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International News

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

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The 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

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A 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.

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

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Of 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.

Nettuno announces loss of Giancarlo Fratus, CEO

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In 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.

Better decisions from better air

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In 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."

New ETW SmartCycle biomethane plant in operation in France

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

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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One of the subjects that keeps cropping up as I'm out an about chatting to people is the recent publication of the UK Government-commissioned Hampton-Alexander review on gender balance in the boardroom. The imposition of gender quotas was something I had a rant about in this column several years ago when it first reared what I considered to be its 'ugly head'. I argued that women should be appointed to any role - boardroom-related or not - purely on merit, rather than because the company concerned needed to fulfil its quota of women leaders.

My view was - and still is - that insisting upon organisations having a certain percentage of women in management and boardroom positions would undermine the women involved, who might be accused of winning that position because they were female, rather than because they were the best person for the job.

Now we find, according to the report, that women who deserved promotion to the management position are being denied that promotion because the organisations for which they work, have already filled their quota of women!

It's another case of 'great idea in principle, but how will it actually work?' - new legislation designed by people trying to do the right thing, that just hasn't been thought through properly. I haven't seen similar reviews from the other EU member states (also instructed to meet these gender goals) but I'm hoping that companies in other countries are finding their way around this legislation better than we are in the UK. If you'd like to read the report for yourself, it's at: Hampton_Alexander_Review_report

Finally, John & I were invited by Dianna Steinbach, vice president of international services at ISSA (and clearly there on merit!), to join other ISSA members from around the world who were visiting Interclean Amsterdam, on the Heineken brewery tour. As is usual with these ISSA events, 'a good time was had by all', as the images here will show: www.flickr.com/photos

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This Week's News

Global contract cleaning market to be dominated by ABM, Anago Cleaning, ISS and ServiceMaster

* global-contract-cleaning.jpgThe 'Global Contract Cleaning Services Market 2018-2022' report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, and it makes interesting reading, predicting that the global contract cleaning services market will register a revenue of more than USD 386 billion by 2022 and that the market will be dominated by ABM, Anago Cleaning (pictured), ISS and SeviceMaster.

Based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, the report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. It also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

ISSA EMEA Networking Event takes place next week in Sweden

* ISSA-networking-Sweden.jpgAre you looking for opportunities to establish new international contacts and to connect with peers, industry experts, as well as ISSA members and representatives? If so, you're not too late to book a place at the ISSA EMEA Networking Event taking place next Tuesday, June 5th in Malmo, Sweden

The schedule is as follows:

11.00 Arrival (Coffee Welcome)

11.30 Welcome Guests ISSA (ISSA / Bona)

11.45 ISSA Strategy Update by Michel de Bruin, ISSA EU council chairman and Dianna Steinbach, ISSA international vice president

Enhance Office Cleaning wins Living Wage Champion Award

* Living-Wage.jpgEnhance Office Cleaning has today been announced as a winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 award for Recognised Service Providers.

The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation.

Viewpoint: Accessible toilets are for all those that need them; not just those with obvious disabilities

* Viewpoint-Accessible.jpgPublic Toilets UK's Gill Kemp shares her thoughts on accessible toilets, following a spate of attacks by members of the public, on users who don't outwardly appear to be eligible to use these facilities, which are designed for people with disabilities...

"Unfortunately, the use of the accessible toilet by those of us with 'invisible' conditions is still continuing to cause abuse. There also continues to be a lack of awareness of why the accessible toilet is so important in these circumstances. Some people think that unless the usual public facilities are full or it's an emergency, there is no need to make use of the accessible toilet.

TVH launches new TotalSource Master catalogue

* TVH-TotalSource-Catalogue.jpgDuring the recent CeMAT trade fair in Hannover, TVH digitally presented its new Master catalogue for the first time. With this catalogue, the company wants to give its customers an overview of the extensive range of parts and accessories for materials handling and industrial equipment.

TVH is an all-round supplier of high-quality parts and accessories for material handlings and industrial vehicles. In addition to the own brands such as TotalSource, TVH also has partnerships with top quality brands.

New self-cleaning film for touchscreens enhances cleanliness at airports, doctor's offices, restaurants and schools

* New-self-cleaning-film.jpgIn a recent study of germs in airplanes and airports, the dirtiest places to touch weren't what travellers expected.

The dirtiest touch point was the touchscreen on the check-in kiosk, which had 10 times as many contaminants as the toilet seat.

Georgia-Pacific opens facility to drive supply chain innovation

* Georgia-Pacific.jpgGeorgia-Pacific is to bring together leading supply chain companies to develop solutions within its new Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation.

Opening this June in an initial 15,000sq.ft space at Atlanta's TechSquare Labs, the facility will bring together experts from around the world to develop solutions that help build the world's most efficient supply chain. It will, effectively, serve as a collaborative space for businesses and will focus on collaboration, accelerate problem-solving.

Company prosecuted after worker killed

RRS London Waste Papers has been sentenced after health & safety breaches resulted in the death of one of its employees, who was found inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine. The worker had suffered fatal crush injuries.

Latin American women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia launch worldwide campaign on Indiegogo

* Wayakit.jpgWhile studying their PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia (KAUST), Luisa Javier and Sandra Medina, engineers from Mexico and Colombia, co-founded a biotechnology company Wayak and are launching their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, for their instant laundry spray.

Treatment that transforms sintered stone facades into self-cleaning air purifiers wins award

* Edison-award.jpgEdison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honouring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, has crowned Neolith Skyline + Pureti the Gold Collective Disruption Winner.

The eco-friendly, photocatalytic Pureti surface treatment transforms Neolith sintered stone facades into self-cleaning air purifiers - reversing pollution, dramatically improving air quality and enabling the slabs to stay cleaner for even longer.

Contractor fined after admitting awareness of underpayments to subcontractor's workforce

* Contractor-underpayments.jpgISS Facility Services Australia has been fined $132,217 for underpaying overseas workers, following a surprise late-evening visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground by Fair Work inspectors, who questioned the 44 workers cleaning up after a match.

The Fair Work Ombudsman found that 11 of the cleaning team's overseas workers were underpaid $37,471 for work at the MCG after AFL matches in 2014, in individual amounts ranging from $276 to $7272 over five-months.

Dean Saunders could be on your team at CHSA's 2018 Charity Golf Day

* Dean-Saunders_CHSA-golf.jpgFormer professional footballer, Dean Saunders, is joining the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for its Pro-Am Charity Golf Day. Dean played for clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Benfica and gained 75 senior caps for Wales. He was one of his country's most prolific goalscorers, scoring the first of his 22 goals on his debut as a 21-year old.

Dean is now one of the UK's most popular sports personalities, appearing on Sky Sports and TalkSport. With plenty of great stories to tell, he will entertain Golf Day attendees after dinner. But that's not all...

Learn how to design ergonomically

* ergonomic-design.jpgThe Health & Safety Laboratory is running a 5-day course on Ergonomics on 9th - 13th July 2018 and 11th - 15th February 2019, which is aimed at reducing the 35 million days lost to British industry each year as a result of accidents and ill health caused by work activities. A large number of these accidents are due to a lack of thought and planning concerning the use of our everyday systems.

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Recent UK News

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

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The 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.

Keep up the good work on recycling

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Scotland'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

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Buyers 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.

Dustcontrol and Speedy combine for Willmott Dixon in London landmark refurbishment

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Dustcontrol 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.

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.

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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