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announced for WFBSC
The keynote speakers for this year’s World
Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC)
Congress, which will take place in Berlin on 18 to
20 September have been announced.
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and IT
specialist Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be addressing
the world’s leading conference for the building
services sector on the subject of “Cleaning in a
digital world – Processes, people, technology”.
This year for the first time the WFBSC Congress
is being held concurrently with the international
cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 – Cleaning.
Management.Services. (19-22 September) in
Hall 7 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Berlin
EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources
since January 2017, Günther Oettinger was previously
responsible for the sector, Digital Economy and
Society, for the EU
Domscheit-Berg will focus on “Opportunities and risks
of digital interconnectedness”.
Sealed Air launches training initiative in India
Sealed Air has launched a skill development initiative, Garima
Diversey School of Hygiene India, a CSR program designed
to improve and standardise the skill sets for the cleaning
industry in India.
The initiative, derived from a Hindi word “Garima” meaning
dignity, enables employment, introduces a scientific approach
to the cleaning and hygiene profession, and enhances the
standards of the cleaning industry.
“There are two pressing challenges for the cleaning industry
lack of scientific approach to cleaning and lack of dignity
to cleaning,” Himanshu Jain, MD and VP, Sealed Air Indian
Subcontinent and South East Asia, said.
“Cleaning is still looked at as a menial job and something,
which does not need any kind of training. This is what we
are changing,” Jain said.
“Today no customer would like to visit a shopping centre
or eat in a restaurant, which is dirty. Despite this high
importance to cleaning in our minds, we still look at a cleaning
professional, just as a cleaner or janitor, not somebody
important in our lives.”
Speaking at the launch, Dr Ravikant Singh, president and
founder, Doctors For You, said the skill development and
employment generation program is one of the most impactful
programs run by the organisation.
“Garima is one of the very few initiatives focusing on
employment for all the trainees. Under the Garima project, we
have trained youth from the urban slums of Delhi, Mumbai
and Chennai as well as rural youth from the valleys of
Kashmir, to Bihar and Kokrajhar in Assam.”
Dr Singh said there are plans to expand the Garima project
further, by training 5000 youth in 2017.”
Spotless wins New Zealand schools contract
Spotless has been awarded a 25-year public-private partnership (PPP) contract, worth around NZ$200 million, to assist in the
design, construction and maintenance of five new schools across New Zealand.
The initiative includes three new primary schools in the North Island and the relocation of two high schools in the South Island.
Spotless will deliver facilities management services for the schools including asset management, grounds maintenance, pest control,
cleaning, security and utilities and waste management. The project’s construction phase is set to start in the coming months, with
the schools expected to open in 2019.
Singapore university develops
window cleaning robot
An robotic system that can clean
building exteriors using water
jets, or give new coats of paint,
has launched in Singapore.
Named OutoBot, the patent-
pending automation was co-
developed by ELID Technology
International and Nanyang
Singapore (NTU Singapore).
OutoBot comprises of a robotic
arm with six-degrees of freedom mounted on a specially designed automated
gondola and weighs under 500 kgs.
Powered by a conventional power outlet, the robot can scan the exterior
surface of a building using a camera and automatically plot the areas to
spray paint or clean while avoiding the windows. ELID Technology and
NTU Singapore said the OutoBot can speed up the cleaning process by
about 30 per cent, minimises waste and saves up to 50 per cent manpower
requirements. “With Singapore’s rapidly aging workforce, we need to
find ways to enable our employees to continue contributing despite their
advanced years,” Dennis Lim, managing director of ELID Technology
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