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December 27, 2012
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News and information on the cleaning products industry

  Business Update 
  • 13 keys to safe use of detergents
    Safety and proper use and storage are keys to the safe, effective use of detergents, and the American Cleaning Institute has offered some best practices. In particular, single-load detergent packets should not be torn or cut open and should be handled with dry hands. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rapid screening boosts warehouse use, lessens product hold times
    Cleaning manufacturers have been able to drive shorter product hold times by deploying lean manufacturing and quality standards that also enhance efficiency, namely by using rapid-screening technology. "We have reduced our warehouse space significantly. That is, instead of having to produce and then stockpile, the technology allows us to produce as orders require," said Mark Entrup of Kao Brands. IndustryWeek (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • Enzyme technology has benefits for manufacturers, too
    Novozymes has been successful at replacing chemicals with biodegradable enzymes in detergents; the technology saves consumers on energy costs because the enzymes work in cooler water. But consumers aren't the only ones getting a good deal. The company says its enzymes lower the petrochemical content in each package of detergent by up to 30%, which helps manufacturers depend less on oil-based ingredients. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. chemical industry sees "fiscal cliff" as a threat
    The "fiscal cliff" is one of the common concerns among chemical industry representatives polled by KPMG. "The threat of the fiscal cliff is an obvious concern, leading many companies to focus on improving business effectiveness and maintaining a strong balance sheet," said Mike Shannon, head of chemicals and performance technologies at KPMG. Chemical Week (subscription required) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't bury your brand in green labels, experts warn
    Companies need to do more to ensure that they use eco-labels in ways that make sense for brand identity and consumer needs, rather than simply reflexively slapping every available label onto their products, experts say. "There's a lot of green noise," warns Paul Bates of certification organization UL. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News 
  • Keep those wine glasses clean for your holiday celebrations
    With New Year's celebrations upon us, make sure you clean your wine glasses the right way, whether by hand or in the dishwasher, advises ACI's Nancy Bock. Read more in ACI's Cleaning Matters newsletter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI Convention: Early Bird Registration Rates End January 4
    There are only a few days left to qualify for early bird registration rates at ACI's 2013 Annual Meeting & Industry Convention in Orlando, Florida, January 28-February 2. The early bird rates expire January 4! You shouldn't wait another minute to get set for the cleaning product industry's top business event. Visit ACI's website for more information or contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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