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International News

Bio Productions managing director to join Green Organisation awards judging panel

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Angela Gill, managing director of Bio Productions, has been invited to join the judging panel for the international Green Organisation 'Green Apple Environment 2018' awards.

DVGW approval and certification for Brightwell Dispensers EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems

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Brightwell Dispensers has received the DVGW (German Technical & Scientific Association for Gas & Water) approval certificate for its EcoMix and EcoMulti standard chemical dilution systems.

New biobased nonwoven cloths support CSR cleaning policies

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Wecoline has launched an environmentally-friendly range of biobased nonwoven cloths. Available in four colours, the cloths are made from a combination of PLA and viscose, which makes them ideal for fitting in with a Corporate Social Responsibility cleaning policy.

Skanwear champions employee safety and company culture with launch of branded PPE

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Protective clothing expert, Skanwear, has launched its new range of PPE with bespoke company branding for workplaces across the UK and Europe.

CDC-funded clinical trial proves UV disinfection effective in decreasing C. diff hospital-wide

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A new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.

Global carpet cleaning products market - introduction of differentiated products to boost growth through 2022

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Global technology research and advisory company Technavio has published a new market research report on the global carpet cleaning products market from 2018-2022. 

Hospital sees 47% reduction in HAIs after adding pulsed xenon UV disinfection to cleaning protocols

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A germ-fighting robot that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to sanitise rooms at Trinity Hospital is giving a boost to the hospital's infection control program.

Welsh global biosciences company extends probiotic cleaning range to empower consumers

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Cardiff-based, Genesis Biosciences, a global biosciences company specialising in safe and natural microbial products, widely used in the professional cleaning industries, has launched its products on Amazon, in a move that will make the innovative cleaning range available to the consumer market.

New Kaivac 2750 comes with patent-pending black box

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Kaivac's all-new 2750 No-Touch Cleaning system not only has greater capacity, so users can clean more areas without refilling the machine, but it also offers a wide range of additional features and benefits. Chief among them, the 2750 incorporates Kaivac's patent-pending removable Black Box engine compartment.

The Black box contains the essential components powering the 2750. Users can return the Black Box for rapid repair or exchange. This helps minimise downtime and cost.

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

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The '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.

TVH launches new TotalSource Master catalogue

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During 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.

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

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In a recent study of germs in airplanes and airports, the dirtiest places to touch weren't what travellers expected.

Georgia-Pacific opens facility to drive supply chain innovation

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

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

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While 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

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Edison 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.

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

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ISS 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.

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I'll confess here that I was around and in front of the TV - albeit as a young child, when England lifted the World Cup in 1966, so as you might imagine, having followed our team's rather disappointing fortunes since then, I've rarely been able to hold out much hope for a repeat performance. But hey, you never know...

Something else I'm hoping we can emulate is the incredible actions of some of the fans. I'm always thoroughly ashamed of the thuggish behaviour exhibited by some fans (not just British!) and many of those who attend these huge events who feel that it's OK to leave their litter (and sometimes worse) for the cleaners to deal with.

I say ashamed because we're all human beings, and while we all 'should know better', some of us don't. The 'incredible actions'? Well, first it was the Japanese fans, in news brought to my attention by Christopher McKaig @Coachmckaig who tweeted:

"This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game."

There's a video of them in action at: here

I can recall thinking that with the Japanese culture, these thoughtful efforts should not come as a surprise, but I later read that they weren't alone: fans from Columbia, Senegal and Portugal also cleaned up their mess as well as some left behind them by other supporters. Now if this action could spread like a Mexican Wave I'd be very happy indeed - as no doubt, would the cleaners!

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This Week's News

ECDC reviews risk posed by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings

* ECDC_bacteria.jpgCarbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.

Outbreaks in healthcare settings have been reported by several EU/EEA countries including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Washroom suppliers' merger may raise competition concerns

* Washroom-suppliers-merger.jpgThe Competition and Markets Authority has found Rentokil's purchase of Cannon Hygiene may lead to higher prices and lower quality for businesses buying products and services for washrooms.

