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

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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.

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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!

Kärcher wins Amsterdam Innovation Award 2018

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.

Tork Paper Circle from Essity wins Visitor's Choice Award

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.

Cleanovate - future engineering by Hako

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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.

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This Week's News

Interclean Amsterdam's Full Circle Exhibition reaffirms its position in the industry

* Interclean-Amsterdam-Healthcare.jpgThe 2018 edition of Interclean Amsterdam has been the largest, most international exhibition yet, made up of busy days. The show attracted a record number of visitors, from more countries than ever before.

With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.

Standards increase economic growth and help companies access foreign markets

* Standards_Thomas.jpgA new study conducted in the Nordic countries shows that standards are associated with 28% of GDP growth. Companies benefit from standards the most by getting access to new foreign markets and ensuring the quality of their products.

A vast majority of the respondents, 87%, consider that standardisation plays a key role in their future business plans.

Waste management 'biggest contributor' to UK environmental goods and services sector

* Waste-management-chart.jpgThe Office for National Statistics' newly-released statistical bulletin on the UK environmental goods and services sector - (EGSS): 2010 to 2015 - has revealed that the waste management sector is the largest contributor to EGSS.

It has also revealed that the renewable energy contribution to EGSS continues to grow while the recycling contribution is declining, and that the majority of EGSS exports are from waste management and recycling.

GDPR: Truvox's David Overell shares his views...

* David_Truvox-GDPR.jpgTomorrow sees the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations - the EU law that supersedes the Data Protection Directive and which protects the personal data of everyone within the EU and the European Economic area and addresses the export of personal data outside of these areas. We spoke with David Overell, managing director of Truvox International, on how the new regulations are affecting his organisation.

Cintas free 'Got to Go' app identifies and rates clean public washrooms across US

* Cintas-Got-to-Go-app.jpgOf the more than 41.5 million people expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, 88% of them will travel by car. That's an increase of 4.7 million drivers over last year, which means more traffic on roads and more traffic in roadside washrooms.

To help Memorial Day vacationers in search of clean washrooms this weekend, Cintas is reminding travelers of its free mobile washroom-finder app, 'Got to Go', which allows users to find clean washrooms in their vicinity and enables them to rate the facilities based on cleanliness.

Nettuno announces loss of Giancarlo Fratus, CEO

* Giancarlo-Fratus.jpgIn a statement issued from Castelli Calepio on Wednesday, Francesca Fratus said:

"It is with deep sorrow that Nettuno announces the passing of Giancarlo Fratus, sales director and CEO of the company.

"His human and professional skills have made this company a solid and appreciated reality. For all of us it has been an honour to work with him.

Keep up the good work on recycling

* Recycling.jpgScotland's North Lanarkshire Council is congratulating its residents on their recycling efforts, as the quality of recyclable household waste being collected in continues to be high. The majority of waste taken to processing plants to be recycled has been rated in the highest two quality bands since the council's new service was introduced last October.

Bin liners incorporated into CHSA's Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Sacks

* Bin-liners_CHSA-Accreditation.jpgBuyers of plastic bin liners can now look for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Accreditation Scheme logo to be certain 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. The Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks has been expanded to include these products.

"With members of the Accreditation Scheme consistently delivering near perfect conformance on label compliance and performance, the time was right to include a wider range of products in the Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Panel governing the CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks.

Dustcontrol and Speedy combine for Willmott Dixon in London landmark refurbishment

* Dustcontrol-Admiralty-Arch.jpgDustcontrol UK and Speedy Hire have combined their expertise to deliver dust extraction solutions for Willmott Dixon - one of the UK's leading construction firms.

The partnership centres on a Willmott Dixon project to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building (OAB) in Horseguards Parade, central London, an undertaking that will see the Grade II listed building transformed into a modern working environment.

Better decisions from better air

* Better-decisions-Mike-Watt.jpgIn the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin professed, "I am persuaded that no common air from outside is so unwholesome as the air inside a closed room that has been often breathed and not changed."

He appears to have been more than 250 years ahead of his time when it comes to poor indoor air quality, since this argument has been proven once again in a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and Syracuse Universities.

Industry veteran launches new jansan consulting firm from Canada

* Sawchuck.jpgMike Sawchuk, formerly an executive vice president at Avmor and Enviro-Solutions - both cleaning chemical solutions manufacturers based in Canada, has launched a new consulting firm, Sawchuk Consulting.

"I started Sawchuk Consulting as a way to utilise my extensive and multilevel experience in helping businesses grow and prosper," reveals Mike.

Workers suffer life changing injuries every day from forklift truck accidents

* Fork-truck-injuries.jpgSome 1,300 UK employees are hospitalised each year with serious and life changing injuries after being involved in a forklift truck accident at work and this number is on the rise. In fact, recent accident statistics show that forklifts are the most dangerous form of workplace transport in the country, injuring more people than any other vehicle used within the workplace.

This year alone, several serious forklift truck accidents at work have been recorded and we're not even half way through 2018.

From one industry leader to another: MG Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies exclusive Greyland distributor for Ireland

* MG-Hygiene.jpgLeading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has MG Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies Ltd as its exclusive distributor for Ireland.

Dublin-based MG Hygiene is considered to be one of the leading suppliers of quality hygiene and catering products to the cleaning, catering and hospitality industries in Ireland, carrying global brands such as Robert Scott, 3M, Vileda, Taski, Tork, Prodifa, and Unger.

RPC bpi recycled products in recycling sponsorship challenge for Volvo Ocean Race

* Volvo-ocean-race-Ciszek.jpgEurope's biggest recycler of polythene is sponsoring the Cardiff stopover for the world-famous Volvo Ocean Race and will use the elite yachting event to highlight the creative and business potential of recycling plastic.

As a host city sponsor of the round-the-world yacht race, RPC bpi recycled products will work with Cardiff Council during a free two-week festival of fun in celebration of a race that has never before stopped in the capital city of Wales in its illustrious history of over 40 years. Thousands of people are expected to visit the dedicated site, called the Race Village, between 27th May and 10th June 2018.

New ETW SmartCycle biomethane plant in operation in France

* ETW-SmartCycle-France.jpgLast month, ETW Energietechnik installed its first biogas processing plant in Scherwiller, France, and the facility has been in continuous operation ever since.

This compact model of the biogas treatment system ETW SmartCycle PSA, cann process 230 to 385 standard cubic metres of biogas per hour. Plant manufacturer Rytec is responsible for the entire project development and the installed fermentation line.

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Recent UK News

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

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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.

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

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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.

Ecological cleaning products manufactured in the UK

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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.

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.

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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