*Cleanzine_logo_2a.jpgCleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 15th July 2021 Issue no. 977

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International News

Erdemil France joins the Brightwell Dispensers Group

Erdemil has joined the Brightwell Dispensers Group and rebranded to Brightwell Dispensers SAS. With its new 6000sq.m manufacturing facilities and headquarters in Bussy-Saint-Georges, near Paris, Brightwell Dispensers SAS continues to operate with the existing management team in place.

Submissions now open for ISSA Pulire Verona's 'Product of the Year'

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Submissions are now open for the 'Product of the Year ISSA Pulire 2021', a competition designed to draw attention to and reward the development of innovative solutions, ideas, and designs in the industry.

CIRI expands membership eligibility

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute has expanded its membership eligibility for individuals to contract cleaners, in-house cleaning professionals, disaster restoration professionals, consultants and others with interests in common with the related industries and their affiliations.

Global Hygiene Summit to take place in Singapore in 2022

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Covid-19 has brought hygiene - and, more specifically, the role it can play in our health, into sharp focus and further reinforced the fact that prevention is better than cure.

ISS signs five-year IFS contract with Equinor

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ISS Facility Services in Norway has announced an agreement with energy company, Equinor, to deliver services to its office sites.

Customise your clean with new WypAll Wettask System

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Introducing from Kimberly-Clark Professional the improved wipe to complete the WypAll Wettask Roll Wiper Dispenser System… This system is designed for maximum control of both hygiene and cost efficiencies.

Hydro Systems unveils enhancements to HydroMinder range of car wash dispensers

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Hydro Systems has introduced updates to the low pressure float valve of its HydroMinder dispensers for car wash applications.

Middle East Cleaning Technology Week targets 2022 for 6th edition in Dubai

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Middle East Cleaning Technology Week, the region's popular exhibition for the commercial cleaning and hygiene industries, will return to Dubai, UAE in 2022, joint organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East and VIS have announced.

Cleaning made simple with Nilfisk's new Core Pressure Washer range

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Nilfisk, one of the world's leading manufacturers of cleaning equipment, is proud to bring a brand-new, award-winning range to the UK market; the Nilfisk Core Pressure Washers.

New agreement delivers surface disinfection to global public health commodity procurement programs

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AREV Nanotech Brands, a publicly traded life science enterprise, and sanitising and disinfecting company Germinator, have entered into a definitive agreement to provide the Genesis hypochlorous acid (HOCl) platform of surface disinfection to global public health commodity procurement programs to aid refugees and Internally Displaced Persons throughout Central and South America, Africa, eastern Europe, and Asia.

Bunzl's pre-close statement reveals two further industry acquisitions

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In its pre-close statement issued today, in which it recorded, 'Good overall growth against continuing pandemic-related challenges,' Bunzl announced that it has completed the acquisition of two more businesses - one in the UK and the other in Australia.

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Why does it take a disaster to highlight the great work our cleaning teams do?

I try not to keep mentioning how the pandemic has done more to raise the profile of the cleaning industry than anything else in my lifetime - I've been doing it for almost 18 months - but it's still a joy to see how cleaners are now mentioned in roll calls of key workers.

The vital role they play has again been highlighted by pictures of the aftermath of Sunday's Euro 2021 final at Wembley, as ours, featured in the Evening Standard, shows. Almost 30 tonnes of rubbish was left strewn around London's streets for the cleaning teams to deal with, but by daybreak on Monday, most of it had been spirited away and the streets had been cleaned, or were in the process of being cleaned. Reading about it all made me wonder what goes through the cleaners' minds while they're working... Anger? Despair? Resignation? Delight at the money an extra few hours working overnight will bring? I'd love to know!

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I've been in large crowds leaving a full-to-capacity stadium after a gig but we're all packed so tightly as we shuffle to the nearest underground station that it would be impossible to get to a bin even if we could see one. I've never dropped rubbish for someone else to clean up though. In the early days of Cleanzine almost 20 years ago I was calling for better education for children, regarding litter. The generation being born at that stage has become adult. Have things improved? It doesn't look like it...

