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International News

Richard Sudall joins the team at WoolSafe

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The WoolSafe Organisation is pleased to be strengthening its team with the appointment of Richard Sudall as head of international sales. Richard has been in the cleaning chemical industry all his working life and been a customer of WoolSafe for many years.

Unger's growing Stingray family really speeds up indoor window cleaning

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Unger has now further developed the award-winning Stingray indoor cleaning system with Stingray QuikPads - three-layer disposable pads (cleaning layer, absorbent core and attachment layer) that can be changed at lightning speed to help provide fast and easy hygienic cleanliness.

CMS Berlin 2019: Combined Newcomers stand is fully booked

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Newcomers are on the march at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2019. From 24th to 27th September, for the first time, new and innovative companies will be displaying a wide range of products and new technological developments on a combined stand sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics. The area in Hall 6.2 is currently already booked up.

IWFM and FMA: 'a collaborative alliance for excellence' says outgoing IWFM chairman

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The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management and the Facility Management Association of Australia, are to join forces in the pursuit of workplace and facilities management excellence. The trans-continental alliance will connect FMA's 2,000 strong membership to IWFM's community of 17,000 workplace and facilities professionals, already represented in 80 countries.

Registration opens for ISSA Show North America 2019

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Registration 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.

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

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Rapid microbial detection, monitoring and identification solutions specialist Hygiena, has launched a new EnSure touch monitoring system.

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

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Kärcher'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.

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

ESE 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.

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

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Blueair 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.

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EFCI (the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry), which brings together associations representing the industry at national level and as such is recognised as the voice of the cleaning & facility services industry in Europe, has just issued its latest trend report on the sector, which represents an impressive 270,000 companies.

'The European Cleaning Industry 1995-2016' makes interesting reading and contains a wealth of information not just collectively, but by individual country as well. For example, it notes that the volume of cleaning services that are contracted out rather than being performed in-house, is still growing - increasing from 61% in 2003 to 66% in 2016 - despite calls in some areas to bring cleaning back in-house to save money and have greater control. Apart from Portugal and Italy, national contracting out rates reached higher levels for all countries in 2016, compared to 2003.

It is also interesting to note that while the percentage of part time cleaners has fluctuated over the years, it has increased considerably over the last two decades, with almost seven out of 10 working part-time in 2016. The tradition for cleaning when buildings are empty of their normal occupants has largely continued, although Finland bucks the trend with daytime cleaning representing an impressive 75% of the working periods. In Spain, night-time cleaning increased from 13% to 25% of the working shifts.

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments made in the foreward that: "Despite suffering from a so-called 'invisibillity', the sector shows its undisputable relevance in today's society, not only for the essential services it provides, but also as regards the enormous impact it has in terms of employment. Only what is measurable can be managed, so we encourage readers to look at and interact with the data presented and think about the work behind the numbers. It is precisely this effort which has ensured that the sector has not only overcome the financial crisis and the latest recessions, but which has allowed it to continue growing."

For what has often been referred to as a 'Cinderella' industry to have tripled revenues to 107 billion Euros and increased the number of employees by 80%, to nearly four million people over the last two decades, we're really not doing too badly, are we?

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This Week's News

Cleaning and facility services professionals share expertise at EFCI's 2019 Conference

* EFCI.jpgDelegates and speakers from several EU Member States gathered during the European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry's 2019 Conference last month, to exchange views on innovation in the cleaning and facility services industry and on the challenges to come. The event was hailed very successful in terms of the relevant sessions and quality of the presentations.

EFCI held its 10th Conference 'Cleaning and Facility Services: shaping the industry of the future' in the iconic conference centre 'The Square', in the heart of Brussels, which marked the modernisation of the Federation and reunited more than 100 representatives from European Institutions, EFCI's stakeholders and experts from the sector.

CMS Purus Innovation Awards: 11 finalists revealed

* CMS-Purus.jpgThe 11 entries that have made it through to the final round of this year's CMS Purus Innovation Awards, have been revealed. Chosen by a panel of eight judges who deemed them the best out of the 65 entries submitted, they will be presented on a special display at CMS Berlin 2019, which is taking place from 24th to 27th September at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Immediately before the start of the trade fair, the jury will pick the winners in a second round of voting. The coveted Awards will be presented on 24th September at an evening event at the Marshall Haus in the exhibition complex.

Novaerus joins Clean Hospitals collaboration to help raise standards

* Novaerus2.jpgNovaerus, an Irish company specialising in air disinfection using patented ultra-low energy plasma, has joined the Clean Hospitals collaboration between manufacturers from the professional hygiene industry, representatives from academia, key opinion leaders and hospital management, which aims to raise industry standards and increase the visibility of environmental hygiene in patient care.

Ultimately, these improvements in environmental hygiene will benefit public health by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Hydro Systems introduces real-time data solution for laundries

* Hydro-Systems-Data.jpgChemical dispensing and dosing solutions specialist Hydro Systems, introduced its new Hydro Connect Real-Time Module at the 2019 Clean Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. When paired with a Real-Time Module, Hydro Connect offers instant data streaming to further improve the laundry process.

