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International News

ACI adds three to strengthen communications, advocacy and science teams

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The American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the cleaning product supply chain, welcomes three new employees:

24th 'Pulire - The Smart Show' boasts record attendance

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The 24th Pulire - The Smart Show, came to an exciting conclusion in Verona, Italy, last month. Presented by Afidamp Servizi and ISSA, the biennial event was larger than ever, drawing more than 17,000 visitors-an increase of 6% over the previous edition in 2017.

Arrow Solutions signs up global customers for its new, safer corrosion preventative product

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Industry's growing desire for non-hazardous products that still offer the same performance is driving the introduction of a major product update by one of the UK's leading manufacturers of professional cleaning and maintenance chemicals.

DebMed now key component of an expanded product offering from new parent

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DebMed, an established leader in the healthcare market by way of its DebMed Monitoring System and specialised skincare products, is now part of an expanded offering from SC Johnson Professional, which acquired the British manufacturer in 2015. This latest rebranding marks the company's continued expansion into the healthcare segment.

Citron Hygiene completes follow up acquisition in the UK

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Toronto, Canada-based Citron Hygiene has entered the washroom services market in the UK having acquired 1st Class Hygiene from the Fantham family, headquartered in Leicestershire, on 1st May. 1st Class has been operating for over 20 years and provides a comprehensive range of washroom hygiene, pest control services and related products.

NuShield films protect interactive displays at new Statue of Liberty Museum

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LCD screen protection, germ and glare-elimination technology specialist NuShield, is helping protect the interactive displays and the public at the recently opened Statue of Liberty museum on Liberty Island, US.

Hanwha launches campaign to help clean Vietnam's Mekong River

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To commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th, Hanwha launched a 'Clean Up Mekong' campaign in Vinh Long Province in collaboration with the Vietnam Environment Administration and the Global Green Growth Institute of Vietnam.

CMS Berlin 2019: Hotels and catering form important target group

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The organisers of CMS Berlin 2019 - Cleaning. Management.Services. say that one of the show's main target groups is decision-makers responsible for cleaning in the hotel and catering sector, since there are few industries that place such an emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for ensuring personal wellbeing.

Programme to end open defecation in Jharkhand ends up transforming gender roles

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The Indian state of Jharkhand is one of the areas where misconceptions about menstruation are widespread, with young women banned from socialising with friends, from cooking, playing sports, going to school, sleeping on beds or going outside at all.

New study finds the germiest places in cars aren't where people think

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Drivers assume that the germiest places in their cars are the places they touch most, but it's the places that go unnoticed that need the most attention, according to a recent consumer survey and car swab test conducted by CloroxPro.

GumBusters: Who you gonna call?

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The Pulire exhibition in Verona is renowned for showcasing the latest technologies in all fields of environment management and cleaning technology, so it comes as no surprise that the innovative cordless gum removal technology from OspreyDeepclean was so well received there recently.

Origo2 from Vileda wins 'Pulire 2019 Product of the Year'

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The Pulire organisers created the new Product of the Year award to recognise the research of professional cleaning industry companies as well as market response to their products. Toni D'Andrea, Paul Goldin, Michel de Bruin, Tibor Ritz, Virna Re and Cássia Almeida sat on the international judging panel.

Endless opportunities hiding amidst ageing infrastructure to fuel portable pressure washer market

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The global portable pressure washer market is a bustling avenue expected to grow with new opportunities, with the ageing infrastructure in major countries like the US and new infrastructures in growing ecomomies likely to open new prospects, as well as a growing demand from the automotive cleaning market, according to a new report.

Total cleaning & laundry solutions for Indonesia - a growing market

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Indonesia is showing a steady growth in the cleaning and laundry market, driven by the rising number of commercial and residential properties, healthcare facilities and hospitality facilities, and the development of more automation, more innovative products and solutions which are effective and efficient.

