Peter Morley and the team from Morclean told us that one of their goals for the show is to meet up with potential new international distributors for the company's award-winning BinWash system.

The trailer-mounted BinWash is a new idea in the bin cleaning industry and has taken huge strides in improving what had historically been available. With worldwide emphasis on green and eco-friendly products, the Binwash offers a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for those who are conscious about their carbon footprint.

Introducing Myriad, Brightwell Dispensers' new soap and paper dispenser range

* Brightwell-Myriad.jpgThe team on the Brightwell Dispensers' stand told us they were excited to be showcasing Myriad - its new versatile soap and paper dispenser range.

"We have created a unique dispenser range to give you a multitude of branding and design options," said marketing manager Nicole Mathes, pictured here with colleague Rachel Halliday and Danish distributor Lise Kennedy. "Each dispenser has a sleek and stylish design and allows you to tailor the branding to your own business requirements."

Parts and accessories for scrubbers and sweepers, available globally

* TVH-MdB.jpgTVH - a leader in the international material handling industry, focuses on the distribution of spare parts and accessories for material handling, aerial platforms, port equipment and in-plant industrial vehicles.

It is also leading in the distribution of used forklift trucks, aerial platforms, telehandlers and other internal handling equipment.

Proandre on lookout for new distributors across the globe

* Proandre-Jose.jpgSpanish manufacturer of hygiene systems for the washroom and accessories for the pest control business, Proandre, was on the lookout at Interclean for new agents/distributors.

The company specialises in auto sanitisers, sanitary bins (manual, automatic or with pedal), air fresheners (with fan, aerosol), nebulizsers, soap and gel dispensers (manual or automatic), hand dryers, ozone generators, insect catcher lamps, tissue dispensers, urinal screens and chemicals.

TomCat's new scrubbers are easy to operate and have a wealth of features

* TomCat-EX.jpgTomCat's new EX 29 - 34" scrubbers are attracting attention and one of their key benefits is that they require little training to be able to operate them successfully. For example, the machine control panel uses off-the-shelf toggle and marine duty switches featuring universal icons which simplifies training, and the squeegee adjustments have been made simple with tool-less maintenance of the squeegee blade.

Bring on the dancing ladies...

* Truvox-David-O.jpgAs if having a fabulous range of both newly-launched and established machines and systems on display isn't enough, Truvox International has a troupe of toe-tapping traditional Dutch folk dancers and the Photo Dolls ("capture the moment") on the stand!

David Overell, (pictured here without any Photo Dolls!) said that the company's new Valet Battery Upright II is unique to the market and that it offers pristine cleaning results without the inconvenience of a cable.

Ecological cleaning products manufactured in the UK

* Bio-P-Lineup.jpgBio-Productions showed innovative and environmentally sustainable products and revolutionary systems for the cleaning industry, such as Biological Urinal Blocks and Biological Washroom Cleaner that remove calcium.

"Bio-Productions is the innovator behind the original non-pDCB urinal block," said the company's Angela Gill.

Award-winning battery vacuum takes cordless cleaning further

* Award-winning-battery_Truvox.jpgThe commercial cleaning sector's first cordless upright vacuum returned to Interclean with a new feature for clients seeking the ultimate in daytime cleaning freedom. Gliding smoothly between carpets and hard floors and no need to plug and unplug, the Valet Battery Upright made the daily vacuuming routine easier than ever.

The next generation battery upright, the VBUII, will be available later this year and boasts a removable battery, allowing the operator to quickly double its running time of more than 50 minutes.

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Recent UK News

Hand drying method can affect risk of microbial contamination in hospital settings

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The UK's Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching hospitals, is to present highlights at Interclean 2018 in Amsterdam next week, from his latest research study into washroom contamination. The research has shown that hand drying methods can affect therisk of microbial contamination in hospital settings.

Cleanology builds on new property services division

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Commercial cleaning expert Cleanology has launched a one-stop-shop property maintenance service to help building managers deal with emergencies and keep properties in top condition. The new service offers 24-hour call out for a range of problems including plumbing, drainage, air conditioning, building works and electrical issues. Cleanology can also provide locksmiths and make buildings safe in the event of broken glass.

Wet wipes: Water UK calls for us all to take responsibility

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Water UK, the representative body for water and sewerage providers in the UK, has issued a statement in response to recent adverse press regarding the content, use and disposal of wet wipes. Speaking on Tuesday, the organisation's director of corporate affairs, Rae Stewart, said:

"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.

