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International News

Nanotera launches powerful plant-based surfactants for oil industry

Nanotera Group has introduced powerful, plant-based cleaning agents which it says perform at record times, to replace chemical and hazardous products currently used in the oil & gas industry.

To Hydrofinity and beyond...

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Xeros Cleaning Technologies, the developer of water-saving commercial laundry solutions for hotels and commercial laundries, is changing its name to Hydrofinity from July 10th.

Ukraine gears up for 16th International Cleaning Forum

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Ukraine is getting ready to welcome delegates to its 16th International Cleaning Forum which is being held from 2nd - 5th October, 2018 at the International Exhibition Center, Kyiv.

'Cleaning for a Reason' wins Silver in 'Power of A'

ASAE, the centre for association leadership in the US, has awarded its 2018 'Power of A' Award (Silver Level) to ISSA for its 'Cleaning for a Reason program' - a nonprofit organisation that partners with residential cleaners throughout the US and Canada to offer free in-home cleaning to help women who are battling cancer. It which works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies, and was adopted by ISSA last year.

One week left to nominate terrific toilets for America's Best Restroom contest

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Only one week remains to nominate your favourite washroom in America! Through July 9th, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for the 17th annual America's Best Restroom Contest.

Ideal Response appoints new senior technical manager

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Ideal Response has welcomed Gavin Smith as its new senior technical manager. Bringing more than 20 years' industry experience - including various roles at senior level - to the company, Gavin will be based at the company's Maidstone, Kent headquarters.

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

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Carbapenem-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.

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

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FXI, 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.

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

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CBRE 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.

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

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

Veritiv brings Reliable Brand products to Canada

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Veritiv 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.

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

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Georgia-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.

Family-owned company invests in electrostatic cleaning technology

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Operating 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.

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.

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Last Saturday week the Foo Fighters played London's Queen Elizabeth Park - home of the 2012 Olympic Games. Because my daughter has injured her knee, instead of standing at the front as we normally do at such events, we headed for the front row of unreserved seating near the stage. What an eye opener it was!

When you've secured a much-coveted standing place at the barrier, you don't move for anything... no buying drinks and no loo visits. You cling on tightly to avoid being elbowed out. Security guards dispense drinking water. Sat in a seat this weekend I was gobsmacked at how much beer people consumed. How some were able to focus on the gig itself was beyond me - and the time they must have spent queuing for the loo, means they will have seen little of the band. Some over-indulged...

A woman stopped nearby and vomited. Paramedics arrived quickly but it was 20 minutes before anyone came to clean up and there were no signs used at any stage to warn people to steer clear. Eventually a cleaner dispensed what appeared to be emergency spillage powder to solidify everything; this was from chest height so the rising cloud of powder will have been breathed in by the cleaner as well as us. Once he'd left, it was only a matter of time before someone stepped in the goo and a man skidded badly. Had he not managed to stay upright, he could have hit his head and been seriously injured or even killed. Some 15 minutes later, the cleaner returned and swept up some of the residue. We observed throughout the afternoon people standing their drinks and sitting themselves down in what was left. One woman examined the lumps on her hand, wondering what they were. The noise prevented us from shouting to anyone to steer clear or wash their hands.

A major, specialist contract cleaner looks after the stadium and I'd suggest that safety signs and body spillage cleaning training should be provided without delay.

Other than that, I was disgusted at the mess the public left behind - much of it plastic beer cups that had been urinated in and thrown into the crowd. I've been showered before but had no idea, from my place at the front, how much gets thrown. Why do it? The many cleaners worked hard to deal with it all. My report and pictures are at:


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This Week's News

Expansion is coming to Selden...

* Selden-aerial-view.jpgSelden Research tells us it is in the process of expanding its existing Buxton site and that the work - due for completion during September this year - involves the construction of a four-storey, 15,000sq.ft new administration centre, laboratory and customer training facility.

The company's 3,500 pallet bay warehouse has recently been completed and is now fully operational; bringing the total covered pallet storage capacity to 9,500.

Cole & Wilson introduces Caretex professional laundry powders

* Caretex.jpgCole & Wilson has introduced a range of Caretex Professional Powders; premium products that can be used across all types of laundry for outlets preferring a powdered detergent.

The seven new powders - Detergent Plus, Detergent, Colour Detergent, Oxy Bleach, Starch, Antichlor and Chlorine Bleach, are available in 25Kg bags, which are made from recycled paper.