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I prefer to be proved right if I've said something positive but in this case it was only a matter of time before I had to say 'I told you so'. I'm only hoping it won't take too long for the powers that be to get their brains into gear and do a 'U-turn'!

I've said more than once that shutting our civic amenity tips some days of the week and shortening the hours they're open on others - as well as bringing in charges for some of the items we used to be able to dump free of charge - will encourage the unscrupulous to dump their rubbish wherever they wish. Well, as you can see from the picture, it's happening in my local area.


The picture was posted on a Facebook group page with the comment that: "It will only get worse now that the council is charging to dump certain materials." Another poster blamed the lack of policing and while I agree that this doesn't help when it comes to catching the culprits, there'd be fewer culprits to catch if the councils were sensible about the way they run our essential facilities.

Another post said: "Stop the councils from charging to pick up large items and charging to dump certain materials - and allow vans into waste dumps,". Not driving a van myself, I'd forgotten about that one!

One said: "There are a lot of people doing rubbish clearance because some people don't have the means to get bulk rubbish to the tip (or don't want to pay), and this has to be an example of one of those clearance outfits that wants to take people's money to clear rubbish yet not pay to dispose of it properly themselves. The council should introduce licensed waste disposal so that not just anyone with a van can rock up." Clearly, the fact that companies taking our waste have to be licenced, has escaped this particular poster, which proves that not enough is being done to get the message across to ordinary people.

I can't believe it costs less to clear everything that's fly-tipped than it does to keep our civic amenity tips functioning as they used to prior to the cuts. It's well known, too, that an area that already has rubbish, is going to attract more. Something needs to be done - and fast. Don't you agree?



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This Week's News

Registration opens for ISSA Show North America 2019

* Registration-opens-ISSA.jpgRegistration is open for ISSA Show North America 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas, 18th - 21st November. To date, this is the largest event produced by ISSA, with more than 16,000 cleaning and facility solutions professionals and 700-plus exhibits expected.

Cleaning industry professionals of all levels gather at the event annually to conduct business, sharpen their skills, learn the newest industry trends, discover the latest products and services, and uncover fresh solutions to the day-to-day challenges they face.

Jeremy Hunt told "respect your workers" on FCO Interserve picket line

* FCO-cleaners.jpg"Show your workers some respect," foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt was told loud and clear from the picket line yesterday, on day three of the Interserve/Foreign and Commonwealth Office strike over pay and cuts to terms and conditions.

On another lively morning on the picket line, strikers were joined by Public & Commercial Services Union general secretary Mark Serwotka, PCS president Fran Heathcote, assistant general secretary John Moloney, TUC deputy general secretary Paul Nowak and Labour party parliamentary candidate (Cities of London and Westminster) Steven Saxby.

New EnSure monitoring system has improved controls and data handling plus links to intuitive software

* New-EnSure.jpgRapid microbial detection, monitoring and identification solutions specialist Hygiena, has launched a new EnSure touch monitoring system.

The EnSure Touch is a next-generation monitoring system that collects, analyses and reports data from multiple quality tests such as ATP, microorganisms and enzymes, providing necessary data for audit and risk management.

Easy!Force now available across all Kärcher hot and cold Professional pressure washers

* Easy!Force-mods.jpgKärcher's Easy!Force trigger gun is now available across all Kärcher hot and cold Professional pressure washers with a maximum pressure of up to 300 bar, unlocking the power to comfortable cleaning and allowing users the freedom to master any high-pressured task with effortless control.

This innovative trigger gun provides full power with zero force, letting the water do the work.

Rapid drainage response helps keeps supermarket tills ringing

* Rapid-drainage.jpgSpecialist drainage services delivered by Lanes Group is helping Booths maintain its reputation as one of the most successful and best-liked food retailers in the North West of England. Co-ordinated from its Preston depot, Lanes provides a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive drainage service for Booths' 28 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and Yorkshire.

