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Interclean Amsterdam kicks off with an array of awards

Following the official opening of Interclean Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Innovation Award jury selected the overall winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards 2022. Essity won the special award this year for its Tork Biobased Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth. “This is not only about product development, but about the company’s essential values – and product development is a direct result of those values,” the jury said. Alani’s Coreless Centre Pull Paper Towel (Hygiene & Health), Gausium Robotics’ Scrubber 50 Pro (Smart Technologies & Digitalisation), Arcora’s Pu-Pad Light (Workforce & Ergonomics), and Essity’s Tork Biobased Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth (Workforce & Ergonomics) are the category winners (Sustainability & Environment). Kärcher’s won the Visitors’ Choice Award for their BVL 5/1 BP.

“Essity has identified major objectives among customers: reduction of CO2 emissions, decrease of water usage, reduction of waste output, reduction of energy consumption, and use of certified products,” says Jury Chair Michelle Marshall. It uses a life cycle assessment approach to product creation and strives to reduce its carbon footprint. It also attempts to assist its customers in lowering their carbon footprint. Essity can back up all of its claims with independent certification, which is widely recognised and accepted. The technology employed in this Biobased cloth may now be used to broaden the range and deliver products in a variety of formats, allowing for greater flexibility. The reduced packaging allows for better handling, which is beneficial to the cleaning crew. The packaging’s environmental impact has also not been overlooked. It’s produced from 100% recycled fibres and polymers that are at least 30% recycled.”

Category nominees and winners:

Sustainability & Environment

Tork Biobased Heavy-Duty Cleaning Cloth from Essity is the category winner.

Essity hopes to reduce consumption, waste, pollution, and emissions by developing this new fabric. The fact that the packaging is constructed from 100% recycled fibres and plastics that are at least 30% recycled completes the customer’s sustainability picture.

Other nominees in this category

Maya Professional’s Eversea Multipurpose Cloth

Spectro’s Ecodos Dosage Bottle

Smart Technologies & Digitalisation

Scrubber 50 Pro by Gausium Robotics is the category winner.

The Scrubber 50 Pro is an excellent example of how robotic technology is evolving in the cleaning industry. It may be used in a variety of situations, including small and medium-sized rooms, and it can easily navigate barriers and even return to finish the task later. It also employs artificial intelligence to detect spills or stains and cleans them up automatically.

Other nominees in this category

Vileda Professional’s Swep EviSense

LionsBot’s R3Scrub

Workforce & Ergonomics

Arcora’s Pu-Pad Light won the category.

Cleaning floors is one of the most time-consuming duties for cleaning crews, and pads must be changed frequently while cleaning different surfaces. When operators are unclear about which pad to use, mishaps can occur. The Pu-Pad Light eliminates that ambiguity, as well as providing an ergonomic benefit to the operatives by eliminating the need to constantly bend down to change pads.

Other nominees in this category

Kärcher’s BVL 5/1 BP


Hygiene & Health

Alani’s Coreless Centre Pull Paper Towel won the category.

The judges decided that this was the product in this category with the greatest potential for impact. Then there’s its environmental credentials, which include the fact that it can absorb 10 times its own weight in water. Because it has no core, it produces less waste after use and assists cleaning crews by removing waste.

Other nominees in this category

Consensus’ EnozoPRO

Ar-Co Chimica’s Aladin GT5

Visitors’ Choice Award winner

On the Interclean website, colleagues and industry partners have been able to vote for their favourite invention in recent months. The Visitors’ Choice Award would go to the contender who received the most public votes. Kärcher’s BVL 5/1 BP will be granted the prize this year.

A special display at Interclean Amsterdam’s Innovation Lab showcases the nominated and winning goods, as well as additional background information on the innovation and the company behind it.

The members of the Amsterdam Innovation Awards Jury

  • Michelle Marshall, Chief Editor of European Cleaning Journal (Chair)
  • Antonio Borreda, Director of Revista Limpiezas Spain
  • Ronald Bruins, Chief Editor of Servicemanagement
  • Pierre Deschamps, Chief Editor of Batiment Entretien
  • Rob Geissler, Publisher of Sanitary Maintenance
  • Rob den Hertog, Special Advisor
  • Reinhard Knittler, Publisher of ReinigungsMarkt
  • Chiara Merlini, Chief Editor of Cleaning Community
  • RAI Amsterdam supports Amref Flying Doctors
  • The money from Interclean’s Amsterdam Innovation Award will go to Amref Flying Doctors to help their African operations.

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