Economic issues mean companies making more use of machinery

September 26th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Companies working in the cleaning industry are now replacing the machinery they use in day-to-day work far less often as they look to save money on their budget and spend less money on things they may not necessarily need.

According to one expert, this is a result of the financial crisis which has affected firms of all sizes in a range of industries. It means that while you may have thought that a new type of vacuum cleaner looked fantastic in its new brochure, most will now wait to buy it, as opposed to in the past when they would have just recycled their old versions and went for the up-to-date model.

Frank Smit, company director with European Cleaning Machines Recycling (ECMR) said that there are now far fewer pieces of cleaning technology coming to his firm in a condition that is still almost as good as new, than there were in recent years.

Mr Smit said that the number of vacuum cleaners, floor scrubbers, high pressure cleaners, scrubber dryers, sweepers and street sweepers being returned in an "AB" condition in 2005 was around 50 per cent, with many companies still choosing to replace items that were in full functional condition. 

At this time, 30 per cent were in "CD" condition, where they could still be used, and only 20 per cent were being used for spare parts and scrap because they had been used to the full extent of their lifespan.

However, the finances of most firms across the globe now mean that there is a growing trend in cleaning companies opting to keep their current machinery for a greater length of time.

Mr Smit said: "We noticed the number of machines being received by manufacturers at the end of their useful life as practically rubbish was rising significantly. This is because cleaning companies are keeping them in use for longer in the current difficult economic climate, they are not buying machines so regularly. We predict by 2015 the percentage of AB quality machines being returned will be just 15 per cent, CD quality 15 per cent and scrap will account for 70 per cent."