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The keynote speakers for this year’s World Federation of
Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) Congress, which
will take place in Berlin on 18 to 20 September have
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger and IT specialist
Daniel Domscheit-Berg will be addressing the world’s
leading conference for the building services sector on
the subject of “Cleaning in a digital world – Processes,
This year for the first time the WFBSC Congress is
being held concurrently with the international cleaning
trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 – Cleaning. Management.
Services. (19-22 September) in Hall 7 on the Berlin
Exhibition Grounds, Berlin ExpoCenter City.
EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources
since January 2017, Günther Oettinger was previously
responsible for the sector, Digital Economy and Society,
for the EU and, as a leading EU politician, he is
closely involved in the subject of digitalisation. Daniel
Domscheit-Berg will focus on “Opportunities and risks
of digital interconnectedness”.
Tennant to acquire IPC Group
Tennant Company has signed a definitive agreement with private
equity fund Ambienta to acquire IPC Group for an estimated
$350 million (€330 million) – making it the largest acquisition by
Tennant in its history.
IPC Group is a privately held designer and manufacturer of
commercial cleaning solutions based in Italy.
More than 80 per cent of IPC Group’s business is concentrated
in Europe, with the remaining percentage split evenly between
the Americas and the Asia Pacific regions.
Chris Killingstad, Tennant Company president and CEO, said
acquiring IPC Group was a strategic move that aligns with its
“IPC Group significantly increases our presence and market
share in Europe, and more than doubles Tennant’s current EMEA
business. We will gain the scale to accelerate both Tennant’s
and IPC Group’s growth, and better leverage our cost structure
in EMEA. Importantly, our businesses are highly complementary
and differentiated in our geographies, products and go-to-market
approach,” Killingstad said.
IPC Group produces small- to mid-sized commercial cleaning
machines and equipment, including floor sweepers and
scrubbers, vacuum cleaners, high-pressure washers, and related
aftermarket parts and services.
IPC Group also expands Tennant’s product portfolio to cleaning
tools and supplies, such as multi-purpose cleaning trolleys,
window-washing systems, antibacterial microfiber mops and
cloths, and a wide array of consumables.
IPC Group sells its products under the brand names IPC, IPC
Foma, IPC Eagle, IPC Gansow, ICA, Vaclensa, Portotecnica, Sirio
and Soteco, Readysystem, Euromop, and Pulex.
Kärcher opens first showroom in Saudi Arabia
Kärcher has opened its first showroom in Saudi Arabia in co-ordination with dealer, the Ebrahim A. Juffali and Brothers Technical
Equipment Company (JTECO).
Located on Madinah Road in Jeddah, the opening of the showroom marks the 19 year anniversary of JTECO’s exclusive
representation of Kärcher cleaning equipment in Saudi Arabia. Kärcher CEO and chairman Hartmut Jenner, said: “The opening of such
a prestigious establishment will significantly boost sales for many years to come.”
“Partnering with Juffali Group in serving the Saudi market embodies Kärcher’s goal to get closer than ever to our wide individual and
institutional customer base, to communicate with them and provide them with advice on the most suitable equipment to cater to their
Singapore university develops
window cleaning robot
An innovative robotic system that can clean building exteriors using water jets or
give new coats of paint has launched in Singapore.
Named OutoBot, the patent-pending automation was co-developed by ELID
Technology International and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
OutoBot comprises of a robotic ar m with six-degrees of freedom mounted on
a specially designed automated gondola and weighs under 500 kilogrammes.
Powered by a conventional power outlet, the robot can scan the exterior
surface of a building using a camera and automatically plot the areas to spray
paint or clean while avoiding the windows. It also gives a more consistent coat
of paint as compared to the manual methods.
Apart from saving up to 50 per cent manpower requirements, it can speed up both the
cleaning and painting process by about 30 per cent since it does not need a break. The
automated system also minimises wastage, saving up to 20 per cent of paint.
Managing Director of ELID Technology International, Dennis Lim, said it would tackle
productivity issues for painting buildings in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.
“With Singapore’s rapidly aging workforce, we need to find ways to enable our
employees to continue contributing despite their advanced years,” Lim explained.
ELID, together with NTU’s innovation and enterprise arm NTUitive, are now in
talks with other companies as well as government agencies to deploy the robot at
other suitable commercial and residential properties.
www.ntu.edu.sg | www.elid.net
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