Pants down for equality: Bathstore launches Looathon to promote bathroom equality

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Specialist bathroom retailer, Bathstore, is taking a stand on promoting bathroom equality by launching 'Pants down for equality' - an all-day Looathon designed to highlight the conditions many disabled people face when using public toilets.

Company fined for exposing employees to dust

A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.

Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.

Hotels saving big with biological wastewater treatment

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It may not be top of mind for hotel guests, but wastewater in hotels is serious business. With wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms and public areas to consider, hotels need a solution that is affordable, easy to maintain and, most of all, effective. For many, environmental impact is also a significant consideration.

Guernsey to pilot 'pay as you throw' waste collection service next year

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In just under 18 months' time, Guernsey Council will become the first in the British Isles to start collecting waste on a 'pay as you throw' basis.

Collection arrangements for all island households will change from September this year, when new collections are introduced for food waste and glass recycling.

Not Just Cleaning learning how to work safely and effectively

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NJC continually strives to ensure that employees are not harmed by the work that they do and to achieve this, the company applies industry best practice wherever it exists. However, the risks presented by some activities are not always fully understood and Reach & Wash cleaning is one such activity.

Although Reach & Wash avoids working at height, and therefore the risk of falling, it does involve manual handling of long and unwieldy poles. While NJC applies safe practice, the true extent of the risks is not fully understood at present.

Salisbury group gets global award for outstanding innovation

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Salisbury Group, the national facilities management and maintenance company, has been named winner of the Outstanding Innovation category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards.

Hunt for CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Scholars begins

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2018 Undergraduate Scholars; at least two will be awarded this year.

The CHSA has further committed to awarding at least two new bursaries every year for the next five years. The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2018 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply.

When the London Science Museum's steam exhibits needed a clean...

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When managers at the London Science Museum in Kensington decided that the museums many steam exhibits needed a good regular clean, they came to the conclusion that the most appropriate method for this was steam cleaning.

After much deliberation, they decided on the Steam Clean Systems SC3000 Industrial Steam Cleaner as the best steam cleaner for their needs.

Anniversary milestone for cleaning company's star supervisor

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A star supervisor from Bio-Productions has reached a milestone achievement with the cleaning company this month.

'Pollen bomb' explosion affecting human and HVAC health

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With the misery of hayfever in full swing, John Grenville from ECEX asks: "Are your building's filtration systems equipped to deal with the season's 'pollen bomb' - a natural phenomenon that causes hay fever and has the potential to reduce the efficiency of plant such as air handling units, chillers and air conditioning equipment?

"Changes in the weather are behind this 'pollen bomb' caused by the simultaneous release from millions of birch, plane and oak trees," he explains.

UK businesses make world-leading pact to tackle plastic pollution

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Unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be a thing of the past as businesses sign up to a world-first pact, which aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK and keep plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.

The UK Plastics Pact, launched today by sustainability expert WRAP, is a unique collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste.

Changing roles and responsibilities within British Cleaning Council announced

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has officially welcomed several new Council member representatives.

Legal to work here?

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How often do employers of all sizes check if applicants have the right to work here, and how failsafe are their methods? With fines of £20,000 per illegal worker or imprisonment for the employer looming and over 8,400 producers of fake documents in Europe, it is easy for a busy recruiter to miss one fake, using traditional methods.

Salisbury Group sets Gold Standard

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded facilities services provider Salisbury Group, a prestigious Gold Award for excellence in health & safety practices. The Award recognises Salisbury Group's high level of performance, well-developed occupational health & safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

Are you ISO 45001 ready?' Embrace change now to help spearhead workplace safety

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With workplace safety presenting one the biggest challenges for modern industry, global certification firm Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to take up the mantel and ensure they are 'ISO 45001 compliant' ahead of time in order to help improve standards for all.

Weltec Biopower expands plant lineup in Northern Ireland

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German biogas specialist weltec biopower is currently building three anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland. All three 500KW plants will shortly be completed and will go live in Summer 2018. Two of them are being set up in County Antrim in north-east Northern Ireland. Another plant is being built in Benburb in County Tyrone. Thus, Weltec will soon account for nine of a total of about 40 biogas plants in Northern Ireland.

Greyland by name - but very colourful by nature!

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A colourful new fleet of long haul trailers has been delivered to Greyland, reflecting on the company's standing as one of Britain's leading independent cleaning chemical manufacturers.

Events & Exhibitions

AHCP National Forum
7-9th September 2022

Cleaning Show
4-7th October 2022

Cleantex Africa
12-14th October 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa

CleanNZ Expo
25-26th October 2022

Interclean China 2022
23-25th November 2022

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