Many thanks to those of you who've come forward with environmentally-friendly cleaning and recycling products for me to test when I take up my 10-day role as Waste & Recycling Manager on 24th July. If you missed my request, it's at www.facebook.com - I'm particularly keen to see how biodegradeable bin bags work in what I'm told is likely to be wild weather so if you have a product you're proud of, do please get in touch!



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This Week's News

Wave of WFH fatigue hits the UK, but employees still concerned their offices aren't Covid-secure

* WFH-fatigue.jpgWith Covid-19 restrictions set to end on July 19th, more than half (52%) of British people currently working from home say they are ready to return to the office and are thus considered to have ‘Work From Home’ fatigue, but more than a third (35%) are still concerned their offices aren't Covid secure, according to new research from Mitie.

While the typical office worker wants to go into the office between two and three days per week, three fifths (60%) think that the company they work for needs to improve the office environment to prevent staff becoming ill in the future.

A cleaner and safer return to office work

* A-cleaner-safer-return.jpgPeople will be concerned about cleanliness as they return to post lockdown work-life but observing some simple steps goes a long way to ensuring a smooth and safe transition, says Jim Roberts, product manager at visual communications specialist, Beaverswood…

“As we ease out of lockdown and restrictions are relaxed, more and more of us will be able to return to our offices and workplaces. And as we return, and confidence grows, we will see an inevitable cultural shift - a new attitude and awareness to infection control.

New Clean-a-Card offers rapid and effective automated hotel key card disinfection

* Clean-a-Card.jpgThe pandemic has posed never-before-seen challenges for the hospitality industry, requiring owners, managers and brands to take new precautions to keep guests and staff safe. Despite our enthusiasm to travel again, we are more conscious than ever before about sanitation, safety, and cleanliness.

Clean-a-Card addresses the need for rapid and effective automated hotel key card disinfection. The key card disinfection system achieves 99.9% microbe reduction using a combination of EPA-approved liquid sanitiser, dosage-controlled UV-C light and plasma disinfection.

Proper maintenance of HVAC systems helps tackle IAQ concerns in a post pandemic world

* Proper-maintenance-HVAC-systems.jpgGoodway Technologies, the industrial HVAC maintenance product specialist, is reminding facilities managers how critical the correct maintenance of an HVAC system is to indoor air quality.

While many FMs have long understood the importance of IAQ, the pandemic has brought an increased emphasis on the need to keep employees and occupants safe and healthy, and with ‘back to work’ activity increasing, now is the time to act.

What is the difference between sales reps and distributors?

* Distribution.jpg"Sales reps and manufacturers' reps are similar - however, they are not the same as distributors," says distributor-membership organisation Afflink's Michael Wilson...

"End-customers are often confused by the terms, 'sales rep' and 'distributors'. Adding to the confusion, another term we often hear is 'manufacturers rep'. Many of us believe these are all about the same.

Eco-friendly equipment that eliminates up to 100% of bacteria and viruses and 99.99% of Covid-19 now available in Brazil

* Eco-Friendly-Cleaning-Equipment.jpgFor over a year, the huge DownTown Condominium office and retail centre has served as the Brazil pilot site of R-Water's eco-friendly device, widely used in the US to clean and disinfect surfaces in facilities such as hospitals, restaurants, sporting facilities and more - and which, in certain applications, is applied via drones.

The DownTown Condominium has confirmed that it is impressed with R-Water's device for both its performance and decreased cleaning costs.

Veolia to manage waste services for NHS Test & Trace lab

* Veolia-waste-services.jpgVeolia has been awarded a contract to provide healthcare waste management services for NHS Test & Trace's Rosalind Franklin Laboratory, a new state-of-the-art, very high-throughput Covid-19 laboratory in Royal Leamington Spa, under a Crown Commercial Services Framework.

