ECJ looks back on 20 years - Chris Duncan, Numatic

2nd of April 2013
ECJ looks back on 20 years - Chris Duncan, Numatic

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, Chris Duncan of Numatic.


In the very simplest of terms the last 20 plus years has seen the whole of the cleaning industry make a concerted effort to improve both the standard of cleaning and equally to address the real need to advance the efficiency of the process so as to counterbalance the increasing labour costs of outdated working practices which have been with us for years.

The professional vacuum cleaner is 10 times better than a broom and the substantial growth in the use of scrubber dryers has changed the approach to large area hard floor maintenance forever.

These are but two examples but great progress has been made in nearly every field of cleaning, all designed to raise the standards and awareness of professional cleaning.

Next on the agenda is energy conservation.  Just take the motor car industry for example.  Years ago we would never have talked about 60mpg, 70mpg, 90mpg but today it’s a reality, and the same applies to cleaning.  Improved design and efficiency can still save vast amounts of money and, in this respect, the industry can play its part in reducing its carbon footprint.

In 30 years we have learned how to do it better and now we need to concentrate on getting equal or better results without an energy penalty in the years to come.


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