THE BUZZ at the recently concluded Interclean Show was more of a hum, as most new product introductions ex- panded on well-known concepts rather than introduce
entirely new lines. Still, with uncertainty so prevalent in so many
sectors, slow and steady growth is most welcome to suppliers and
Interclean, the annual trade show put together by the
International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA), is the biggest
event in North America for the industrial and institutional cleaning industry. Despite the subdued nature, ISSA maintained there
were increases in the number of attendees and exhibitors. The
show attracted 16,637 visitors from 74 countries. On the buyer
side, distributors represented much of the increase, accounting
for 42% of the total. End user turnout was strong too; of the total
buyers at the show, 36% were building service contractors and in-house service providers. Among the 740 exhibitors, 132 were new,
and 20% came from outside the US, drawing from 28 countries.
The Big News
Some of the biggest news from the show floor came from two
of the category’s best-known names—SC Johnson and Diversey.
Sealed Air will spin off its Diversey Care business, while the
remaining Sealed Air business will continue as an independent
company. The company maintains that by creating two companies,
New Sealed Air and New Diversey, each will focus on a distinct set
of strategic objectives, creating enhanced shareholder values.
New Diversey, to be led by Dr. Ilham Kadri, president of
Diversey Care, will be a pure-play, hygiene and cleaning solu-
tions company. For the 12 months ended June 30, 2016, New
Diversey generated $2.6 billion in sales and had adjusted EBITDA
of $305 million.
Meanwhile, SC Johnson announced that it was ready to reenter the I&I category, several years after selling its Diversey business to Sealed Air. Now, following a series of moves, SCJ is back
in a category it played in from the 1930s to the 1960s.
“This is the right time to re-enter the I&I business,” said Fisk
Johnson, chairman and CEO, SC Johnson, in a statement.“Our purchase of the Deb Group and Steris Applied Infection Control and
the recent move to bring back our SC Johnson-branded products
from Sealed Air/Diversey to the new SC Johnson Professional business gives us a lot of momentum to re-enter this space in a big way.”
Ecolab, the biggest player in the I&I category, made a move
of its own last month with the sale of its Swisher restroom cleaning business to Enviro-Master. The unit had sales of $28 million
in 2015. Ecolab continues to operate the warewashing, kitchen
specialty, laundry and housekeeping cleaning and sanitizing
products and services business of Swisher Hygiene, serving the
foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare markets.
“The restroom cleaning business provides an important service to the marketplace, but was not a good fit with our long-term
goals and objectives. We thank the team for their efforts and wish
them the best moving forward with Enviro-Master,” said Bob
Sherwood, executive vice president and general manager, Ecolab
Institutional North America.
Tom Branna • Editorial Director
Slow & Steady
In a tumultuous environment, steady gains posted in the industrial and institutional
cleaning sector are welcome more than ever.
Give ‘em a hand! Sanitizers are ubiquitous
in education, health care and office settings.