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CleanEx (UK), Confirmed for September 26-27, 2021

CleanEx and Hospitality Expo UK is confirmed to take place as scheduled on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th, 2021 at Ascot Racecourse. The event organizer, MEG Events, made the statement following the British government’s announcement that large gatherings can commence from 21st June 2021 in UK.

After four successful shows CleanEx has grown in recognition attracting buyers and exhibitors from across Europe and beyond.

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Ecolab Again Named LGBTQ Equality “Best Place to Work for”

Ecolab Inc. received a top score of 100% on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), nominating it as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”

The CEI is a tool to rate American businesses on their treatment  of gaylesbianbisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. It is Ecolab’s ninth consecutive year with a perfect score of 100% on the CEI, conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The company’s PRIDE employee resource group – focused on supporting the LGBTQ+ community – played an essential role in the efforts to encourage a culture of inclusion and connection.

For instance, they organized campaigns to support homeless LGBTQ+ youth and they initiated a project to educate Ecolab associates about the importance of using – and respecting – gender pronouns. The 2021 CEI evaluated LGBTQ-related policies of 1,142 U.S.-based companies, including non-discrimination policies, fair benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, support of an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

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German Fliegel Textilservice Invests in the Future!

Berlin-based commercial laundry Fliegel Textilservice is investing eight million euros in new technology. According to the company the investments have nothing to do with COVID19 and are aimed at an increase in productivity and to make processes more effective and hygienically even safer.

As to employment the company has confirmed that employees have not been laid off. Daniel Tarczyński – Managing Director of the Fliegel Group – stated that at present 80 percent of the team will keep their jobs. However, of the regular 1,000 jobs at all locations, well over 20 percent of the permanent positions are not filled – temporarily. In addition, the company is suspending the use of marginal or temporary workers for the time being.

The company – part of Servitex – is converting its locations. The conversions and renovations had been planned as early in 2019. For instance, in Leipzig, automatic feeding systems will be expanded and storage capacity will be increased. At the site in Saxony internal logistics will be improved. The company’s largest location in Berlin has invested in its production facility in Poland – near the German border in order to make logistics processes more efficient. Besides, a department for workwear in both plants has been created.

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Cents (USA) Reports New Financing Round

Cents – a business management and in-store operations platform for laundromat owners in the US – recently announced a $4.25 million financing round. The company provides a single-solution “business in a box” system for all of the processes of a laundromat or dry-cleaning operation, such as POS, delivery, employee management, CRM, revenue reconciliation, pickup and delivery, and hardware integrations.

COVID-19 has functioned as an accelerator for the already fast-growing industry trends of full-service laundry, pickup-and-delivery, touchless payments, and the awareness of centralizing operational data and operations. At present, its system is in use in more than 100 laundromats and drycleaners across eight US states. The company expects to be supporting more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2021.

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GBTA Research Shows: Vaccines Bring Hope

A research conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually – has found that most of its members and stakeholders (79%) would be “very comfortable” or “comfortable” traveling for business after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

The GBTA survey found that almost 50% support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting face-to-face. The survey also showed that a safe return to business travel as quickly as possible,  includes a consistent approach to travel restrictions, pre-testing and the possibility of vaccination passports once the vaccine is readily available.

Another finding is that border closures and restrictions have significantly impacted business travel. Four in 10 (43%) say border closures and restrictions have impacted their company recovery efforts in 2021. A strong majority of GBTA member companies (76%) continue to report they have suspended or cancelled all business travel regardless of location.

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Are You Environmentally Friendly? Join The International Sustainability Manifesto!

It’s a fact: Professional Textile Care has up to 5 times more sustainable performance over domestic cleaning. That’s why CINET took the initiative to set up the International Sustainability Manifesto for the TEXTILE care INDUSTRY. Therefore, the potential for further improvements in sustainability and circularity is immense. For 2021, many initiatives will be setup to enhance supply chain cooperation in processing and delivery of sustainable textile services.

