FM firms drive machine-assisted cleaning in Egypt

Kärcher is seeing a rise in demand for its cleaning tools in Egypt, including 57 machines deployed at the Cairo International Airport

A Kärcher ride-on vacuum sweeper operating outside in a truck yard.
A Kärcher ride-on vacuum sweeper operating outside in a truck yard.

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Kärcher is seeing a rise in demand for its cleaning tools in Egypt, thanks to a noticeable preference for machine-assisted cleaning from facilities managers, according to its distributor ELBassiouni & Co.

At Cairo International Airport, 57 Kärcher machines from seven different lines are being used, including the firm's ride-on scrubber-drier units, ride-on vacuum sweepers, scrubber driers, single-disc models, wet and dry vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, and high-pressure machines.

Gehad ElBassiouni, managing director of ELBassiouni & Co, said: “From the Cairo International Airport to malls, supermarkets, industrial plants, and offices, there is a changing approach to facility management across Egypt that is moving away from manual cleaning to the technological cleaning solutions.

“Furthermore, buyers are selecting brands that are not harmful to health and the environment, and save time and effort while producing excellent results. For all these requirements, Kärcher has become the brand of choice.”

Demand for Kärcher’s products across Egypt is also related to the country’s increasing economic activity, stimulated by foreign investments and economic conditions, and Kärcher’s own initiatives in increasing brand awareness and outreach amongst clients and potential clients.

Mazen Abou Chakra, export sales director of Kärcher Middle East, added: “ELBassiouni & Co. have been the sole agent for Kärcher for 40 years, and our working relationship with them has gone from strength to strength and produced incredible brand awareness for our products in the market.

“The deal with Cairo International Airport deal has propelled our brand’s identity across Egypt. We could not be more pleased.”

In the Gulf, technological innovations are also increasingly being implemented to address environmental requirements, one example being Sharjah-based waste management company Bee'ah’s purchase of Polaris Ranger desert cleaner units for its fleet.

Meanwhile, Dubai Municipality’s waste management department updated its fleet in October 2016, with the addition of a Cherrington automated sand scraper machine to its fleet for beach cleaning.

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