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International News

Kimberly-Clark Professional names Ehab Abou-Oaf new president

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Ehab Abou-Oaf, currently managing director of Kimberly-Clark's Middle East & Africa business, has been named president, Kimberly-Clark Professional, effective 1st January, 2022. He will be responsible for the company’s business-to-business operations globally, reporting to Mike Hsu, chairman and chief executive officer.

Cleaning industry firm gives insight into business recovery from the pandemic

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It is well known that cleaning can sometimes be an under-appreciated industry, however when the pandemic hit, this service was even more fundamental to the functioning of all kinds of organisations. Businesses had to implement deep cleaning practices at high speed. Schools, shops and offices all introduced new cleaning measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep their services running.

ACI and Trades unveil new factsheet on role of enzymes in detergent products

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The American Cleaning Institute - in collaboration with International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products, Association of Manufacturers & Formulators of Enzyme Products, and the Household & Commercial Products Association - developed a factsheet on the role of enzymes in detergent products.

Form, function and social consciousness: how hand dryers are adapting to the needs of modern consumers

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Matt Anderson, founder and director of Velair, writes…

Hand dryers are changing.

To the casual observer, the industry’s physical innovations go without saying. The form factor of the hand dryer has seen considerable advances in recent years, with some manufacturers opting – for instance – for ‘hands in’ designs whereby the user’s hands are placed inside a cavity rather than hovering underneath a device.

Propelair’s water-saving toilet launch will help boost Middle East’s sustainability drive

Propelair, UK designer and manufacturer of what is claimed to be the world's lowest-water-flush toilet, has entered the Gulf market through a partnership with Dubai-based bathroom and kitchen solutions provider Aquaforce.

EFCI calls for more flexible approach to EC's minimum wage proposals

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The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry is calling for a more flexible approach to the European Commission's minimum wage proposals, presented in October 2020 and subsequently discussed by the European Parliament and the European Council.

Jangro ramps up sustainability with new product range

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, tells us it was excited to launch a brand new range of cleaning products at The Cleaning Show 2021, helping its customers to make more sustainable purchases and reduce their carbon footprint.

Truvox International launches new Multiwash Pro

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Truvox International is launching a new, redesigned range of its Multiwash scrubber dryers.

"Our Multiwash II has been the benchmark for scrubber dryers for many years, and we are delighted to be launching the new Multiwash Pro range," says Truvox International executive director, Gordon McVean.

Embracing the Future - Interclean Amsterdam

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Interclean returns 10th to 13th May 2022 full of innovations at a face-to-face event that will shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry for years to come. Following its remarkable success in 2018, Interclean Amsterdam finally returns to the Dutch capital in 2022 for another edition of the world's most advanced cleaning & hygiene show.

Robert Scott launches new Ecofibre range

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Robert Scott has expanded its sustainable cleaning range with the launch of Ecofibre - a new range of products made from recycled materials.

New partnership to develop waste plastic recycling and circular-fuel production facilities

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Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and UK green-tech company, Clean Planet Energy, have announced the formation of a joint venture partnership to develop Clean Planet Energy USA ecoPlants in key North American markets.

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My father told me many years ago that while my positivity was my greatest asset, it could sometimes be my biggest downfall. I hope I'm not going to cause upset here, but I've been thinking about the good that's come out of the pandemic - perhaps to help counter the doom and gloom, as well as the sheer misery some of us have suffered. I've written before about how lovely it's been - as someone living between two major airports, not to have planes constantly circling overhead, that the benefits of working from home have been enjoyed by those who found their previous commutes exhausting, and how people started helping one another, either via social media or charities, to ensure that everyone – particularly the vulnerable living alone, had everything they needed.

Also on the positive side, cleaning became recognised as a crucial service, with the general public finally realising that cleaners actually have something important to offer! Some contractors fared better than others during lockdown… ‘Work from home’ mandates changed cleaning contracts and schedules. Many businesses closed, meaning contracts were lost for good, while others had different needs that their contractors worked hard to fulfil. Manufacturers and janitorial suppliers were suddenly asked for different products and equipment and had to produce these with limited staff and an unreliable supply chain. I don’t think we did a bad job under the circumstances, do you?

Now, throughout a fair bit of the developed world, vaccine mandates are being brought in and although the focus in the UK has been on carers and hospital nursing teams and doctors, who have been told, “no jab, no job” I’ve known all along that those whose role it is to clean our care homes, medical centres and hospitals will also come under that mandate. Our industry is already crying out for people willing to become cleaners, yet, potentially, huge numbers may be about to leave their jobs because they won’t accept, or can’t physically commit to, a regime of ongoing vaccines. I wonder whether the downing of tools by those who’ve successfully kept our public spaces Covid-safe for us for coming up to two years now, will reiterate, (but from a different side of the coin) just how crucial they are to our wellbeing? Worrying times ahead for us, I feel…

With the festive season upon us, this is our last broadcast until 6th January 2022. I hope you have everything you need and that you can enjoy time with your loved ones.



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This Week's News

Biosciences company welcomes new 'Greenwashing' Code

* Biosciences-Dr-Emma-Saunders.jpgWith an increasing number of commercial and household cleaning products making misleading environmentally responsible claims, Genesis Biosciences has welcomed the Competition & Markets Authority's new 'Green Claims Code'.

