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Until the 1970s-80s, the only chemical format available was pre- diluted, ready-to-use solutions. The emergence and expansion of chain across various industries coupled with impetuous economic crashes increased both the buyers’ power and cost awareness. Large corporates, who spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on cleaning products per year, started looking at ways to cut costs.


Active ingredients make up a very small part of the composition of ready-to-use cleaning products – the rest being water. This meant that large multi-site companies were spending a significant proportion of their cleaning expenditure on shipping water. In most developed countries, water is considered a readily available and cheap commodity, so the “solution” lay in pushing up the concentration of active ingredients, which is what RP Adam has done over the last decade by manufacturing and marketing concentrated chemicals.


The concentrated products within the Arpax range are recognised as some of the best formulated products on the market. So, after nine months of laboratory formulation work and field testing, the company is ready to launch a new range of chemical super concentrates designed for venturi chemical/water mixing stations. Adding to the existing Arpax range of 11 concentrates, five new products come to market for catering and building services cleaning applications, and are made up of cleaners, disinfectants and sanitisers. The company has a strong reputation in the hospitality, leisure and care sector, and is looking to this new system to make significant further inroads into the FM and contract cleaning market too.


The sanitisers and disinfectants, through independent disinfection tests have shown three key products to be highly effective at killing pathogenic organisms. Max Adam, Sales & Marketing Director said: “We are absolutely thrilled at these successful


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are 100:1+ thus providing the lowest in- use costs available on the market.


The products are dispensed through the new Ecopax dispensing and packaging system, which is based on the concept of “bringing the chemical factory to your premises safely”. By combining safety, environmental and commercial benefits together in one system, we believe we are onto a winner.


In collaboration with Brightwell Dispensers, the new Ecopax venturi chemical and water mixing station brings unrivalled dilution control and allows commercial cleaning operatives to massively reduce plastic packaging waste. Due to level of concentration of the new products, RP Adam has had to have bespoke pins micro-drilled in to the dilution cog to allow the super concentrates to be delivered accurately and consistently.


The company has striven to “put as much in the bottle as possible”, so that the positive environmental profile is maximised, whilst making it as safe as possible for the user to use. Although the super concentrates are “hazardous”, all ready to use solutions are classified as non-hazardous in use. The five new products are also labelled in accordance with the new CLP: Chemical Hazard Information and Packaging Regulations.


test results, and I am sure contract caterers, contract cleaners and multi- site national hospitality operators, will be very interested.” One of the new products passed BS EN 1276; BS EN 1397, at a dilution of 200:1 with only a 15 second contact time.


Max continued: “The EHO fraternity in recent times have been questioning contact times not being ‘fast enough’, so we have decided to improve drastically the dilution rates and the speed of the rate of kill. We also have a new test on Norovirus at 100:1.”


Utilising the same Safe Link safety cap mechanism under the Arpax SC brand, each of the products’ target dilutions


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We have an active company blog at www.thearpalgroupblog.com where we regularly post articles about industry trends and news, but also have provided blog post series on issues such as the new CLP Hazard and Packaging Regulations, Food Safety & Disinfection and our latest series on Best Practises In Automatic Dish & Glass Washing. All three series have been consolidated into downloadable E-Books, which are useful reference tools or staff training aids.


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