The Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association have appointed Mike Bresnihan as their new Technical Committee Chair.
Mike, currently Chief Operating Officer at Cleanfix UK, has over 20 years of experience in various operational roles across a range of industries including IT, Retail, Finance, Distribution, Engineering and Manufacturing and a strong track record of delivering key strategic and operational objectives for blue chip clients.
Mike said of his appointment
“I am passionate about all things operational and have a keen interest in robotics, innovation and the use of technology as a means to enhance the customer experience whilst driving profitability and productivity. These areas relevant to the cleaning industry as a whole and particularly to ICMMA members’. I am very happy to be able to help lead activities in these areas.”
Hazel Langley, ICMMA’s Secretariat, said of Mike’s appointment
“Mike’s interests, experience and proven ability to shape organisational strategy, rapidly understand business objectives, interpret technical requirements and demonstrate strong leadership capability are key to the current and future activities of ICMMA and we very much welcome his appointment as Chair.”
ICMMA’s Technical Committee is non-partisan and is constituted of Full and Associate Members with an interest in protecting and shaping policy and standards in order to encapsulate their collective interests as manufacturers. Anyone wishing to find out more about ICMMA, the Technical Committee or how they can be involved can contact Hazel through Twitter @ICMMAMembers, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.cleaningmachines.org website.
Andrew Dunning, UK Distribution Manager for Numatic International has been appointed by ISSA as ICMMA’s British Cleaning Council (BCC) representative to fill the role recently vacated by Kevin Day, UK and Eire Country Manager for Fimap Spa. Andrew will take up the role with effect from the next meeting taking place at the end of September 2016.
On behalf of everyone who has been involved with ICMMA, we would like to thank Kevin Day for fulfilling the role of BCC and BCC(E) Representative for ICMMA and for reliably and regularly attending meetings at his own company’s time and expense and reporting back.
Speaking about the appointment Dianna Steinbach, ISSA’s Director for EMEA said “Andrew’s skill set, cleaning industry knowledge and long standing relationships make him a great fit to fill Kevin Day’s shoes as the BCC representative. Andrew will serve ICMMA’s members interests well, ensuring that ICMMA’s stake in the Council is well positioned to generate and respond to opportunities that membership of the BCC presents.”
Andrew said “I am very much looking forward to returning to the BCC, working with long standing associates and making new ones to represent and encapsulate ICMMA’s members’ interests in collaboration with the wider cleaning industry.”
The British Cleaning Council (BCC) has produced a summary report into the state of the UK Cleaning Industry. The research collates the latest available information and research findings from the Labour Force Survey and Office of National Statistics data, and is available from the BCC at a charge to non members. The UK data will be aggregated with information from other European countries as part of a European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) publication, available at a later date.
The report summarises data under the SIC 81.2 Cleaning Activities, based on information available for 2014 and details turnover, employment, labour market, qualifications and the top 10 market leaders.
As a member of the BCC, ICMMA has been able to share headline findings with its members.
To purchase a copy of the report please contact Pat Wherton, BCC Secretariat.
ICMMA have written to DECC to outline concerns about the Energy Labelling review, particularly regarding the limited number of products that will have an entry of compliance in the newly built transparency platform following market surveillance. A positive compliance check can be utilised as a marketing tool by tested manufacturers leading to distortion of competition against manufacturers/products that have not been tested by market surveillance.
At the ICMMA Technical Committee in February it was confirmed to members that the first opportunity to progress the work on standardisation for robotic cleaning machinery would be through the tabling of a proposal at the IEC SC 61J meeting taking place in Copenhagen next week. We are grateful to Chara Freed, Head of Standardisation and Compliance at Nilfisk, for representing ICMMA and ensuring that this subject matter was placed on the agenda. We look forward to a de-brief after the meeting and are hopeful that ICMMA members will be in a position to set up an ad-hoc working group with the purpose of putting together a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP).
Should the NWIP be accepted then ICMMA members could be involved in reviewing the draft and whilst the timeline pans out, come together to draft their own guidance and standards that can be endorsed and shared across the industry thus ensuring that their interests are encapsulated.
Kevin Webb, Chair of the ICMMA Technical Committee, will take a lead on organising a UK meeting as soon as papers from the IEC SC 61J are received. A conversation with the ISO/TC 299 Robots and Robotic Devices committee has not taken place but will do once the outcome of next week’s meeting is known.
