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Lapauw Market Overview – Now and Beyond Covid-19 

Lapauw’s president Philippe D’heygere and CEO Steven Renders recently released a message to the industry. First of all, they praised the commitment and hard work of frontline healthcare workers. Additionally, they presented their view of how they expect to operate during and after the Covid-19 crisis.

Throughout the crisis, a reduced company-team – taking all necessary precautions of social distancing – is still working to continue production of already ordered machines. Besides, the company remains shipping equipment all around the world to customers who need it . Thanks to its open spare parts policy, the Belgian factory still has a large stock of components in its on-line support. So far, customers have not experienced significant delays in supply of equipment. Although travelling for technicians was heavily restricted, the company’s  stock of new and second-hand equipment has also helped out some of its healthcare customers  in immediate need of additional capacity.

In their joint message, the two executives hoped for a quick, but controlled reduction of the lockdown measures. They see that Asian countries are starting up again and are looking forward to an increase in orders as global economies begin to recover and return to acceptable levels of business.

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How sustainable is your laundry business? Check your eco-footprint with ECOTOOL!

ECOTOOL provides information for the management of Professional Textile Care companies according to international best practices. With ECOTOOL, you will know exactly what your eco-footprint is in the complete supply chain based on: CO2 emission, primary energy content of a product, water consumption, consumption of chemicals, land use and mass balance. 

With ECOTOOL, you will have a complete LCA (life cycle analysis) tool of textile products and you will be able to quantify the sustainability of the textile for its entire lifetime. This way, you can benchmark your current operation with other type of textiles or machinery and with OPL / domestic laundry setups

 

Sustainability is a process

Among the benefits, you will also be able to benchmark your operation with a number of processes (e.g. differences between laundry machinery) and a number of standard products like:

  • Workwear industry, general
  • Workwear food industry
  • Roller towel
  • Uniform health care
  • Bedsheet  health care
  • Residential care garments, underwear
  • Residential care garments, shirt
  • Towel (100% cotton, 80/20 cotton / PET and with recycled cotton

 

Try it! 

Register for ECOTOOL – here! in the Level A e-learning module (Industrial Textile Services – ITS) of CINET’s World of PTC Business School.

For more info, you can contact CINET Secretariat (cinet@cinet-online.com)

 

CINET’s Business School

The World of PTC – Business School is a training initiative developed by CINET in cooperation with international suppliers, specifically designed for professional laundry and dry cleaning stakeholders. Through this initiative CINET aims to strengthen and stimulate the development of the PTC (Professional Textile Care) industry.

You will find easy accessible information on Retail Textile Cleaning and Industrial Textile Services on the following levels:

  • Starters (Level C): Basic level of education and knowledge for people who likes to start in the textile cleaning industry:
  • Operational Excellence (Level B): Advanced level for operators, employees for detail knowledge and skills of the textile cleaning process
  • Management (Level A): Excellent level for managers and employees on legislation, improvement methodologies, operational management, business modelling & cost structures and marketing

The product range of The World of PTC – Business School consists of E-learning & (on the job) Training courses, Practical Workshops & Webinars and a vast PTC online library & Book series. Select the courses that match your professional (both individual and company) needs and become a Master in PTC!

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Scottish Laundry Receives Funding to Continue Service to NHS during Pandemic 

Recently a Scottish newspaper reported on a funding by Royal Bank of Scotland to Cathkin Clean – a drycleaning and contract laundry specialist.

Cathkin Clean Scotland provides commercial laundry, drycleaning and linen hire services to a cross-section of essential industries throughout the country. The laundry has been operating since 1894, with NHS Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire among its clients. The company – subsidiary of Aberdeen Laundry Service (ALS) – had frozen its hospitality sector activities, because of social distancing measures affecting the hospitality industry.

The funding received from Royal Bank of Scotland has enabled the company to continue to support the intensified demands from the NHS in recent weeks. It has not only facilitated the company to retain staff members based at the temporarily closed hospitality sites, but also begin preparations to re-open their post-coronavirus recovery period.

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The Social Distancing Solution to Laundry  – Innovative & Simple!

A.R. Materials Handling Limited – a UK-based supplier of material-handling equipment – has created an innovative and simple solution to overcoming social distancing. They claim to have found the answer to help get laundries back to business as soon as possible.

The biggest problem for social distancing in a laundry will no doubt be standing at the front of an ironer. This is the most operator-concentrated area. For that reason, the company has designed and made a mobile segregation screen. The unit comes flat pack, can be quickly built and is simply wheeled into position, with brakes to secure its stay in place. The modular and flexible solution can function from one to three or more operators.

An innovative and simple solution for social distancing

Managing director Andy Robinson states: “We have always done our best to innovate ideas which will make life and processes easier and safer. Recently we have been looking at how to help commercial laundries get back to business. However, it is important that employees can get back to work as as safely as possible.” The prototype was recently tested at Impressed Laundry in Manchester and found to be an excellent barrier between operators.

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How hundred years of dry-cleaning paved the way for a vital industry!

In the past few months the professional dry-cleaning industry has more than ever proved to be of essential importance in the entire world after the COVID19 outbreak. It makes you wonder how it all started, since things have certainly changed over the past 100 years or so.

First of all, solvents were quite different back then, with a newly invented white essence (kerosene) as the means to realize the good cleaning. The funny thing is that in France, spirit cleaning was generally known as American cleaning and in the USA, it was known as French cleaning. In those days people were also willing to wait for their freshly washed items for weeks … not hours. Today, a modern facility usually implies turning on a few valves, switches and the kettle. In former days, a lot more was needed, such as three or four large vessels with tight fitting lids, a very large flat pan, tables, chairs, clothes pins, clothes brushes made of hogs hair. All of this had to be laid out in a wide, open space, preferably outside. And … it was hard work!