Veolia's teams will self-deliver a fully comprehensive service covering all aspects of the waste management process at the facility which is designed to process hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests per day, and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Recent UK News

Kimberly-Clark Professional launches the Golden Service Awards 2022

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Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Golden Service Awards 2022, the leading cleaning and FM industry awards event, with a 'save the date' for Thursday, 26th May 2022, to be held at the InterContinental London Park Lane.

Launched more than 30 years ago by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the Golden Service Awards 2022 will be open for entries from 20th July 2021.

ICE Cleaning celebrates substantial growth

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Industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning services organisation ICE Cleaning, has expanded its management team with a series of senior appointments to support its substantial 700% business growth between 2020 and 2021.

Sasse secures further 5-year contract extension with Edinburgh Airport

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The last 18 months have been an incredibly challenging time for the aviation industry with passenger numbers falling through the floor.

Caple supports management buy-out for waste management business

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SME credit fintech Caple has supported the management buy-out of Serious, a sewage, grease and waste-water management company, with a £1m long-term unsecured loan.

Jangro starts spreading the festive cheer

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Jangro is getting into the festive spirit by launching its annual Christmas Supplies Catalogue.

With the Government's roadmap setting out an end to restrictions long before December, Christmas 2021 is set to be busier than ever, with many companies, organisations, and families and friends, intending to make up for last year with festive celebrations and parties throughout the season.

Why we need to embrace health technology in the fight against Covid-19

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By Graham Mimms - co-founder of Safe Surface Sensor

Coronavirus has immeasurably reshaped the way we interact with the world. Whether that be with friends, colleagues, or day to day services, as a society we have become increasingly conscious of the need to maintain rigorous hygiene standards if we are to avoid viruses such as Covid-19 tearing through society.

Excel Dryer UK launches XLERATORsync: A revolutionary leap in washroom technology that elevates hygiene, safety and efficiency to new levels

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Excel Dryer UK has announced the launch of XLERATORsync, a washroom solution that combines soap, water and air with a custom washbasin in a single location.

The XLERATORsync dryer is the latest innovative deployment of Excel Dryer's cutting-edge technology. Beneath its modern exterior, the dryer houses technology developed with NASA rocket scientists to ensure optimal hand drying performance.

BigChange mobile tech helps protect cleaning workforce at Clearground

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Cleaning and facilities maintenance company Clearground is using workforce management technology from BigChange to improve health & safety across its nationwide operation.

Committed to cleaning up waste, Cromwell tracks trash trends

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Cromwell Polythene, which supplies products for the capture and containment of materials for recycling, is passionate about reducing waste.

As part of this commitment, it recently held a litter picking activity and is also conducting research into dog waste specifically.

Mitie wins new contract with East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

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Mitie has won a new seven and a half-year contract to deliver services for Lister Hospital and Hertford County Hospital, two of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust's hospitals. The contract is worth £4 million a year and has the option to extend for up to two and a half years.

Brightwell Dispensers appoints a new managing director

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Brightwell Dispensers, the global designer and manufacturer of high-quality and innovative soap, paper and chemical dilution dispensing systems, has appointed Nathan Palmer as Managing Director. Nathan succeeds Stephen Woolmer, who retired after 26 years in the business at the end of last month.

Late night demo exposes floor

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In co-operation with Trafalgar Cleaning Equipment; their customer had painted the floor six months prior, but then not really seen it since, due to accumulated dirt, dust, and ash build up.


Taking a load off the planet: Oxwash's green tech secures £2.08 million to accelerate laundry sector cleanup

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Putting a sustainable spin on laundry, Oxwash, the UK-based startup backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has raised £2.08m ($3M) in seed expansion investment, to clean up the traditional and environmentally-costly washing and dry cleaning sector with its space-age technology.

Events & Exhibitions

Cleantex Africa
16-18th October 2024
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Interclean China 2024
11-13th December 2024

ISSA Pulire 2025
27-29th May 2025
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