* Cleanzine_logo_3a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 19th July 2018 Issue no. 831

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International News

Minimum Wage increases to impact Canadian cleaning industry

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In January this year, the minimum wage in Ontario, one of Canada's most populated provinces, jumped from $11.60 per hour to $14.00 per hour, and that rate will increase to $15.00 per hour starting January 2019.

Virtual Building Service: a game-changer for building owners, FM pro's and developers

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Building owners, FM professionals and property developers all appreciate knowing in advance how buildings perform. Well-designed spaces and smooth people flows translate into better user experiences, higher rents and faster ROIs.

Kaivac introduces any time/anywhere personal trainer

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Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems, has announced the development of an entirely new technology: the KaiTutor - an 'any time/ anywhere' personal tutor that allows cleaning workers to access training information and 'best practice' techniques to improve their cleaning effectiveness.

UK Chancellor attends landmark healthcare agreement between Serco and Jeddah hospital

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Serco and Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), accompanied by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, have this week announced a partnership agreement to transform facilities management and patient-facing services at the hospital in Jeddah over the next five years.

Avidbots partners with Compass to bring robotic automation to Canadian FM market

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Avidbots has announced that Compass Group has purchased the Neo self-driving floor cleaning robot to enhance cleaning productivity and performance for its clients. The initial deployment is through the Eurest Services facilities management company for its education-based clients with deployment to other business units in 2018.

Cole & Wilson introduces Caretex professional laundry powders

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Cole & 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.

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

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

Mitie wins Ahlsell contract in Norway

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Mitie 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.

Grate Seal solves school shower smells

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Grate 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.

ISS wins two large hospital contracts in Turkey

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ISS 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.

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.

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I can remember the long heatwave we experienced in the UK in 1976 but back then I was too young and selfish to worry about water shortages. Now I'm more aware of environmental issues though and with a hosepipe ban looming I'm doing all I can to conserve water.

Something else that's never out of the headlines these days is the damage plastics are doing to our environment, so when I visited a cocktail bar this week for a celebration, it came naturally to me that when I ordered the same cocktail again, I asked for the same glass and the same plastic straw to be used. My family followed suit.

Judging by the bartender's reaction, I was the first customer to have done so - although he happily obliged, checking before he took my glass to refill it, that this was what I really wanted.

As someone who took a part-time job in a bar almost as soon as I was legally able to drink in one, I know it was customary for years to reuse the glasses which were presented by our customers when they came up to reorder, without washing them, taking care not to muddle them up (that's about as far as the need to prevent cross-contamination went in those days!) I don't know where this 'new' idea that one always has to have a fresh glass for each drink came from (although I have an idea!) but when you consider that water is one of the most valuable resources we have on this planet, it seems crazy to me.

I'm aware that these days automatic warewashing machines - be they home dishwashers or pub glasswashers - use less water than we'd use if we washed up by hand, but they do run on electricity, so the less they're used, the better.

When staying in a hotel, it pleases me to see signs indicating that my towels will only be collected for washing if I leave them on the floor - not just because of environmental issues but because I hate the sticky feel of newly laundered hotel towels.

Wouldn't it be lovely if our pubs and bars could do something similar, and prompt us to ask for our glasses to be refilled rather than replaced for each drink, or even start a campaign along those lines so everyone's reusing as a matter of course?

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This Week's News

Deb receives two Navigator Awards from SMA Strategic Market Alliance Group

* Deb-Group-SMA.jpgDeb Group, an S C Johnson company, was recognised by the Strategic Market Alliance during its Alliance Member-Supplier Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Deb Group was presented with the group's Navigator Award for SMA Qualified Suppliers 'Achieving the Largest Percent Growth with SMA Member Distributors'.

SMA's Navigator Recognition program acknowledges top performances in a number of important quantitative performance categories for the preceding year by both SMA Member Distributors and the Group's Qualified Suppliers.

Brightwell Dispensers launches new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser

* Brightwell-Twin-Micro.jpgBrightwell Dispensers now offers a new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser as part of the company's growing Modular range of jumbo toilet roll dispensers. The new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser is a very cost-effective unit to dispense and manage toilet rolls.

The new dispenser has a secure lock and an easy-to-use sliding mechanism, ensuring that the second toilet roll will only be able to be used, once the first roll has been used up. Changing from one toilet roll to the other is very easily done by moving the slider over once the first toilet roll is finished.

Soapbox: Kimberly-Clark on the advantages of drying with paper

* Kimberly-Clark-viruses.jpg"With nearly 95% of adults not washing long enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria and viruses from their hands, Kimberly-Clark Professional invites you to discover 'The Disgusting Truth' about jet air dryers that force you to share bacteria and viruses.

When you take into consideration that nearly 95% of adults do not wash long enough to thoroughly clean the bacteria and viruses from their hands, the way you dry your hands becomes even more important. Jet air dryers have been found to increase the numbers of bacteria on hands, compared to hands dried with paper towels.

Battery manufacturer Hoppecke commits to doing business in the UK

* Battery-manufacturer.jpgDespite concerns about prospects for economic growth and the uncertain commercial landscape post-Brexit, for energy management specialist Hoppecke Industrial Batteries it's business as usual.