Nowadays, the processes involved are much easier to handle and the industry has developed into a modern, vital sector. With innovative power at hand and sustainability high on the agenda.

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CINET Global Best Practices 2019

GBPAP2020. It’s time to join the world’s best PTC profiles

Are you a top-notch drycleaner? Or do you represent an outstanding industrial laundry? Does your company meet the best practices criteria? Join the Global PTC Best Practices Awards and showcase your business among the best PTC companies worldwide. 

The application process doesn’t require any fee and the main benefits of the Official Nomination are the following:

  • Free Publicity for all the participants in the World of PTC (online Book 7)
  • The (World) PTC stage is yours! The chance (for the 55 selected finalists) to deliver a presentation in front of the International Jury and the international audience at the GBPAP2020 Final
  • Massive PR which you can use in order to increase the turnover.

 

It’s so easy to apply (and FREE OF CHARGE)!

The potential nominees can fill in their applications using the reply form for the Retail Textile Cleaning (RTC) companies and Franchise companies (download here!) or the reply form for the Industrial Textile Services companies (download here!). Once filled-in, the form will have to be submitted to CINET Secretariat (cinet@cinet-online.com).

The deadline for nominees applications: SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


Global Best Practices Awards 2020 sponsors:

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The WOPCOM Platform. What’s in it for you and how can you join it?

You have heard about WOPCOM. But did you take a look at it?

Let’s assume you enter the WOPCOM platform in this very moment. You will notice the most recent materials that were added (of course, they are mostly Corona-related materials as this is the most pressing topic for the industry during the current pandemic).

On the same topic, you can find on WOPCOM CINET Coronavirus Protocols and Recommendations for the PTC industry, as well as the CINET presentations at the Corona Webinars for both Retail Textile Cleaning (RTC) and Industrial Textile Services (ITS).

 

But there is (much) more content!

Just take a look at the Technical Articles and Reports category…

 

If you are more interested in the Research and scientific reports, you have a plenty of materials to read…

 

The Marketeers have their own content, as well….

 

WOPCOM (The World of PTC Community) is an online platform where partners of Professional Textile Care come together and find information on business development. You can find there exclusive PTC content on the following categories:

    1. Expert visions by industry peers
    2. Marketing articles/reports
    3. Research papers/scientific reports
    4. Technical articles/reports
    5. Business cases in PTC
    6. Business cases from the Global Best Practices Awards

…and the content is being continuously updated!

 

How can you join WOPCOM

The CINET members benefit of free access to WOPCOM. If you are not (yet) a member of CINET, you can choose the subscription option that matches you profile and needs, on this link – here!  The WOPCOM content is being continuously updated with exclusive articles, reports and presentations covering the impact the Coronavirus pandemic is having in the Professional Textile Care industry.

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Special Washing Service for Re-usable Masks!

Wearing masks has become part of everyday life in Germany. However, regarding reusable masks there is a lot of uncertainty. For instance, how are they properly washed? Alsco – a Germany-based service provider for workwear – has recently started to offer a laundry service for companies.

At present, many companies are protecting their employees with face masks, since it is the only way they can resume work during the Corona pandemic. The new service works as follows: people select masks from the company’s range, the laundry service picks up used masks and exchanges them for hygienically washed masks. According to the textile supplier, the laundry service not only reduces the risk of infection, but it also saves costs for businesses. Besides, it protects the environment.

The professional processing guarantees that hygiene standards are observed. The company states to wash the masks by a disinfection washing process listed by the Rober Koch Institute – the German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. The textile masks in the company’s range have either a binding band or a rubber and are easy to care for.  The textiles used are certified according to the “ÖkoTex Standard 100”.

 

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UK-based Linen Supplier sets up Face Mask Supply Chain

Linen Connect – a leading supplier of bed, bath, kitchen and table linens within the UK textiles market – has entered the process of supplying face masks. The company understands that laundry forms an essential part of the business supply chain in industries from healthcare to hospitality. Through its international supply chain, the company is able to supply three categories of product:

  • CE/FDA approved KN95 masks that comply with the stringent GB2626-2006 standards for respiratory protection; already in use in businesses and healthcare settings around the world.
  • Disposable masks – also CE/FDA approved and complying with the EN 16483 standards.
  • Re-usable masks that are being produced in corporation with some manufacturers in the country.

Since governments move to ease lockdowns and re-open their economies, the health and safety of employees will be vital. Together with social distancing, hand hygiene and other preventative measures, facemasks will no doubt become more commonly used  in their adoption especially in industries such as laundries, manufacturing and logistics. The company is working with some leading manufacturers  in order to secure high quality in disposable and protective masks. The masks meet the recommendations set-out by WHO and other bodies for protection against bacteria and viruses.

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Free ‘Wash-Dry-Go’ App in Response to Pandemic

Post-Corona Lockdown times require new and innovative methods to safeguard people from getting contaminated. Solutions in the PTC sector have also been developed, such as app’s that can help laundry owners manage the flow of customers and maintain safe social distancing during their wash and dry cycles.

BBC Payments – a US-based laundry-focused payment and control systems company –  has created a free ‘Wash-Dry-Go’ application platform for laundromat owners to use during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The app can be used with any brand of equipment in both attended and unattended stores. The app enables employees or customers to easily set up accounts with just their phone number and receive notifications when the cycles are complete.

Tom Merkh, the company’s president and CTO explained: “The Wash-Dry-Go concept helps laundry owners protect their customers by encouraging them to social distance or wait outside during wash and dry cycles. Afterwards they can leave the store safely and fold their clothes at home. It can be difficult for laundromats to effectively enforce this process. That is why we decided to create a free solution that keeps customers informed throughout the process. At the same time, the app helps to keep employees safe from unnecessary contact.”

 

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