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International News

Nilfisk’s Virtual Launch event will help you smarten up your business

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Nilfisk has not rested on its laurels over the past 100-plus years - whether it be over technical innovation or the marketing of its products – so it comes as no surprise that it is using the Internet for a ‘virtual launch’ event next month.

Screen protection kills Coronavirus and 99.99% of most common surface bacteria

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Screen protection specialist InvisibleShield’s 2020 glass screen protectors - treated with Kastus anti-microbial technology, have been confirmed by an independent global testing laboratory to be effective against human Coronavirus as well as 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria.

Service high footfalls easily with the Pedal Pro 7000 hand sanitising station

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Are you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!

Taski unveils IntelliSpray technology for businesses tackling post-pandemic health concerns

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IntelliSpray technology, newly developed by Taski, is a fully integrated solution that allows facilities to scrub floors and disinfect them in a single pass, achieving a new standard in hygiene - the ultimate cleaning machine, now with integrated disinfection.

Employees welcome ISS's new Group CEO

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ISS’s new Group CEO Jacob Aarup-Andersen, celebrated his first day at the office on 1st September, along with thousands of ISS employees around the world who watched him speak at an online live broadcast event at the company's headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

MEWA, quality and innovation to support industry 4.0

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When the first Model T rolled off the assembly line at Ford in Detroit in 1908, Hermann Gebauer founded MEWA in Ostritz, Germany.

Factories were then on the threshold of Industry 2.0, producing products faster and cheaper, enabling more people to buy them.

Interclean Amsterdam 2020 goes virtual

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After consultation with their Exhibition Committee and major stakeholders, the organisers of Interclean Amsterdam have decided to cancel this year's 'in person' event and will host a virtual version instead from 3rd - 6th November.

Message from Interclean's Rob den Hertog, who retires from his role this year...

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In a statement on Tuesday, which was tweeted, Rob den Hertog, Interclean's director professional cleaning & hygiene, said:

Bunzl to make further acquisitions in the US and Ireland

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Bunzl has entered into agreements to acquire a US-based safety equipment business with operations in Central and South America, Canada and Europe, and a flexible packaging distributor in Ireland.

Cintas donates face masks and essential supplies to local schools

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Cintas has collaborated with Adopt A Class to donate more than 100,000 items of essential supplies, including face masks, thermometers and hand sanitiser, to local high-poverty schools.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner adds sanitising stations onboard to keep passengers moving safely

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The Los Angeles - San Diego - San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner service, continues to improve efforts in partnership with Amtrak to keep passengers safe.

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This week I received news I'd been expecting for some time: our regional cleaning & hygiene exhibition & conference, originally due to be held in Manchester this week but already postponed until next month, is to be replaced with a virtual event with the main show rescheduled for 2021. A good call by the organisers!

If you've been following my Leaders over the years (this is the 936th I've written in Cleanzine!) you probably know how much I enjoy these shows and how sad I feel on the drive/flight home that they're over. Our industry's known for being a bit like the Eagles' Hotel California... "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" and much of this is down to the people, many of whom we don't see from one event to the next. Friendships are formed and cemented over the years and our industry colleagues can sometimes feel like part of our extended family. And with us all getting older and the pandemic far from over, there's always the feeling that our paths may never cross again.

Over the many hours I've spent chatting to people on their exhibition stands I've learnt that these shows can be a drag, in as much as there are so many staged all over the world. Whereas I may be heading home for a rest, company staff will often have to break everything down, pack it onto trucks and accompany it to a different part of the world before setting it up at - and working - another show. Some have revealed they haven't seen their families for months, so while I'm mourning the damage the pandemic's done to our gatherings, I can see that others will be grateful to not be on the road for a change. I can imagine though that those whose job it is to stage huge international events must be feeling almost bereaved when these are cancelled at the last minute. It must be soul destroying!

Some of us are still having to travel though, so it was with interest I learned this week that Rome's Fiumicino Airport's is the first in the world to receive the Covid-19 5-Star rating from international rating agency Skytrax, who recorded very high standards of cleanliness, a visible presence of cleaning staff in customer-facing areas and the testing of several UV sanitisation methods which further enhance hygiene levels at high-contact points. ATP testing of frequently touched surfaces indicated that exceptional disinfection and hygiene measures were in place. Well done to all involved in achieving such high standards!



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This Week's News

Kärcher Professional strengthens UK team with marketing director appointment

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Kärcher Professional UK has strengthened its team with the appointment of James Gordon as marketing director UK & Ireland.

The move will help the leading global cleaning brand to drive the Professional arm of the business across the UK territory to generate growth and awareness.

Manchester Cleaning Show moves to Sept 2021: virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event...

* Manchester-cleaning-show-cancelled.jpgThe Manchester Cleaning Show – due to take place next month – has been postponed until September 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A virtual exhibition & conference will replace next month's event, on 14th and 15th October.

CHSA reacts to Manchester Cleaning Show postponement

* CHSA_lorcan-mekitarian.jpgSpeaking about the postponement of October's Manchester Cleaning Show and its replacement with a virtual event to be held on 14th - 15th October, Lorcan Mekitarian, chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, said:

"We are sorry there will not be an opportunity for the sector to come together in one place this year, but completely understand the British Cleaning Council's decision."

Reduce infection spread with innovative new antimicrobial door furniture

* P-Wave1.jpgIt is a well-established fact that any surface which is touched by large numbers of people is likely to become a hub for the spread of infection if one of them is ill.

Colds, flu, stomach upsets and the like can rapidly circulate and infect one person after another - and with the battle against Covid-19 currently raging, never has it been as important to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection than it is now.

Door handles are the perfect example...

