ECJ looks back on 20 years - Ruediger Schroeder, Roots Multiclean

4th of April 2013
ECJ looks back on 20 years - Ruediger Schroeder, Roots Multiclean

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, Ruediger Schroeder of Roots Multiclean.


The cleaning industry has developed a really professional approach over the last 20 years. The FMC’s have increased the standards of cleaning and hygiene tremendously whereas the manufacturers of cleaning equipment have developed better, cheaper, more operator friendly and more ecofriendly machines. In addition the product offering has increased so much that for every job  a nearly perfect machine can be bought.

The most positive change has been the development from simple machine solutions to comprehensive systems operating with less energy, better cleaning results and more environmental awareness.

Cleaning is still very labour intensive - one  part of that is architects still don’t take the follow-up cost of cleaning into their design stages As expectations of cleanliness and hygiene standards are increasing this issue has to be addressed.

The cleaning machine industry will continue to be a mixture between worldwide operating companies and smaller entrepreneur driven regional ones. This will bring new innovative products and systems to the market with better features, less energy required and better operator comfort. However I also see robotics coming into the cleaning field in the next 20 years.


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