Rentokil, which trades as Initial for these services, and Cannon are two of the three largest specialist providers of products and services found in washrooms across the UK.

Research shows polyurethane kitchen sponge helps keep E. coli at bay

* Gerba.jpgFXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.

According to the study, levels of fecal bacterium E. coli were always 99.9% less in polyurethane sponges than in cellulose sponges after use in households for one month.

CBRE Group to acquire majority interest in FM provider Ramot Group in Israel

* CBRE-Group.jpgCBRE Group announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the Ramot Group, a leading facilities management provider in Israel.

Founded by Shlomo Margolin in 1993, Ramot, based in Tel Aviv, employs more than 750 staff and manages an extensive portfolio of facilities. Ramot's substantial capabilities include technical maintenance, project management, cleaning services, reception administration and environmental health and safety.

Tissue industry professionals from four continents to convene at Tissue World Istanbul

* Tissue-industry-Istanbul.jpgTissue World Istanbul, the international gathering of the tissue industry, will take place at the Istanbul Congress Centre from 4th to 6th September 2018.

Supported by leading industry players and proving its industrial success with a record level of attendance in 2016 (more than 1600 industrial professionals from 65 countries), this year's Tissue World Istanbul will welcome for the first time the non-woven hygiene machinery suppliers, alongside the regular contingent of retail industry representatives, logistics companies, tissue suppliers, consulting firms, non-woven producers, related civil society organisations and public authorities.

Singapore's established 'scores on the doors' will be no more

* new-food-hygiene-recognition-scheme.jpgSingapore's National Environment Agency is introducing a new Food Hygiene Recognition Scheme for licensed food retail establishments. It will phase out the existing food hygiene grading system upon implementation of the new Food Hygiene Recognition Scheme in late 2020.

The new Scheme will recognise and affirm consistent efforts in upholding high hygiene standards. Under the new Scheme, food retail establishments with two or more years of strong track record in food hygiene will attain a Bronze, Silver or Gold award based on the following criteria:

Chris Klopper

* Chris-Klopper.jpgWe are sad to announce that the cleaning industry has lost one of its most well-known public relations professionals.

Chris Klopper, founder & CEO of Mulberry Marketing Communications, a PR and marketing communications consultancy Chris started in 1995 which now has seven offices on four continents, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

Veritiv brings Reliable Brand products to Canada

* Veritiv.jpgVeritiv Corporation, a North American business-to-business distribution solutions provider, is making its Reliable Brand of comprehensive facility solutions products, such as towel and tissue, bin liners, chemicals, floor pads, and hand hygiene products - available in Canada for the first time.

"For more than 20 years, Reliable Brand products, ranging from paper towels to tissues to cleaning solutions, have earned a reputation across the US as a cost-effective product line based on quality and value," says Barry Nelson, Veritiv's senior vice president for Facility Solutions. "As part of our brand strategy to expand Reliable Brand, we are excited to now offer these products in Canada."

Georgia-Pacific announces agreement to sell European nonwovens business to Glatfelter

* Georgia-Pacific.jpgGeorgia-Pacific announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to sell Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH, the company's European nonwovens business, to Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of speciality papers and engineered products headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

The proposed transaction, priced at $185 million, also includes Georgia-Pacific's sales offices in France and Italy, but not Georgia-Pacific's US-based nonwovens business, including operations at Mt. Holly, North Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the nonwovens R&D center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Facilities Show 2018 - final day today

* Woodward.jpgToday, the final day of the Facilities Show 2018, boasts a world-renowned (if you follow rugby) keynote speaker: at 11.30 - English rugby legend and management pioneer, Sir Clive Woodward OBE, will be discussing the key attributes needed to create a winning team.

With over 300 exhibitors from more than 40 countries, visitors can find the right solution for their specific needs. The event covers all FM sectors from cleaning, maintenance and gritting, to mechanical and electrical, energy and waste management, catering and more.

