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Nilfisk-Advance working on product standardisation to reduce costs substantially

In order to substantially reduce its manufacturing costs, Nilfisk-Advance has embarked on a program of design standardisation across product series and component sharing, thus simplifying user interface. This ‘platform design’ initiative was announced in the company’s first quarter 2011 financial results. Nilfisk-Advance reported first quarter 2011 organic growth of 5%…

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Spotless and Blackstone

Private equity company makes takeover overture for Spotless

Spotless Group reported to the Australian Stock Exchange on 9 May that it had ‘received an indicative, non-binding and conditional proposal from a private equity firm to acquire 100% of the shares of Spotless via a scheme of arrangement at an indicative price of $2.50 in cash per share. ‘The…

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IFMA research, INCLEAN July 2011 issue

IFMA research emphasises FM’s contribution to building occupants’ health

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) has released its 2011 research report ‘Facility Management Forecast – Exploring the Current Trends and Future Outlook for Facility Management’. The report, issued early May, observes that globally, the facility management profession continues to mature and evolve. Facility managers today are expected to understand…

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Zero tolerance to HAIs at Macquarie reports INCLEAN

Macquarie University Hospital a fine teacher

Macquarie University Hospital’s zero-tolerance approach to infection control is supported by rigorous housekeeper training and a serious investment in the appropriate equipment and tools. Following a visit to this Sydney healthcare site, INCLEAN editor Alan Hardcastle asks the obvious question, ‘is this Australia’s cleanest and most hygienic hospital?’ Opened mid-2010…

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Pulire Italy 2009

Cost benefits not a key driver in renting/leasing equipment

An April 2011 online survey asked US building service contractors (BSCs) if they have ever considered renting or leasing janitorial equipment such as carpet extractors and floor machines. The survey was sponsored by Powr-Flite, a manufacturer of professional cleaning tools and equipment and part of the Tacony group. It was…

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May/June INCLEAN magazine printed

May/June INCLEAN magazine’s comprehensive healthcare hygiene content

The May/June INCLEAN magazine has been printed and will be mailed this week. A bumper 104-page issue, it contains the annual Healthcare focus as well as coverage of NUCCRA’s Cleanlink conference and a number of industrial relations’ features. Content includes: *United Voice’s campaign in shopping centres *Cleaning Council WA’s official…

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New Delhi metallo superbug prompts screening suggestions

Patient screening mooted in fight against superbug NDM-1

Australian hospitals should start screening patients for a deadly new superbug NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo) that could lead the world into a post-antibiotic era, according to 25 April media reports including that posted on www.watoday.com.au. In fact, if screening does take place it would only bring Australia into line with…

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XRF carpet cleaning test validated

XRF carpet cleaning test validated

A peer-reviewed research paper validating the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI)’s X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) carpet cleaning test protocol has been published in the March-April edition of AATCC Review, the official journal of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. Titled, “X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy Method Development for Quantitative Evaluation of…

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CleanMaster now marketed as U.S. Products

CleanMaster now marketed as U.S. Products

CleanMaster equipment will now be marketed under the U.S. Products brand name. CleanMaster, which has had a long and respected history in the carpet cleaning industry, manufactures specialised equipment designed to clean escalators; five different portable carpet extractors; a self-contained truckmount carpet cleaning system; rotary machines to clean hard-surface floors;…

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