Hoppecke has signalled its commitment to doing business in the UK by signing a 15-year lease on its assembly and warehouse facility in Staffordshire.

First 'Symphony Project' licensing agreement signed with Chinese commercial laundry OEM

* First-Symphony-Project.jpgXeros Technology Group, developer and provider of water saving technologies with multiple commercial applications, has this week signed a licensing contract with Jiangsu SeaLion Technology Development Co, a subsidiary of Chinese commercial washing machine manufacturer Jiangsu SeaLion Machinery Co (Sea-Lion) at the annual China International Laundry Industry Exhibition.

Sea-Lion will integrate Xeros's proprietary technologies into its own commercial washing machines and sell them through its extensive distribution network in China, on an exclusive basis. The first sales are expected in 2019.

Salisbury Group selected for £12bn Framework

* Salisbury-Selected.jpgSalisbury Group announced this week that it has been appointed to the UK Government's new RM3830 Facilities Management Marketplace Framework Contract. In a competitive tender led by the Crown Commercial Service, Salisbury Workplace Services - part of the wider Salisbury Group - was awarded a place on both lots 1b and 1c.

This means that it will be able to tender for the largest national FM contracts with total values of at least £7 million.

Quala acquires Great American Tank Wash

* Quala-acquires.jpgNorth American bulk transportation container cleaning specialist, Quala, has announced its acquisition of the Great American Tank Wash in Greenville, South Carolina.

Headquartered in Florida, Quala is North America's largest independent provider of tank trailer cleaning, ISO container depot services and IBC cleaning, testing and reconditioning services. Its national network of tank wash and waste water treatment facilities comprises over 70 locations in the US and Canada, providing what is thought to be the widest breadth of tank trailer, intermediate bulk container and ISO container cleaning and maintenance capabilities in the industry.

Jon Horton joins Micronclean as export manager

* Jon-Horton_Micronclean.jpgWell-known industry figure Jon Horton has taken up the position of export manager at Micronclean. Jon joins the organisation with not only a proven track record in sales to the cleaning & hygiene industry but also with a history of working in export markets, achieving strong relationships and sustained growth.

Jon will be working with Micronclean's existing export division staff as the company looks to expand the scale of its export division by building with its existing distributors and joint ventures partners, developing new geographies and maximising the synergies with its new Cleanroom Laundry, which is currently under construction in Bangalore, India.

Working together to improve recycling at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

* Schipol-waste.jpgECMR - European Cleaning Machine Recycling - is undertaking a pilot project to improve recycling efforts at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, in close cooperation with Hijman Cleaning Materials.

The aim of this project is to reduce plastic waste by the recycling and reuse of cans and bottles made from HDPE, LDPE and other used plastic materials, which are used and discarded at the airport, to improve recycling rates in an economical way.

Logistics industry commits to ambitious carbon reduction target by 2025

* Logistics-industry.jpgThe Freight Transport Association, the largest membership body in the UK logistics sector, has agreed to support a short-term government target of reducing carbon emissions from HGVs by 15%, announced on Monday in the Government's 'Road to Zero' report.

The target will judge tailpipe emissions in 2025 against a 2015 baseline.

Ecoppia expands Bhadla Park cloud-based robotic cleaning footprint

* Ecoppia.jpgEcoppia, the global robotic, water-free, photovoltaic solar panel cleaning solutions expert, has today announced an agreement with SB Energy, to deploy 2,000 robots across its five sites in Bhadla Phase III & IV Solar Park Project in Rajasthan India.

This announcement comes on the heels of Ecoppia's recent completion of large-scale deployments with Engie and Ostro Power (Actis Group) in the park.

Ideal Response workers are running for their Mind

* Ideal-Response-workers.jpgWorkers at the Maidstone-based disaster recovery specialist, Ideal Response, are donning their running shoes for a sponsored 10K run on behalf of mental health charity, Mind.

Returning in October for another year, the fun run - limited to just 100 participants - aims to not only help raise awareness of Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind, but also of mental health in general.

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Recent UK News

BCC welcomes BSA as new Council Member

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The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has officially welcomed The Business Services Association as a new Council Member.

Two new representatives join CHSA Council

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has been re-elected and RPC bpi recycled products elected onto the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Council. The appointments were made at the AGM, held recently at the House of Commons, resulting in two new representatives joining the Council.

HSE 'Chemicals EU Exit' workshop being held next month

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The Health & Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) will be holding a one-day stakeholder workshop covering EU Exit and its impact on the Biocidal Products Regulations, Classification Labelling and Packaging, and Prior Informed Consent regulations as part of planning for a contingency scenario (no deal).

Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' Forum focused on 'Facing the Future'

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The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' latest three-day Annual Education and Development Forum, which took place last month, was based on the theme 'Facing the Future'. Organised and managed in-house by the Midlands Branch and AHCP's business manager, the event turned out to be the best and most well-attended for many years.

Expansion is coming to Selden...

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Selden 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.

Dennis Goodwin joins Hako Machines

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Hako 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.

UBM EMEA announces record-breaking year for Facilities Show 2018

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Growing 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

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

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

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'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.

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