The ability to seamlessly deliver planned drainage maintenance and respond quickly to urgent issues, such as drain blockages, across the whole retail estate is key to the success of the service.

Innovative new range of matting in stock, stops dirt in its tracks

* TRAPWELL_MAT2.jpgESE Direct is now holding stocks of Blue Diamond matting, which includes a state-of-the-art range of entrance mats. The Sticky Step mats are composed of heavy-duty layers that capture large amounts of dust and dirt.

"Blue Diamond offers some innovative products that fit well with our existing lines as well as offering extra choice for our customers," says Mark Perkins, procurement manager at ESE Direct. "They are ideal for industries that need to maintain a spotless environment and laboratory standards, for example electronics or food preparation."

New Blueair air purifier cleans the air in your vehicle in six minutes

* Blueair-air-purifier.jpgBlueair is launching a new intelligent air purifier to keep the air we breathe while inside our vehicles as clean as possible. Designed for safety and tested to global standards, the new app connected Blueair Cabin P2i rids the vehicle of the harmful gases, particles and germs that we are exposed to when on the road.

Research by UK Parliament shows that the air in our vehicles is up to 15 times more polluted than on the road outside. This is due to the direct flow of exhausts from the vehicle being driven, as well other vehicles on the road, and the off-gassing of volatile organic chemicals from materials used in the interior; all within a relatively small volume of enclosed space.

Christeyns opens new engineering facility in Bradford

* Christeyns-Engineering.jpgA new engineering facility was officially opened this week by Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, on behalf of chemicals specialist Christeyns. A further significant investment in facilities for Christeyns in Bradford, this new Cutler Heights location will provide an important hub for its commercial laundry engineering division, currently handling multi-million pound contracts for laundries nationwide.

Christeyns Engineering has been expanding its influence in the laundry sector year on year.

Cordant extends relationship with Eurotunnel

* Cordant-Eurotunnel.jpgCordant Services, part of Cordant Group, has secured a three-year extension to continue providing a full portfolio of cleaning solutions to Eurotunnel. This new contract further strengthens the long-standing relationship between the two organisations, which have worked together since 2008

Under the terms of the new agreement, Cordant Services will continue to deliver a wide-range of solutions at the Folkestone passenger terminal - otherwise known as the Victor Hugo Building - and additional office space, including general and high-level cleaning, washroom services and window cleaning, plus emergency cleans as required.

Sebo supports The Pink Ribbon Foundation

* Sebo-Pink-Ribbon.jpgSebo has announced its collaboration with The Pink Ribbon Foundation by unveiling a stunning new addition to the Felix Contemporary Range - The Felix Rose. Sebo will donate 25% of all Felix Rose profits to the charity.

Featuring a design of romantic red and pastel pink roses, blossoming around the body of the machine, the Felix Rose design was created to reflect the charity's vibrant pink personality.

Relion expands operations with new technology centre in Seattle

* Relion-expands.jpgGlobal lithium battery provider, Relion, has opened a new expanded technology center and lab in Seattle, WA, which will serve as a central hub for research and development, product testing, and sustaining engineering. Some exciting new technology is about to launch as a result...

This Summer, the company will deliver its highly-anticipated InSight Series, a new drop-in replacement lithium battery with a patented SuperSmart battery management system that automatically balances battery cells and maximises battery performance when connected in parallel.

Carlisle Support Services wins 'Industry Champion' Award for dedication to Real Living Wage

* Carlisle-SS.jpgAt the annual Living Wage Champion Awards held last week, Carlisle Support Services was recognised for its commitment to paying the voluntary rate and promoting the Living Wage in its industry and supply chain, leading more employers to pay the real Living Wage. The contractor was awarded the 'Industry Champion Award' for its dedication to promoting the voluntary rate as a Recognised Service Provider.

"As a Recognised Service Provider we have committed to pay all our head office staff the Living Wage as per the Living Wage Employer agreement," says Paul Evans, chief executive officer of Carlisle Support Services.