Family-owned company invests in electrostatic cleaning technology

* Clorox-electrostatic.jpgOperating for more than 55 years, family-owned City Wide of Southwest Connecticut has recently invested in the Clorox Total 360 System with a view to remaining proactive and better able to deal with cross-contamination and outbreaks of viruses such as influenza.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the 2017-2018 Influenza Season Update for Week 17 of the season, the state of Connecticut has seen a reported total of 11,351 influenza positive laboratory tests, with nearly a third of those cases reported from Fairfield County.

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Recent UK News

ISSA appoints Frances Ball new business development manager for UK & Ireland

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ISSA has announced the appointment of Frances Ball, as the new business development manager UK and Ireland. Frances, whose appointment reflects ISSA initiatives to continue to build its presence in Europe, will be responsible for further expanding the ISSA's reach in the UK and Ireland and help companies in the cleaning industry to thrive.

Greyland Chemicals leading the way in UK with recycled polymer packaging

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As part of its continuous strategy to be 'best in class' in its market sector, Greyland Chemicals has introduced sustainable bottle packaging in a UK industry 'first.'

Beacon of hope for recycling as major funding agreement signed on plastics plant

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Funding of over £3m has been announced for four projects comprising a groundbreaking new plastics recycling partnership, Project Beacon, which has the potential to recycle all plastics in Scotland and beyond - even those that currently can't be recycled.

Phil Smith takes up new role as group sales director at Templewood /LCC

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Hearty congratulations to Phil Smith, who has taken up a new role as group sales director at Templewood Services/LCC Support Services. An experienced sales & marketing director with over 25 years' experience, Phil boasts some impressive cleaning industry credentials...

Scrubber dryers streamline carpet cleaning in historic Stowe

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Historic Stowe - an independent school housed in a former ducal palace and set within 750 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in Buckinghamshire, has had its floor cleaning processes streamlined thanks to its use of Truvox Multiwash machines.

Free sustainability guide outlines opportunities for the green transformation of businesses

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A free best practice sustainability guide, highlighting both the challenges to and opportunities for the green transformation of businesses, has been launched by Julius Rutherfoord & Co. Entitled 'A Secure Approach to Workplace Sustainability', the guide highlights practical, green measures and includes a checklist for how businesses can reduce their environmental impact.

CHSA members and guests raised £8,400 for RNIB

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Members and sponsors of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, together with their guests, raised £8,400 at the Association's Annual Gala Ball for the Chairman's Charity, The Royal National Institute for Blind People.

TCFM contributing to the sterling customer service at Eden Walk, Kingston

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TC Facilities Management joined centre manager, Ailsa Fraser, and other members of the Eden Walk team at an awards lunch to mark its achievement of attaining the British Land Customer Service Silver standard. The awards were held in London last month where more than 300 people were in attendance.

New head of engineering at ICE

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ICE has appointed Lee Owen as its new head of engineering. Lee joined ICE in 2013 as a field service engineer and progressed very quickly to the role of technical support manager the following year. He was then promoted to field service manager in 2016 and was responsible for managing over 30 field engineers in the southern region.

Award confirms recycling best practices

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RPC bpi recycled products has been named 'Plastics Recycling Business of the Year' in the Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management, organised by Letsrecycle.com, the UK's leading independent website for the sector.

Greyland customer wins 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018' award

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Greyland Distributor FX Supplies Ltd has been awarded the accolade of 'No.1 SME Commercial Cleaning Company 2018.'

Arrow Solutions heads to H&C Expo with expanded commercial hygiene range

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One of the UK's leading manufacturers of cleaning products will be showcasing its newly rebranded commercial hygiene range at H&C Expo - the new hospitality and catering show - in July.

Arrow Solutions, which celebrates 50 years in business in 2018, will be teaming up with Yate Supplies to display high-performance products covering housekeeping, washroom, kitchen, dishwasher, floorcare and draincare.

Events & Exhibitions

Interclean Amsterdam
14-17th May 2024

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
South Africa


ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
Rho Fiera Milano


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