RAS awards first six-star washrooms to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

* RAS-awards-first-six-star.jpgThe Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is first to be awarded the six-star rating for adopting smart washroom solutions, reports the Restroom Association Singapore.

The luxury mall is the first and only establishment in Singapore to be accredited six stars for six (male and female) of its newly revamped washrooms after undergoing an audit conducted by the RAS.

Jangro supports the 'What's In The Box' campaign

* Jangro-Jo.jpgAs one of the first distributors to be accredited by the UK Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's (CHSA) Accredited Distributors Scheme, Jangro is committed to raising standards in the industry, and welcomes the expansion of the CHSA Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks.

The scheme now includes bin liners so that buyers can be certain that plastic sacks stamped with the Accreditation Scheme mark are fit for purpose and the dimensions and count are as indicated on the label.

Mitie wins Ahlsell contract in Norway

* Mitie-Ahlsell.jpgMitie has secured a facilities management and property services contract with Ahlsell - a leading supplier of materials to the Nordic FM, plumbing, ventilation, electrical, tools and personal protective equipment market - to manage and maintain all its store locations in Norway.

The contract is the most valuable to be secured by Mitie's dedicated Norway team to date.

Dennis Goodwin joins Hako Machines

* Dennis_Hako.jpgHako Machines in the UK has welcomed Dennis Goodwin as regional sales manager for the South of England.

Dennis brings with him over 25 years' experience in the specification and sales of floor cleaning machines and this, allied to his experience of managing field sales teams, will really help the business to enhance its position as a brand leader in the UK machine marketplace.

Grate Seal solves school shower smells

* Grate-Seal.jpgGrate Seal products are proving a hit with schools, leisure centres and multi-level buildings after being introduced to the UK market in December 2017 by Sanitaryware Supplies Company.

Developed in Australia, Grate Seal products have been used successfully to solve drainage issues in the showers at a 900+-pupil grammar school in Greater Manchester.

ISS wins two large hospital contracts in Turkey

* ISS-Turkey.jpgISS Turkey has entered into two five-year integrated services partnerships in the healthcare sector with Kayseri Hospital and Elazi Hospital respectively.

The two contracts will have a combined annual revenue of around DKK 250 million.

UBM EMEA announces record-breaking year for Facilities Show 2018

* UBM-Facilities-Show.jpgGrowing by significant margins, the Facilities Show 2018 attracted 7% more visitors than the 2017 event. Now in its 19th year, the Facilities Show continues to reaffirm its status as a leading global event for facilities managers as it successfully champions the industry.

Cleaning company goes for green

* Bio-P-Green.jpgCleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions has once again been recognised by The Green Organisation for its commitment to the environment.

Last week, the organisation awarded the Burgess Hill company a Certificate of Achievement for planting seven trees in June. This contributes to the impressive 114 trees the company has planted as part of the Green Earth Appeal and United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.

Plan for change: the message at the CHSA's House of Commons event

* CHSA-Plan-for-Change.jpg'Plan for change' was the message from Jon Purdy (left of picture), EMEA director of customer experience at Kimberly-Clark, and Lord Jon Mendelsohn, formerly Labour's business and international trade spokesperson in the House of Lords, at the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's prestigious House of Commons event.

Stephen Kerr MP, who prior to entering Parliament in 2017 was EMEA sales operations leader at Kimberly-Clark, is the CHSA's unpaid Parliamentary Adviser. He hosted the event.

Waste specialists join forces to become one of the UK's largest waste brokers

* Waste-specialists.jpgSpecial Waste Recycling (SWR) and New Star Environmental (Newstar) have this week announced the merger of both companies to become SWRNewstar.

The merger - which comes at a time when businesses are increasingly looking to exploit more value from their waste, where recycling management, environmental challenge and initiatives within Energy from Waste, are becoming important to not only the businesses themselves but also to the end consumer - will make SWRNewstar one of the largest waste brokers in the UK, with an annual turnover of £41 million.

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

* HSE-work-fatalities.jpgYesterday, the Health & Safety Executive released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2016.

The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 144 workers were fatally injured between April 2017 and March 2018 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers).

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Recent UK News

Washroom suppliers' merger may raise competition concerns

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The 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.

Chris Klopper

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We 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.

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.

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