Innovation Award judges announced

BSCAA NSW president Debbie Delimitros, FM Contract Solutions CEO Brian Clark and INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit are the judges for this year’s INCLEAN Innovation Awards.

BSCAA NSW president Debbie Delimitros; FM Contract Solutions CEO Brian Clark and INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit have been announced as the judges of this year’s INCLEAN Innovation Awards.

Held in collaboration with this year’s ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo 2018, the INCLEAN Innovation Awards encourage the achievements of those demonstrating quality and excellence within their respective markets while clearly defining application benefits for end-users.

Debbie Delimitros has served as president of the BSCAA NSW branch since 2017 and is also general manager of Eternal Cleaning Services.

Delimitros said she is looking forward to seeing new machinery and equipment that will not only make the cleaner’s job easier but will also improve hygiene standards and form a cost savings to the end user.

“I am also looking forward to seeing some environmentally sustainable solutions to cleaning methods that will help reduce our carbon footprint and software solutions that will help contractors with the day to day running of their businesses.”

Brian Clark is a specialist consultant in cleaning procedures, cleaning specifications, equipment and chemical selection, training, tender evaluations, scope development, contract performance management and cleaning audit systems.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in senior management and technical roles in the chemical, equipment and laundry industries and has extensive technical knowledge and insight into cleaning, cleaning equipment, auditing and laundry practices gained from industry experience in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and USA.

Clark said he sees revolutionary design as a key factor in innovation.

“I would like to see products and systems that provide real innovation in engineering design and engineering quality that address specific needs of end users and that will improve safety, productivity, cleaning outcomes, sustainability and/or reduce operational costs,” he said.

“I have seen some real innovation in my time in the industry and much of it has come from Australian companies that have designed, formulated or imported products that have redefined the way we clean and the way we assess cleaning.

“Innovation can also be evolutionary. Evolutionary changes provide either incremental or significant improvements to existing designs, products, systems and/or methodologies that provide significant benefits to end-users.  An evolutionary product is not an imitation of an existing product or design, nor is it a cosmetic change to colour, shape or label.  What I look for are changes to design and/or approach that provide value added benefits over existing products or traditional approaches to addressing customer needs and solving customer problems.”

Claire Hibbit is the editor of INCLEAN Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining INCLEAN she was the editor of FMCG trade publication, C&I Retailing and was a previously online editor and journalist of Inside FMCG and Inside Retail respectively.

“We had a record number of entries for last year’s awards which was a testament to the innovation and investment taking place locally in Australia and I’m looking forward to see what is in store this year.”

Finalists for the INCLEAN Innovation Awards will have the chance to display their nominated product at the INCLEAN Innovation Zone at the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo.

The winners of the INCLEAN Innovation Awards will be presented on the show floor following the first day of the Expo.

The ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo is on Wednesday, 29 August – Thursday, 30 August at the ICC Sydney. The event is free to attend. To register or for more information visit: https://issacleaninghygieneexpo.com/ 

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