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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:
"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.
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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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Those 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.
Not 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!
Interclean 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.
The 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.
As 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Established 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.
An 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 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.
"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."
TVH - 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.
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 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.
As 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.
Bio-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.
The 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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