The code gives guidance on what terminology companies can use when marketing products as 'green' and encourages thorough checks into eco-friendly claims. A further review into misleading claims both online and offline is due to begin in 2022 with a focus primarily on textiles and fashion, travel and transport, beauty products and cleaning products.

SoftBank publishes a study on the effects of air quality through the deployment of cobotics

* SoftBank-Robotics-and-Air-Quality.jpgGiven the ever-increasing focus on the quality of the air we breathe, especially heightened over the past two years, SoftBank commissioned a study to establish what effects the simple task of vacuuming has on airborne particulates.

Partnering with Infogrid - the smart building expert - utilising its air monitoring sensors, over 400,000 data points were taken in several sites, monitoring airborne particulates under normal activity and subsequently following the deployment of automated cobots.

Ice Cleaning delivers mould remediation services for London Museum Of Water and Steam

* Ice-Cleaning-London-Museum.jpgFollowing an extended period of closure due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, London Museum of Water and Steam appointed Ice Cleaning to provide a specialist mould remediation service to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and safety were achieved for returning visitors.

Based in South-West London, the popular tourist attraction is home to the world's largest collection of stationary steam pumping engines, with thousands of people visiting the museum each year to learn about the history of London's water supply.

Trades turn to digital tools as workloads keep rising

* Trades-digital-tools_Richard-Warley.jpgUK trades firms are investing more in technology to stay on top of costs and manage the increase in demand they predict going into 2022, according to a study by field service software provider BigChange and independent research consultancy Opinium.

The study shows that 85% of firms expect to be busier over the next 12 months, and nearly one-in-five (17%) anticipate that workloads will at least double. Expectations of growth are highest among building maintenance, facilities management, cleaning and waste management firms. At least 88% of business leaders surveyed from these sectors said they expected workloads to increase going into 2022.

ISSA Show North America 2021 celebrates successful in-person gathering

* ISSA-North-America-2021.jpgISSA Show North America 2021 welcomed 10,022 registered cleaning-industry professionals to the newly renovated and GBAC STAR-accredited Las Vegas Convention Centre.

The return of the in-person show to what many say is the convention capital of the world, reaffirmed the industry's commitment to hosting safe events and delivering innovative solutions that support cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention around the world.

ECoserv Group scoops Green Award

* ECOSERV-GREEN-AWARD.jpgEcoserv Group, the multi-discipline facilities management company, has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability at the Green Apple Awards 2021.

The company was a bronze winner for environmental best practise at a presentation ceremony in London, which celebrated the greenest individuals, companies, councils and communities within the UK.

Brain Corp's European robotic cleaning fleet reaches landmark 500 million sq.ft covered autonomously in 2021

* Brain-Corp-500.jpgBrain Corp has announced that its BrainOS-powered fleet of autonomous mobile robots has hit a new milestone of 500 million sq.ft covered (46.45 million sq.m) autonomously in Europe during 2021.

Coming off the back of significant year-on-year growth, Brain Corp has seen momentum build throughout 2021 with the company recording 226% growth in floor area covered autonomously between April and October, 2021 alone. While increases in robot deployments were seen across all industry sectors, the most significant growth came within retail outlets, shopping malls and logistics facilities.

Poppies celebrates ranking in 100 best UK franchises

* Poppies-Chris-Wootton.jpgDomestic cleaning franchise, Poppies, is celebrating after being named one of the best franchises in the UK.

Ineos Hygienics appoints Zyrofisher to introduce new sport brand into UK & Ireland

* Sport2.jpgIneos Hygienics has announced a new partnership with ZyroFisher to distribute its new Ineos Sport professional hand and equipment sanitiser spray range into the UK & Ireland.

The new range has been co-developed with elite sports teams to help prevent the spread of infection amongst athletes, while keeping performance front of mind and reducing lost training days. Thought to be the first of its kind range - designed by sports people, for sport – it offers a specialist fast drying, non-slip formula that leaves hands and equipment protected and ready for action.

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Recent UK News

Chloe the robot joins Sodexo cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital

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Sodexo's cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, has a new recruit of the robot variety who has been named Chloe by young patients on the children's ward.

New appointment at Rainbow sees 30 years of technical experience return to the team

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Rainbow International’s Technical Manager Ron Rookledge has returned to the business after a brief hiatus – bringing back a wealth of experience and knowledge, bolstering Rainbow’s technical offering.

Genesis Biosciences sweeps the board at Cardiff Business Awards

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Genesis Biosciences is celebrating after triumphing at this year's Cardiff Business Awards, winning two award categories as well as the coveted Cardiff Business of the Year.

BCC calls for industry APPG to urgently make progress on key issues... Crisis meeting called to discuss next steps...

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The British Cleaning Council has urgently called on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning & hygiene industry to drive progress on key issues affecting the sector.

Taking a proactive approach to virus sanitisation this festive season

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As the busy festive season fast approaches, and with cases of Covid-19 continuing to spread across the UK, it is more important than ever for those in the hospitality industry to ensure their premises adequately mitigate the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Christeyns Food Hygiene wins Company of the Year Award at the SOFHT Awards 2021

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Hygiene specialist Christeyns Food Hygiene has won the Company of the Year Award at the Society of Food & Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Awards held last week in London.

Ladder Association embarks on Ladder Surveillance Survey to root out dangerous ladders

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The Ladder Association, in partnership with Trading Standards departments across the East of England, is getting ready to undertake a significant Ladder Surveillance Survey.

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