Researchers find hand dryers and paper towels to be equally hygienic

* Hand-Dryers-Paper-Towels-Equally-Hygienic.jpgHealth organisations worldwide agree that proper handwashing and drying can prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Now, renowned researchers at the University of Arizona have concluded that there is "no data to support any human health claims relative to hand dryers versus paper towel use”.

Sanitise Now achieves global success just weeks after launching

* Sanitise-Now_Tracy-Williams.jpgA North Wales business has secured over £1million in sales orders within weeks of launching, winning orders for its range of sanitising dispensers from across the UK as well as from countries including the US, Canada, Qatar and Sweden.

Llandudno-based Sanitise Now was set up by managing director Tracy Williams, (pictured); finance director Barry Roberts and sales & marketing director Jordan Hurley in April this year to meet the huge demands from businesses facing up to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mitie / Interserve merger investigation launched by CMA

* Mitier-Interserverve-merger-investigation.jpgThe Competition & Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the anticipated acquisition by Mitie Group of Interserve FM (Holdings), which was announced in June of this year and was expected to complete by the year end.

New tool allows hosts to set up automatic cleaning buffers on guest rooms

* New-tool.jpgA new automatic blocking tool has been launched to enable property owners to allow additional time to clean guest rooms between stays if needed, to help ensure guest safety and offer reassurance to them when booking.

Launched by Eviivo, the online booking specialist for the independent accommodation sector, the automatic cleaning buffer incorporates functionality which allows hosts to block rooms to allow them to be cleaned on either side of a guest's stay.

Extensive programme for Interclean Amsterdam Online

* Interclean-Amsterdam-Online.jpgEverything during Interclean Amsterdam online, from 3rd – 6th November, will revolve around business relationship matchmaking, demonstrations and knowledge transfer.

The Healthcare Cleaning Forum is back and will host two sessions with Prof. Didier Pittet, Prof. Pierre Parneix and Alexandra Peters. These sessions will address topics such as Covid-19 and fake news.

Cintas Chicago facility earns zero-waste certification

* Cintas-zero.jpgCintas Corporation's Chicago, US-based direct sale and rental distribution centres (DCs) have been awarded Gold level under the TRUE (Total Resource Use & Efficiency) certification system for zero waste.

State university campus now ready for safe occupation

* ECO_Logic.jpgEco Logic, a company that maintains textiles and flooring for commercial clients using environmentally-friendly solutions, has been hired by Fitchburg State University, a public university located in Massachusetts, US, to sanitise and disinfect 460,000sq.ft across multiple buildings on campus, including dormitories, to assist in the response to the pandemic.

While the facilities were not at that stage available, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requested that they be readied in case of future need.

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Recent UK News

CHSA launches accreditation scheme for chemicals manufacturers

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The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is launching an Accreditation Scheme for the Manufacturers of Cleaning Chemicals.

This move means the CHSA has achieved its strategic ambition of accrediting all members. The combination of the Association's rigorous Code of Practice and its Accreditation Schemes guarantees its members trade ethically and work hard to maintain standards in the industry.

Principle raises £25K for Richard House, London's first children's hospice

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Principle Cleaning Services, the London-based cleaning specialist, has raised £25,000 for Richard House Children's Hospice in East London.

£15 billion sales boost for FM Market

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A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research concludes that outsourcing is set to outperform the UK economy in 2020, with 85% of FM contractors having healthy finances despite the pandemic.

Based on data from 80% of the FM market, the report forecasts a return to pre Covid-19 sales faster than initially expected, with revenue exceeding 2019 levels by H2 2022 with a 10% sales boost.

Phs Compliance supports businesses back to work after lockdown

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Property and facilities management services firm Phs Compliance has launched a new coronavirus surface swab test as part of a range of measures to support businesses reopen safely as lockdown measures ease.

Jangronauts to the rescue!

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, is urging all educational establishments to review their handwashing facilities.

With Covid-19 still in general circulation, an enhanced focus on hand hygiene is required to prevent the spread of infection.

GreenZone scoops two bronze awards at the International Global Good Awards.

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GreenZone Cleaning and Support Services, an already award-winning commercial cleaning company with sustainability and social impact at its core, has just scooped bronze at the international Global Good Awards for both 'Company of the Year' and 'Employee Engagement and Wellbeing' categories:

No mean feat considering the prestigious, corporate company it found itself in.

Medtech firm launches to help companies create safer working environments

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A new engineer-led work safety business, headquartered in Yorkshire, that uses the latest technologies and applications to combat pathogens, has launched to help organisations create safer, cleaner working environments post-Covid.

Greyland continues expansion with new additions to sales force

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Greyland has been joined by two highly respected sales people with a huge amount of industry experience between them.

A multi-channel sales strategy is key for competitive industries to stay ahead

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writes Nick Davies, head of software development, OGL Computer

“Many cleaning and janitorial product suppliers will have seen a surge in online orders during the pandemic as demand rose, especially from new customers.

During the pandemic, selling cleaning and janitorial products via more than one sales channel became key to continuing operations in this competitive industry.

Why Cleaning now must be everyone's responsibility

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Kimberly-Clark Professional partners with the British Institute of Cleaning Science to bring expert practical advice on how to operate successfully in the post-pandemic era of the cleaning industry.

Ecolab to deliver five million litres of hand sanitiser to the NHS

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Ecolab is to supply NHS Supply Chain with five million litres of hand sanitiser, Skinman Soft Protect FF, by the end of the year.

SOAPBOX: Repositioning cleaning in the new normal

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by Dominic Ponniah, CEO at Cleanology

It goes without saying that the last few months have been challenging and, with no vaccine available and queries over the value of antibodies against Covid 19, we still face an uncertain time ahead. The profile of cleaning has never been so high and, as businesses start to reopen, hygiene is top of everyone's agenda.

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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