INCLEAN NZ’s most read stories of 2018

INCLEAN NZ's top 10 news stories from 2018 revealed.

2018 has been year of consolidation for New Zealand’s commercial cleaning sector.

INCLEAN reported on several major acquisitions within the industry including OfficeMax’s purchase of Wellington-based Waiwhetu Distributors and the sale of Glomesh NZ to Filta Cleaning Products.

In July, the Commerce Commission also approved the purchase of Winc NZ by TSPV1 Limited (a subsidiary of the Tiri Group Limited).

Key leadership changes included our top news story for the year, the appointment of Kristie Coade as CEO of cleaning service provider, AMC Commercial Cleaning.

The Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ) welcomed Sarah McBride as its new chief in March, and training organisation Careerforce appointed Jane Wenman to the role of CEO, following the departure of long serving chief Ray Lind in November.

New Zealand’s only dedicated trade event for the cleaning and hygiene industries, CleanNZ Expo, took place this year in May, where more than 50 exhibitors showcased the latest products and services available in the local market.

Innovation continued throughout the year. OCS introduced chemical-free cleaning technology at Victoria University of Wellington and we launched our new and improved website.

Just outside the top 10 included our coverage on R&J Batteries’ entry to the NZ market and our report on Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway’s going ‘undercover’ as a cleaner ahead of the NZ-founded social initiative, Thank Your Cleaner Day, which also receiving more global attention this year.

Here’s the top 10 stories of 2018:

1. AMC Commercial Cleaning appoints CEO

Cleaning service provider AMC Commercial Cleaning announced the appointment of its new CEO Kristie Coade, at a three-day conference AMC hosted in Melbourne as part of its 30 year anniversary celebrations.

2. Waikato company and director fined $37,500 for underpaying staff

Waikato company Jagran Property Services and its sole director were ordered to pay $37,500 by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) for underpaying six staff more than $17,300.

3. OfficeMax acquires Waiwhetu Distributors

OfficeMax New Zealand acquired Waiwhetu Distributors early in the year. OfficeMax New Zealand MD, Kevin Obern, said the company’s inclusion into the OfficeMax fold “made perfect business sense and would offer a real benefit to customers”.

4. OCS introduces chemical free cleaning

In January, OCS implemented a chemical free cleaning technology that uses tap water and ozone in its cleaning regimes. The technology was used by OCS staff at Victoria University of Wellington and the Wellington-based Transpower head office.

5. Four common cleaning challenges and how to solve them

Virtual Manager ‘s managing director Anil Patel shared his top four challenges facing cleaning operators, despite, and why the cleaning industry should adapt and embrace digital solutions being provided.

6. BSCNZ appoints new CEO

The Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ) appointed former Tork executive Sarah McBride as the association’s new CEO in March this year. McBride had been in the hygiene industry for the three years with Tork Professional Hygiene.

7. INCLEAN NZ launches new website

INCLEAN NZ launched its new website in November. The redesigned platform features an improved, contemporary and responsive design across all devices, shortlist function and an enhanced search and related articles function.

8. ISS to axe 100,000 jobs

Global facilities services company ISS announced plans to axe 100,000 jobs as it left emerging markets including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.

9. CleanNZ 2018 highlights

New Zealand’s only dedicated trade event for the cleaning and hygiene industries, the CleanNZ Expo, with more than 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services available in the local market.

10. Winc NZ sold to Tiri Group

In July, the Commerce Commission approved the purchase of Winc NZ by TSPV1 Limited (a subsidiary of the Tiri Group Limited).

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