The Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association (ICMMA) appoints new Secretariat

Mainz, DE – 13 September 2018 – ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, is delighted to announce additional support for the UK Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association (ICMMA).

Rob Shaw and Rachel Eastop of Rob Shaw Associates will provide secretary support from now on, taking over from Hazel Langley. Rob has more than 14 years of experience providing scientific expertise on falls prevention to the UK regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as well as commercial consultancy and training in the UK and overseas. Rachel has a strong professional background and proven track record of excelling in marketing and project management positions. Regina Henrich, ISSA European Manager, says, “Thanks so much to Hazel Langley for her dedication! She has always acknowledged the needs and concerns of all and promoted a positive, encouraging working environment. I’m also looking forward to working with Rob and Rachel now. Both will be a strong asset to the company, supporting and bringing out the best in the ICMMA team.”

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New ICMMA Secretariat – Rachel Eastop and Rob Shaw

On stepping down from the role Hazel Langley said, “My involvement with ICMMA began in 2014 at a point when ICMMA’s membership had dwindled after a period of inactivity. With the support, commitment and funding of The Building Futures Group, along with the tenacity of Kevin Webb and Andrew Dunning of Numatic International, the ICMMA group was resurrected. New strategic collaborations and the incorporation of the robotics agenda meant the group has since become reinvigorated with new members and direction.”

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Outgoing Secretariat – Hazel Langley

In 2016 the responsibility for oversight of ICMMA transitioned to the ISSA, a move that assured the group’s continuity and since then the UK’s Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association has operated as a special interest group of ISSA.

Now, in order to progress the member’s objectives, additional Secretariat support has been sourced. Hazel adds, “I am delighted that the running and progression of ICMMA can be future-proofed by the appointment of Rob Shaw and Rachel Eastop. Their collective knowledge, skills, experience and contacts are so perfectly aligned to the group’s members objectives. They are well positioned to deliver on the current and future tasks required to continue to drive supply chain innovation to the cleaning industry.”

Speaking about their new appointment Rob said, Rachel and I are really excited about taking the ICMMA group forward and having already met with some of the members and listened to their agenda already are forming ideas to add value.”

The change in Secretariat was announced at the ICMMA Members Commercial and Technical Meeting which took place at Diversey on Wednesday, 5th September, in Northampton.

Taking the guesswork out of Estimation

Here at the Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association (ICMMA) we know that for our customers no two buildings are alike. No single cleaning method fits every situation. Cleaning estimating and work loading provides strategies and solutions for all cleaning professionals.

Our colleagues at the ISSA conducted a number of round-tables with commercial cleaning companies that indicated that this was a key area of training need.  So we are delighted to present a management course that looks at all the defined systems of costing for contracts. The course considers organisational structures, disciplines and benefits of each system, as well as how to motivate staff to increase performance,  quality walking surfaces and more.

All for just £475 for ISSA members or your customers registering before the 15th August, 2017. They can Register now

When:  21st September, 2017 Where:  Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Halifax Avenue, Fradley Park, Lichfield, WS13 8SS, UK

Here’s what you will learn:

Overview of all industry cleaning systems

How to reduce cost and increase quality

How to survive budget cuts

Work loading and labour efficiencies

Productivity rates and cleaning times

How to reduce turnover

Change management strategies

How to work load any facility

Don’t let your customers miss out on this invaluable workshop!  Please share so that they can Register Today.

Mike Bresnihan, Cleanfix UK, appointed at Chair of ICMMA’s Technical Committee

The Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers Association have appointed Mike Bresnihan as their new Technical Committee Chair.

Mike Bresnihan

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 or via website.

ISSA appoints new ICMMA Representative to the British Cleaning Council

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.


Andrew Dunning

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.”

British Cleaning Council publish cleaning industry data


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.



Distortion concerns flagged over Energy Labelling Framework review

DECC Logo ClearICMMA 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.

All eyes and ears on Copenhagen for next steps on standardisation for robotic cleaning machinery

StandardsAt 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.

Fimap leads Young Cleaning Professionals Seminar at Interclean

Nicola at ISSANicola 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.

Member’s Innovation Award successes at Interclean

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.

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.

Karcher BRC 40 22 C

ISSA’s Flooring Trends Report

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.

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