The jury of the ninth edition of the ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam Innovation Award has selected the nine nominees from a total of 71 entries. The overall winner, the category winners and visitors’ choice winner of this prestigious, international prize for the best innovation in the professional cleaning industry will be announced during the special award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, the first day of ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam.

The nine nominees are selected as top three in their category.

Machines, accessories and components:
CS7000, Nilfisk-Advance
B 80 W, Karcher
Wetrok iMatic Vive, Alpheios International

Equipment/tools for cleaning, care and safety:
Mag System, Vermop Salmon
Rubbermaid HYGEN Clean Water System, Newell Rubbermaid
CWS Washroom Information Service (WIS), CWS boco International

Cleaning Management and Training Solutions:
Alpheios Infection Prevention Monitor IPM, Alpheios International
iMAP (New and Improved), Diversey
ProTec Maxi Quik Fill, Ecolab

“We have seen some truly intelligent solutions entered for this year’s award," says Michell Marshall, Chair of the Amsterdam Innovation Award jury. "This demonstrates well that manufacturers are working hard to understand customers’ key challenges and requirements when they are developing new products.

“We should also remark on the increasing presence of information technology and web-based solutions - an encouraging progression in our industry. Manufacturing technology is also moving forward and we have seen some impressive advances in terms of sustainability, reduced waste and less demand on resources such as water, energy and chemicals.”

The Amsterdam Innovation Award has developed into a prestigious prize. Last year's winner was Dutch company Baudoin Wash Systems. "Winning the Award was a fabulous token of appreciation," says the company's Bart de Bonth. "The product was heavily covered by the global media and attracted a lot of additional interest during and after ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam 2010.“

Award ceremony 
The jury will jointly select the three category winners and one overall winner after a live presentation and demonstration of the nine nominated products. The winners will be announced at the special award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, the first day of ISSA/INTERCLEAN Amsterdam. During this ceremony keynote speaker Michael Braungart will explain the opportunities of the Cradle to Cradle concept for the cleaning sector.

Visitors’ Choice Award
For the first time, the (pre registered) visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite nominee. The winner will receive the Visitors’ Choice Award during the award ceremony.

The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports African water project
The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) Flying Doctors, and their project in Mtwara, Tanzania that aims at providing accessible water and sanitary facilities for the community.

The jury
The 2012 jury consists of: Rob Geissler, Publisher, Sanitary Maintenance, Contracting Profits, Housekeeping Solutions, USA; Michelle Marshall, Chairman, Chief Editor, European Cleaning Journal, United Kingdom; Reinhard Knittler, Publisher, Reinigungs Markt, Germany; Paolo Pellizzari, Chief Editor, Pulizia Industriale e Sanificazione, Italy; Pierre Deschamps, Chief Editor, Batiment Entretien, France; Cor van der Velden, Chief Expert at Skills Netherlands, The Netherlands; Dick van Zomeren, Editor, Service Management, The Netherlands; Ton van der Riet, Managing Director, Senzora, The Netherlands.