Meanwhile this manifest have been signed up by alsmost 100 organizations who seek a better sustainability and want to enlarge the current PTC markets (and the supporting companies list is growing every week). CINET welcomes further support of all who care for a sustainable future of our planet.

CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY MANIFESTO

You can join the Manifesto, too!

All who care for the planet can join the Manifesto by confirming the support by email, including your company’s logo.

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According to a Fox News material, 30% of US Drycleaners Risk Closing in Next 18 months

A news material aired on February 19th by the US TV channel Fox News reveals the effects of the pandemic on the drycleaners’ businesses in North America. According to the coverage, 1 out of 6 drycleaners have closed of went bankrupt since the beginning of the pandemic and the mid-term forecast is not favorable for the US RTC sector: 30 percent could close in next 18 months. The material is part of a wider program of the TV channel called “Small Businesses Under Siege”.

In a coverage at Nu-Way Cleaners & Tailors in White Plains, New York, a family company established 75 years ago, the Fox News reporter Lawrence Jones presents the current situation in which the lockdown measures and work-from-home impact the activity and revenues levels dramatically. You can watch the video-material on the link below:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6233655151001#sp=show-clips

 

 

 

 

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Hygienically clean, corona free also for airliners!

These days the question was raised whether it might by possible that blankets used in airplanes can be a source of contamination and infection of Covid-19.

In the early days of corona, CINET has prepared protocols to prevent the risk of contamination and to ensure the delivery of corona free textiles and safe working conditions for employees of textile cleaning companies and industrial laundries.

The challenge for airline laundries is that most airline blankets are made-up of Modacryl or Micro fibre polyester. And these delicate fibres require mild laundry conditions – including low temperature wash processes.  The CINET protocols describe the essential parameters that influence hygienic processing.

One has to realise that all airline linen should be regarded as potentially contaminated linen and should be handled and processed accordingly. Or with other words: Hygienically safe linen can only be assured when the handling [sorting !] and laundry process follow the exact instructions as laid down in the CINET protocols.

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Meet GBPAP2020 Sustainability Winner (RTC-B Cat.): Champion Cleaners from UAE

The Sustainability Award RTC B (BIG) Category at The Global Best Practices Awards 2020 was granted to Champion Cleanersfrom UAE, for setting a trend in sustainability in the region.

 

Champion Cleaning can do almost anything, that’s what makes them stand out.

In light of the recent and ongoing struggle against COVID-19, Champion Cleaners has partnered with Medcare Hospitals to help support the hospital and its staff.

Founded in 1997, Champion Cleaner is well-known in Dubai and is innovative and is up to date to the latest technological developments. It uses fully automatic, state-of-the-art washing and dry-cleaning systems. The company have recently taken the lead in the region by introducing a slate of UAE-wide initiatives.

The brand is known for its treatment of fragile and expensive fibers and textiles. It is not only specialized in the treatment of fragile fibers but also offers a variety of other services such as:

  • Bag and shoes cleaning & preservation;
  • Wedding gown cleaning & preservation;
  • Leather cleaning;
  • Home cleaning services including the cleaning of curtains, mattress, sofas, carpets and upholstery;
  • Permanent garment creasing and soft toy cleaning;
  • Sportswear cleaning
  • Professional home services too, including the cleaning of curtains, mattress, sofas and upholstery. On top, Champion Cleaners offer free pickup and delivery services with pay port options for customers to pay via credit cards at their doorsteps.
Wedding gown hanger packing

 

Using high-end technology for the best results

Being so diverse in its services, Champion Cleaning has the expertise and technology for every item at hand. The team of technicians use a range of tools and techniques to repair the damage, restore color and re-condition leather items, leaving them looking like new.

Champion Cleaners have also launched their new app which is offering customers dry cleaning services at just a tap of the screen and making a handbag or a shoe dry-cleaning much easier. An ordering service is provided through the application as well. It also allows for full accessibility whereby customers can make payments and be kept up to date about its dry-cleaning status. Additionally, the new application includes a price list, visual instructions along with weekly and monthly deals to ensure customers are always aware of the latest promotions.