"The Real-Time Module helps laundries operate more efficiently, reduce costs and quickly address any abnormal conditions," says John Goetz, global product manager, Hydro Systems. "Previously, our customers could view historical reports on productivity, chemical usage, costs and alarms. Now, operational data is available as it occurs, allowing immediate action to drive continuous improvement."

IDEXX Legiolert receives NF Validation Certification by AFNOR for Legionella pneumophila testing

* IDEXX-Legiolert.jpgIDEXX has announced that the Legiolert test, used for the rapid, confirmed enumeration of Legionella pneumophila in hot and cold sanitary water and cooling tower water, has been granted the NF Validation by AFNOR Certification, under the reference No IDX 33/06 - 06/19.

The Certification follows a study carried by independent expert laboratories. The performance of the Legiolert method was judged equivalent to the performance of standard EN ISO 11731, used worldwide and NF T90-431, used in France.

Meet the OBE recipient who's dedicated his career to preventing falls from height

* Meet-the-OBE.jpgThey may not realise it, but anyone who has ever climbed a ladder, ascended a mobile access tower or used any other type of equipment to work at height has good reason to thank Glaswegian Peter Bennett, 59. Plenty of those in this industry then...

On average, 36 people die every year following a fall from height at work, according to figures released by the Health & Safety Executive this week, and thousands more are injured. Peter has dedicated his career to minimising these numbers and this week, his contribution to height safety was recognised when he was invested with an OBE by HM the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

Design for recycling and an integrated approach: messages from CHSA's plastics conference

* Design-for-recycling.jpgTwo dominant messages emerged from the recent Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association conference on plastics. First, products, packaging and processes need to be designed with recycling in mind. Second, an integrated approach, from the start to the finish of the supply chain, is crucial if recycling is to be increased.

CHSA members, who are working hard to build environmental sustainability into the heart of their businesses, were addressed by a panel of experts.

IICRC opens nominations for Keith Williams Award

* IICRC-nominations.jpgDo you know an individual who has made a significant technical contribution to the advancement of the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is now accepting nominations for the Keith Williams Award. The deadline for nominations is 31st July 2019.

The Keith Williams Award was created to honour its namesake, an industry pioneer who volunteered his time and technical abilities to the IICRC for many years. The award honours individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.

WRAP sees fashion as 'the next plastic' in customer perception

* WRAP-fashion.jpgIn May, WRAP, (Waste & Resources Action Programme) hosted a lively workshop with diverse stakeholders to explore whether the UK textiles sector might want a voluntary waste reduction agreement post 2020, and if so, what it could look like.

Attendees included signatories and supporters from the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020, and representatives from the wider sector. Opportunities to mitigate the environmental impacts of clothing, home textiles and footwear - deemed to be 'the next plastic' were all discussed.

RSPH issues report on infection control during 'special procedures'

* RSPH-tats-report.jpgThe Royal Society of Public Health has published a detailed report, titled Skins and Needles, which reviews the infection hazard associated with tattoos, cosmetic piercings, electrolysis and acupuncture - generically referred to as 'special procedures'.

Systems of control of the potential risks vary across the UK and beyond; among other recommendations, the RSPH calls for all UK health systems to review current arrangements.

Arcus awarded five-year total facilities contract for Co-op distribution centres

* ARCUS.jpgArcus, has been awarded a contract by the Co-op, to provide total facilities management service for 13 of its distribution centres across the UK. 

Arcus has secured the five-year contract, which will see the company provide a total facilities management service to the food retailer, including both maintenance and cleaning services.

NIC delivering services with new Hermes contract

* NIC-delivering-Hermes.jpgNIC Services Group has been awarded a new £multi-million contract with delivery solutions company Hermes. This contract will see NIC delivering cleaning and associated services across the entire Hermes estate.

Hermes is an independent courier network delivering over 335 million parcels each year on behalf of some of the UK's largest online retailers including Next Directory, QVC, JD Williams and Debenhams.

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Recent UK News

Investigation continuing into foods linked to listeria infections in UK hospitals

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Good progress is being made in the continuing investigation into the food supply chain, to identify the source of the listeria strain linked to the recent hospital cases - which have so far resulted in two deaths. The Food Standards Agency is leading the investigation, with the support of Food Standards Scotland and local authorities.

Restoring the splendour of your floors

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Paul Hillman, managing director of Farnborough-based CleanKing, shares his thoughts on floor cleaning and maintenance. One of Paul's teams has recently delivered a fantastic floor restoration and clean for Homebase which received incredibly positive feedback. Other 'big brand' clients include Boots and The Range...

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

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"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.

Rapid drainage response helps keeps supermarket tills ringing

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Specialist 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.

Christeyns opens new engineering facility in Bradford

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A 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.

Cordant extends relationship with Eurotunnel

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Cordant 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

Sebo supports The Pink Ribbon Foundation

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Sebo 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.

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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