Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 18th October 2018 Issue no. 842
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New head of Nilfisk in Europe, Middle East and Africa boasts global profile
Steen brings to the role more than 25 years' international experience from the power tool and hand tool industry, working for the US-founded company Stanley Black & Decker.
Surface disinfectant market to grow at a healthy CAGR of 10.40%
KCP champions Scott Clean workplaces to promote hand hygiene on Global Handwashing Day 2018
CMS Berlin 2019: Record early bookings a year before launch day
Avmor celebrates Its 70th Anniversary by looking forward to the next 70 years
Cintas Xtraction floor mat captures dirt and water with ease
Changes at the top for Diversey
10th Anniversary of World MRSA Day - A call to action
WHO calls for increased investment to reach the goal of a toilet for all
Cleaning products industry has $59 billion direct impact on US economy
ISS divesting Netherlands non-core cleaning portfolio to Dutch contractor CSU
Industry giants partner to offer premium smart washroom management system
New Clorox Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odour Remover safely deals with body fluids
IEHA launches healthcare initiative at ISSA Show North America 2018
Tennant to improve coverage in China with acquisition of Gaomei Cleaning Equipment
Goodway's new industrial descaling system boasts large capacity for high performance
Bullen announces new Spray N Roll and Spray N Go products
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As an industry, we've long pushed the idea of UV light for cleaning hospital interiors and to activate water for safer surface cleaning, but how about UV light for cleaning the insides of our drinking water bottles - and the water itself? Launched this week thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the Larq self-cleaning water bottle is now available in five colours (www.livelarq.com). It basks its inner surface and the water itself in UV-C light in the 280nm range, eradicating up to 99.99% of harmful and odour-causing bacteria at the touch of a button - or, in self-cleaning mode, every two hours.
This technology addresses the most common consumer complaints raised about reusable bottles: odour and contamination, difficulty cleaning, and shortage of on-the-go access to pure drinking water. It's a safe, non-toxic and mercury-free choice for those looking to ban single-use plastics from their daily routine for good.
The professional-grade stainless-steel bottle is free from BPA, BPS, and Phthalates and it's double-walled and vacuum sealed so can keep beverages ice-cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. I think this is a great idea and it's even better to know that our industry's been using the technology for some time. Bearing in mind that 844 million people live without access to clean water, I'm delighted that Larq will be donating 1% of proceeds to charities which strive to make clean drinking water more accessible and omit plastic pollution, through its partnership with '1% for the Planet'. And what to do with all those plastic bottles we'll no longer be washing and refilling?
Well... Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on her official tour of Australia with Prince Harry, has been wearing shoes made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, by Rothy's of San Fransisco (www.rothys.com). Like the Larq bottle, they're good for the environment and they look great too, don't you think?
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This Week's News
Technology: Will news that carbon fibre can store energy in a vehicle body impact on cleaning machines?
Ed: I came across something this week that I'm thinking could potentially change the way we manufacture/use batteries for/in cleaning machines. Not being a battery expert, I may have gone off kilter; however, the technology's interesting so I thought I'd share it. I'd love to receive your comments on whether you think it could be viable.
A study led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system. The researchers' vision is of vehicles where a large part of the body of the vehicle consists of structural lithium ion batteries.
Introducing the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology
Wightman & Parrish has been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the leading distributors of Pacvac, the latest in backpack vacuum cleaning technology.
The ISSA 612 Cleaning Times & Tasks shows backpack vacuum cleaners have a cleaning rate of 676sq.m per hour - some three times faster than a traditional upright vacuum cleaner which can clean at a rate of 208sq.m per hour. This means, by using Pacvac, you can save time by creating a more productive workforce.
RAS publishes Happy Toilets @ Preschools Booklet & Handbook to mark 20th anniversary
In collaboration with Dyson Airblade hand dryer distributor VISO Pte, the Restroom Association Singapore has developed a booklet and handbook to mark its 20th anniversary.
The two publications were launched recently at Cherie Hearts @ Charlton by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Revealed: new names for recycling trucks!
Wychavon District Council and its waste and recycling collections partner FCC Environment have now sifted through over 300 resident entries for names for the 15, brand spanking new waste and recycling trucks which are taking to the roads this month.
The names are:
- Reggie Refuse
Envirocall leads Emma Bridgewater post-fire clean-up
In August six fire crews tackled a blaze at the Emma Bridgewater factory site in Lichfield Street, Stoke-on-Trent. The fire caused significant damage to the factory.
Through its partnership with Unitas, Envirocall has been appointed to undertake the environmental clean-up of the fire-damaged parts of the factory.
Dust specialist launches most powerful gas-powered extractor to date
Removing hazardous dust on an industrial scale has been made easier thanks to the UK's dust extracting specialist launching a high performance, gas-powered extractor on the market. Dustcontrol UK's new and innovative propane-driven DC Storm LPG can last up to eight hours and doesn't require any cables, making it ideal for environments with a limited supply of electricity.
The robust machine's 15 kW/21hp motor has the capacity to manage dust extraction in conjunction with work involving large-scale concrete construction and brickwork projects.
Viridor invests £3.7m in Crayford materials recycling facility to improve quality and safety
Viridor has invested £3.7 million in enhanced paper purity and fire protection systems at its Crayford Materials Recycling Facility near Dartford. The Crayford MRF receives 300,000 tonnes of co-mingled content from 28 local authorities each year.
Crayford MRF, through extensive mechanical recovery and manual quality controls, processes large volumes of municipal and commercial dry mixed materials (paper, card, plastic bottles, cans and glass) to produce a range of high quality recyclable outputs.
Environmental Cleaners laud perseverance and expertise of military forces
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners has recently held its annual Military Awards. This event shines a light on the fantastic achievements of the servicemen, women and cadets that contribute to making our armed forces one of the most respected and accomplished in the world today.
The event took place at London's impressive Trinity House, accommodating over 100 guests to witness the ceremony.
Star Platforms raises its game with £2m investment in working at height equipment
Business is on the up at Bedfordshire-based Star Platforms, as the company invests £2 million in new working at height equipment to support the opening of its fifth depot.
Founded in 2014, Star Platforms helps businesses work safely at height by providing them with a range of powered access equipment, including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and low-level platforms. Following the success of its branches in Luton, Leicestershire, Berkshire and Kent, the firm has recently opened a fifth depot in Thetford, enabling it to serve all parts of Anglia.
NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces opens centre for innovation in smart materials
NanoTouch Materials, creator of NanoSeptic Self-Cleaning Surfaces, has finished construction of its new facility, the Center for Innovation in Smart Materials.
After three years of research and development funded by a $2 million grant, NanoTouch decided to foster development of other types of smart materials that improve people's lives and reduce environmental impact.
Middleton Shopping Centre contract win for Aston Services
Aston Services Group has been awarded the contract to clean Manchester's Middleton Shopping Centre. Formerly the Arndale Centre, built in 1971, the site comprises three levels of retail shopping and extensive car parking for 378 vehicles.
It provides around 340,000sq.ft of retail space as well as a gym and the Middleton Health Centre.
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