Shoe packaging; ready to go!

Making packaging a perfection

Champion Cleaners offers many options for specialized packaging. For example, folded and hung ties, folded shirts and travel packaging with every bag that is cleaned. It also offers wedding gown museum preservation method, where the gowns are wrapped in 100% muslin cotton fabric with acid free paper to protect the gown from decay, dust and light. All packaging is made of bio-degradable and eco-friendly plastic.

Delivery of items to customers.

 

Taking the lead in the UAE

In 2017, Champion Cleaners have taken the lead in the region by introducing a number of UAE-wide initiatives. For instance, the company promotes:

  1. GreenEarth Cleaning, which is a patented solution that is liquid silicone based (i.e. quartz and sand), clear, odourless and non-toxic to soil, water or air.
  2. Excello Wet Cleaning Technology which saves on water, is solvent-free and an energy saver.
  3. i-Genius technology, which is a chemical free, Ozone cabinet that destroys bacteria, sanitizes and deodorizes quickly.
  4. Oxo-biodegradable plastic bags.

For their own stores, it integrated personalized building management systems, which already was able to achieve a 10% reduction on their electricity consumption. The company also actively uses 100% of steam created to generate heat throughout the Central Plant operation, saving an additional 10% on their electricity consumption. Champion Cleaners also use Alliance Wet Cleaning technologies which has resulted in a 50% saving on their overall water consumptions.

 

Haute Couture Cleaning / VIP Couture Cleaning

Champion Cleaners specialized in the most precious items a customer can have in their wardrobe. The company checks each item and their specific requirements carefully, by their trained staff.  After the first check, each item will then be looked after by a dedicated garment assessment manager and cleaning experts specialized in assessment and care of rare and unique items.

A winning team during GBPAP2020 pitch presentation
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Dutch State Secretary of Economy Visits FTN (NL). Hygienical Clean/Corona Free, Sustainable Cleaning by Robots

The Dutch Federation of Textile Management (FTN) was visited by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Mona Keijzer at the Federation of Textiles Management Netherlands was corona proof and nevertheless heartwarming.

In The Netherlands, this emerging industry has been hit above average by the arrival of the coronavirus. Companies specialized in the catering industry and retail companies in particular had to record a 75% to 50% drop in turnover right from the start and that has not improved since then. Nevertheless, important initiatives are in preparation that should give the industry a new perspective. Digitization, automation, robotics are important drivers, supported by fantastic sustainability. The industry is no less than 5 times more sustainable than home washing.

Sustainable & circular
The visit took place at Wasserij / Linnenverhuur G. Van der Kleij & Zn. in Utrecht. After an overview of prominent textile service companies and an extensive explanation of the corona effects, also for crucial professional groups, there was plenty of attention for the environmental profile of a sustainable professional textile service, which is already circular in itself. In the Netherlands, this can generate annual savings of over 60 billion liters of drinking water, as well as 24% CO2 and 17% energy savings on cleaning. In addition, intensive filtration results in very minimal microfibre emissions, where washing at home accounts for approximately 35% of the total emissions.

Robotics
There was also a lot of attention for new robotics solutions such as those developed in the Netherlands by Laundry Robotics and other robotics solutions such as those on display at G. van der Kleij. This 160-year-old family business is fully specialized in the hotel and catering industry, and in particular hotels and restaurants, and has hit above average due to the corona crisis. The State Secretary was given an extensive tour and was able to examine the current state of affairs for herself.

Call
The industry called on the State Secretary to stimulate the developments in the textile service more, in general by giving environmental bonus points in tenders, supporting the use of sustainable energy in processes and logistics, stimulating the use of high-quality textiles, as well as “SLOW” fashion to improve the use of fashion clothing (no less than 85% is worn only very limited) and to facilitate initiatives for more circular textiles. An eye for international developments is necessary to achieve this quickly and efficiently.

The Dutch Federation of Textile Management (FTN) is the Dutch trade association for textile service companies, (industrial) laundries and linen rental companies, of which almost all leading companies in the sector are members.

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