Nicola Flores, FIMAP Project Manager leading on FLOBOT, presents ‘Robotic developments to meet facility needs’ with Gabriele Cesari, Director at Manutencoop.
FIMAP were invited at ISSA/INTERCLEAN as guest speakers for 2 sessions about the new Robot project FLOBOT. Nicola Flores, Project Manager, also led an informal meeting about the future of robotics in the cleaning industry to RAI Young Cleaning Professionals.
Robert Stelling, Product Manager at RAI said ‘Nicola spoke about the FLOBOT project and led discussion around robotics and their future in the industry with the Young Cleaning Professionals.’
‘The aim of the session was to give the young professionals opportunities to expand their professional horizon and learn directly from the players in the market who can set innovation and pave the way for future trends.’
The Flobot project aims to create an autonomous, robotized, professional scrubber dryer. The project is supported by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Programme (H2020-ICT-2014-1, Grant agreement no: 645376). For this purpose a consortium was created, involving not only universities and research centres but also end users and facility service companies.
Well done to Cleanfix. The Interclean Innovation Award jury voted their Robot RA 660 NAVI winner of the Machines, Accessories and Components Category. The jury applauded the company’s close working with users over many years to develop a machine that is now widely in use across Europe. The jury were also particularly impressed with its navigation system, which uses laser, and its efficiency in mapping rooms, putting in place virtual walls, ease of use for the operator and its ability to clean the narrowest of corners.
The Cleanfix RA 660 NAVI winner of the Machines, Accessories and Components Category of the Innovation Award.
Congratulations also to Kärcher, who in addition to nominations in both the ‘Machines, Accessories and Components’ Category and the ‘Management, Training Solutions and Related Products’ Category were successful in securing the Visitors Choice Award for the industry’s first walk-forward carpet cleaning machine – the BRC 40/22 C.
ISSA is investigating pulling together annual reports into commercial flooring trends in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Although in the early stages it is envisaged that the flooring trend report will include base data for certain types of flooring in various commercial spaces, growth by flooring/facility type etc. For example: “30% of vinyl floors are installed in health care facilities, but the trend is that these facilities are going to polished concrete,”
ISSA EMEA is investigating what it would require to gather similar data for the UK and other nearby countries and is working with ICMMA members to determine the scope of what is reasonable to collect in this region and will report back to members in late 2016 on its progress.
ICMMA have responded to the HSE’s call to trade associations to support the delivery of the new #HelpingGBWorkWell strategy.
At the HSE’s Cleaning Industry Liaison Forum (CILF) ICMMA’s representative, Hazel Langley, tabled a discussion document aimed at promoting collaboration between the HSE and the cleaning industry.
Hazel said ‘the HSE have given a lot of thought to and consulted widely in the development of the new strategy. They are looking to us, as a group of industry experts and representatives, to put forward our ideas for bringing the strategy to life. In my opinion this represents a great opportunity for us to extend our thinking beyond cleaning companies and our employees and consider the wider, positive impact that the delivery of our services has on the health and wellbeing of the general public, customers and client’s employees.’
The six themes within the strategy are:
Hazel added ‘I am confident that our ICMMA manufacturer and associate members can demonstrate forward thinking and action that supports each of the HSE’s six strategy themes. I am sure that other parts of the industry could also retrospectively shoe-horn activities under one of the headings too. However, in order to truly take the Health and Safety agenda forward this represents an opportunity to work alongside the HSE to creatively demonstrate the industry’s wider value and that takes leadership, collaboration and action.’
Through its participation in the HSE’s Construction Dust Partnership, ICMMA has become involved in a campaign to prevent asbestos and silica dust exposure. The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health are looking for businesses to pledge support for their ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign to take action to avoid the human toll and premature and unnecessary loss of skilled and experienced people from our workforce due to work-related cancers.
By joining the growing number of businesses already signed up ICMMA members will be supporting the campaign.
More information on the campaign can be found here.
Click on the No Time to Lose image to hear Dr. Lesley Rushton on work-related cancer in the UK, meet some of the people affected by carcinogenic exposures, and find out what IOSH is calling for as part of the No Time to Lose campaign.
Sign your company up here.