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UK-based CK Group looks to gain access in hygiene market in India

The Hindu BusinessLine:  July 31, 2014

Chennai: London-based hospital hygiene company CK Group is looking to gain a toehold in India. With one Chennai-based small hospital on board, it is in talks with large hospitals, Public Health Centres and private chains, to expand its brand in the country. Warding off infection-causing bacteria, reducing chlorine and phenol usage for disinfection, and leveraging technology to keep a tab on harmful chemicals in hospitals are among its key services, which the UK’s National Health Service adopts for its facilities.

Talks with the Apollo Group and Fortis Healthcare have been initiated, but the deals have yet to be hammered out. Through the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), a business facilitation arm of the UK Government, the company is in touch with the Health Ministry. “We have been talking to officials with various Government Health Departments in the UK,” says Ian Pether, Managing Director, CK Group.

Intensive Deep Clean Systems, the healthcare hygiene arm of CK Group, announced its first Indian client on Tuesday, with Jananam Fertility Centre in Chennai adopting its Credit4Cleaning software. The 20,000 sq. ft facility will have micro-fibre cloths, instead of traditional cleaning chemicals, to clean floors. Its walls will be layered with anti-microbial silver ions to prevent dust settlement. A software called Credit4Cleaning will monitor real-time the presence of aluminous tri-phosphate, which is an indicator of bacterial presence. The hospital has invested Rs 7 lakh, and will spend Rs 20,000 a month for maintenance costs. CK Group will charge according to the size of the hospital, and number of beds involved.

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