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Recent UK News

2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards open for entries

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The 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards are now open - with the call to cleaning and facilities maintenance companies for entries that demonstrate the very best standards of cleaning excellence.

Deep cleaning 4,600 feet down...

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A science lab almost a mile beneath the earth that simulates the surface of Mars sounds like something out of science fiction. But for Mitie cleaner and lab assistant, Barbara Suckling, the most remarkable thing about her place of work at the Boulby Underground Laboratory in North Yorkshire is the exacting levels of cleanliness required by the scientists who work there.

X marks the spot!

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We understand that the client originally enquired after oscillation... "And whilst we are big fans of this technology," says Factory Cat, "It's not the best idea in a busy workshop!"

Ecocleen selects Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity

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Ecocleen has selected Keep Britain Tidy as its corporate charity for the next 12 months. The company, a leading commercial contract cleaning provider, will raise awareness of the charity's campaign to reduce litter, improve local places and prevent waste as well as raise more than £5,000.

Soapbox: single use plastics

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Stephen Cameron, business development director, SWRnewstar, writes...

"UK supermarkets and the Government are raising the stakes when it comes to removing single-use plastic.

Addressing Plastics at CHSA Conference: an update

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We have further news on the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's conference taking place on Thursday 13th June, which we featured earlier this month...

Bluewater management impressed with Incentive FM's work

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The management team of Bluewater, Europe's leading retail and leisure destination, has been so impressed with Incentive FM's operational delivery and strategic management over the past three years, that it has awarded the independent facilities management company, a new five-year contract.

City Corporation clamps down on dishonest restaurants

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The City of London Corporation is clamping down on dishonest restaurants that display inaccurate food hygiene ratings in their windows. Recent spot checks by the City Corporation's Trading Standards officers found that out of 140 food premises visited, 22 of them (16%) were displaying a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme sticker higher than they were entitled to.

Cromwell Polythene's new business development manager takes over from retiree

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Family run business, Cromwell Polythene, which supplies a range of polythene and compostable products to aid recycling and waste management, has promoted Alex Lee to the position of business development manager. He takes over from Richard Rowling, a valued member of the team for over 10 years, who is now retiring.

Host UK t/a Host von Schrader to cease trading: PRESS STATEMENT

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It is with great sadness that we, the Directors of Host UK t/a Host von Schrader, have to announce the closure of the business.

Salisbury City Council, Idverde and East Hampshire District Council celebrate award for cleanest city

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Salisbury City Council welcomed street cleaning contractor Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, who provide environmental enforcement services, to the Guildhall last week, to celebrate Salisbury being one of the cleanest cities in the UK.

BSC's report makes case for urgent action on impact of air pollution on outdoor workers

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The British Safety Council has launched a report 'Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers' which provides compelling evidence to recognise ambient air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain. In the report, the charity presents the demands that spearhead its campaign to limit the dangers of air pollution to the health of outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers.

Green Hills Cleaning wins £5000 of Nilfisk cleaning equipment

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Wiltshire based Green Hills Cleaning - a member of both the Domestic Cleaning Alliance and the National Carpet Cleaners Association, has won Nilfisk's' Cleaning Cupboard of equipment worth £5000.00. The cleaning equipment haul is all battery operated, comprising the VP600 tub vacuum, the GD5 battery backpack, the SC250 micro scrubber and the larger pedestrian scrubber dryer, the SC400.

Events & Exhibitions

CMS Berlin
19-22nd September 2023
Messe Berlin

National Floor Safety Institute
25-26th September 2023
International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention

Hurst Convention Center, Texas


Interclean China 2023
18-20th October 2023
2nd edition


7-9th November 2023
Madrid, Spain

Clean Eurasia Expo 2023
8-10th November 2023


ISSA Show North America
13-16th November 2023
Las Vegas


The Cleaning Show
13-14th March 2024

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