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ECJ looks back on 20 years - Ralf-Henrik Steinkühler, Hako27th of March 2013
ECJ celebrates its 20th birthday this month. To celebrate our birthday we look back at the key trends affecting the industry over the last 20 years, with the help of some of the best-known names in the industry. Today, Ralf-Henrik Steinkühler of Hako.
Building managers continuously put contractors under pressure to try and reduce building cleaning costs, resulting in shortened cleaning hours to save labour costs.
The share of outsourcing in professional cleaning has increased. More than 65 per cent of building cleaning is contracted to service providers in Europe.
One positive development is that more and more machines are used to increase quality and efficiency.
What is required today is finding economical solutions without sacrificing quality: which machine requires little set-up time and provides long running time? How can I save costs and protect the environment at the same time by saving water, energy, detergents and parts?
Innovative concepts and modern machines (for example small ride-on machines) ensure an increased economic efficiency and are environmentally-friendly.
However some building owners have focused on reducing costs to such an extent that they have neglected the idea of high quality cleaning.
I would like to see professionalism increase in order to further promote the concept of sustainability instead of short-term cost-optimisation.