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ECJ looks back on 20 years - Michele Redi, IPC Ready System3rd of April 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, Michele Redi of IPC Ready System.
In my opinion the cleaning industry has changed a great deal but these changes have been mainly in design of the different products, technology applied especially on the machines, approach to customers, certification and regulation rather than true revolutions. In the equipment sector we have seen the introduction of many novelties (such as microfibre, plastic trolleys instead of metal ones, etc ).
Now I would say the trend is to produce items with a good design and reduced manufacturing costs in order to be price competitive in the market. Quality and service are of course musts.
There is now more attention to hygiene in general, with user-friendly machines and tools, less chemical used and less waste in the environment.
The cleaning world is basically a small one where everyone knows each other. If you left this world 10 years ago and came back today you would probably meet the same people, maybe in a different position. But we should be able to do things more quickly, we cannot have a proper revolution in the sector because of many reasons which vary from country to country.
We now often have to cope with spending cuts which inhibit growth. But at the same time the cleaning world is still in good health despite the adverse economic situation worldwide.