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Vermop wins Amsterdam Innovation Award at ISSA/INTERCLEAN8th of May 2012
The Mag system from Vermop was declared the best innovation for the cleaning industry when it was declared the winner of the Amsterdam Innovation Award at today's opening ceremony for ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2012 in the Netherlands.
It was chosen to be awarded the overall prize from the three category winners - the other two were Kärcher and Alpheios.
The results of this year's competition were announced at a gala ceremony hosted by Dutch television celebrity Pernille La Lau. Chairman of the judges Michelle Marshall, editor of European Cleaning Journal, revealed the winners. Keynote speaker was Prof Dr Michael Braungart, pioneer of the Cradle to Cradle concept. Read more about his speech in tomorrow's ECJ daily newsletter.
Vermop's Mag System represents a new way of attaching mop covers to the holder. Mag stands for magnetic, and that's how it works. The system uses magnetism to facilitate attachment of the mop. In addition the traditional mop holder has been done away with in this system - instead the mop comes with a flexible interior piece which gives it stability in use. The Mag holder can also accommodate a number of different mops which means various types can be used as needed, with the same handle and holder.
Michelle Marshall explained: "The judges decided that Vermop's Mag system was the overall winner because it brings an entirely new way of attaching mop covers to the mop holder. In an industry that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it was felt the Mag system represents what appears to be a fairly simple step forward for an everyday tool. However this is actually a well executed and ingenious design that has the potential to make a truly significant difference to a tool used so widely in the industry.
"Its ease of use, hygienic touch-free operation, flexibility, intuitiveness and ergonomy all impressed the panel. And the fact the Mag holder can be used with different mop types makes it a practical solution for today's result-oriented cleaning operations - the best mop for each job in a practical and trouble-free way."
Winner in the category Machines, Accessories and Components was Kärcher for its B 80 W scrubber dryer. This features the Intelligent Key operating system that enables every user to set up an individual profile. Alpheios won the Cleaning Management and Training Solutions category prize for its Infection Prevention Monitor (IPM), which provides healthcare institutions with an overview of how they are dealing with protocols for infection prevention.
For more detailed news about the winners see the June/July edition of ECJ. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for your copy.