Europe’s demographic conundrum

24th of August 2023
Europe’s demographic conundrum

A demographic time bomb is ticking down across Europe. Longer life expectancy and falling birth rates are projected to cause widespread labour shortages in the not too distant future, with dire outcomes for the region’s economies, reports Hartley Milner.

THRUST DEFIANTLY skywards, a protester’s placard evokes a bloody episode from

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The science of odour - part 2

23rd of August 2023
The science of odour - part 2

Odour plays an important role in the cleaning products industry. Fragrances can be added to products to elicit specific associations and emotions, or to mask a malodour. Specific technologies have been designed to battle malodours such as tobacco and pet odours. Lieke van Genderen at Olfasense tells us more in the second of a two-part report

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Robotics - time for real industry change

21st of August 2023
Robotics - time for real industry change

Labour shortages on the one hand, high pressure on costs and margins on the other. Faced with a wide range of challenges, the commercial cleaning industry needs new innovative approaches. One solution is the deployment of robots in a holistic cobotic system solution says autonomous vacuum cleaner specialist Dr Henning Hayn, general manager of

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The robot co-operative

17th of August 2023
The robot co-operative

How happy are cleaning staff about using robot assistants? ECJ looks at the human-robot relationship and asks manufacturers and cleaning companies how they can help to improve it.

THE ROBOTS ARE COMING. And human cleaners are increasingly having to learn to work alongside them. But do they appreciate the labour-saving potential that cleaning

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Attitudes to hand hygiene - changing behaviour

7th of June 2023
Attitudes to hand hygiene - changing behaviour

Hand hygiene specialist Dettol Pro Solutions has provided solutions at many large-scale events since the pandemic. Having observed consumer behaviour, it has now made use of behaviourial science in encouraging people to follow hand hygiene protocols. Dr Lisa Ackerley writes for ECJ.

Dettol Pro Solutions is the B2B arm of consumer hygiene brand

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Floor polishing made easy

5th of June 2023
Floor polishing made easy

How do companies ensure that their floor polishing systems are intuitive and user-friendly for the operator? ECJ looks at the importance of ergonomics in floor polishing compared with other purchasing considerations.

Polishing a floor should be cost-effective. It should also ideally be carried out sustainably. And it should ensure a high quality

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