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CHSA ACCREDITATION SCHEMES INCREASING


STANDARDS Following the January 2017 introduction of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s (CHSA) Accreditation Scheme for Distributors, the CHSA audited more products than ever in 2017.


Scheme members are reported to have sustained very high levels of conformance, ensuring that with the CHSA Accreditation Scheme marquee, buyers of cleaning and hygiene products can be certain ‘what’s on the box is what’s in the box’.


Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Schemes, said: “The introduction of the Accreditation Scheme for Distributors has had a very positive impact, all the main distributors in the sector applying and then passing the auditing process. It has also driven up membership of our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes. Distributors joining the Scheme are demanding their suppliers adhere to the same high standards to which they ascribe, who in turn are applying for membership.”


Every Scheme member was inspected by the CHSA’s Independent Inspector, who audited 50 distributors during 2017. Accredited members now account for the majority of the market. 97% of all relevant soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks or industrial cotton mops were from members of one of the CHSA Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme or found to comply fully with Scheme requirements.


Every member of the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Industrial Cotton Mops was audited twice during 2017, with 1,000 individual mops being audited for compliance.


There was a significant increase in membership to the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Plastic Refuse Sacks in 2017. More than 450 products were audited for label compliance, with conformance of 98%. Over 1,000 sacks were tested using the British Standards Institute’s


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Drop Text to establish if they are fit- for-purpose.


Members of the Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue products also grew during 2017, with the independent


CHRISTEYNS EXPANDS WITH


BETELGEUX Christeyns has expanded its activities in Spain and Portugal with the acquisition of Betelgeux, the Spanish producer of hygiene products for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.


With this acquisition, Christeyns is strengthening its position in the European food industry, marking it out as a step forward in the geographical expansion towards Latin-America.


Betelgeux produces 5m kg of industrial cleaning and disinfection products each year. The company reaches a consolidated turnover of €8.5m across Spain and subsidiary companies in Portugal and Chile.


inspector auditing more than 990 products for label compliance and over 1,300 individual items were tested for dimensional compliance by the end of the year.


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Alain Bostoen, owner of Christeyns, said: “With its top quality products, innovative concepts and well-trained people, Betelgeux is a valuable addition to our own Christeyns Food Hygiene department. I am happy to welcome the complete Betelgeux team, which consists of 50 people, to the Christeyns family. Their professional know-how, market knowledge, reputation and product portfolio will help us expand our activities and to continue shaping the Christeyns strategy.”


Christeyns are set to expand the production facilities in Ador, making it possible to double the production capacity. Once the works are completed, the strategic management of Christeyns Food Hygiene for the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America will be centralised from the new buildings.


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