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Recent news from South-Afrika –Bidvest Laundry Group invests in new washer

The Bidvest Laundry Group has been a leading industrial laundry services in South Africa for more than three decades. Operating 11 branches throughout the country, the company has always been focused on excellent service delivery and affordable solutions that cater to a wide range of industries, including healthcare, hospitality, chemical, food, retail, mining, motoring, engineering, pharmaceutical, industrial, and general manufacturing. They intend to offer a solid infrastructure, backed by a highly-experienced, dedicated team.

The group is essentially composed of three divisions: First Garment Rental – Specialist in the rental and laundering of work wear; Boston Launderers – the largest commercial laundry operation in South Africa offering laundry services to the hospitality and healthcare industries; and Montana Laundries – providing tailor-made on-premise laundry services.

The Cape Town plant has been operating a Milnor CBW system since 2006. Recently new equipment was installed – such as the new PulseFlow batch washer – the laundry has improved its performance by benefiting from shorter process times. To be able to support the increased production and keep up with a transfer time of about two minutes, they decided to invest in two new additional 64059 steam dryers. Pursuing the equipment renewal process, they also decided to purchase a new four-pocket loading conveyor and replace the existing central MLF-4545 lint filter with new on-bard MLF1010 lint filters.

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G.A. Braun Launches new Website

Laundry equipment manufacturer G.A.Braun reports it has launched a new company website. The company says the complete redesign includes content, layout, navigation and enhanced functionality.

Pamela Simonetti, director of marketing: “We believe the new site is much more engaging for our visitors, allowing them to gain a much better understanding of our equipment offerings, project management capabilities and service support.”

In addition to a dedicated video page, the company claims it has also embedded video within product categories, along with equipment animations. The video and animation are stated to highlight key features and product performance data to help customers and prospects make educated decisions on the best equipment solutions for their unique processing requirements. The company plans to continue to build upon the site with more dynamic components, including more audio and video. Apart from that the architecture of its new site provides the capability and flexibility to add a host of additional online marketing and customer care related programs, which Braun will be developing and releasing throughout the coming months.

Additionally, an improved Braun laundry parts site is to be released, which will simplify searching and shopping for parts. Access to this site will remain through customer-specific passwords in a secure online environment.

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JSG H1 results show consistent growth and strong financial performance

The recently announced Johnson Service Group results FOR H1 show a consistent growth with a strong financial performance in H1.The company supplies work wear to companies across the UK, as well as linen and cleaning services for hotels and restaurants.

The new high-volume plant in Leeds is on track for launch in Q2 2020. The site is 45,000 sq. feet with an anticipated production of circa 300,000 pieces per week of volume from current Leeds distribution hub and circa 200,000 pieces per week from other sites.

Peter Egan, chief executive officer of Johnson Service Group, commented: “This is a strong performance reflecting excellent sales growth, the benefits of recent acquisitions and continued high levels of customer retention across all market sectors. We are particularly pleased with the strength and quality of our organic performance which has been achieved by investing capital in our operations giving increased production capacity to meet growing customer demand. We will continue to invest in our sites, including the completion of the new Leeds plant, allowing us to benefit from production efficiency gains as well as creating additional capacity in order to further increase revenues going forward. There is good momentum in the Group and we have started the second half strongly. In view of the encouraging performance over the summer months we anticipate that the results for the year will be slightly ahead of current  expectations.”

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UK-based CleanEx reaches new audience in Hospitality

A brand new event – called Hospitality Expo – will run alongside CleanEx 2020 at Ascot Racecourse venue in April next year.

The event will be aimed at procurement managers, general managers and housekeepers from hotels across the country. Attendees will benefit from meeting with exhibitors at Hospitality Expo as well as take part in workshops and seminars aimed at the hotel housekeeping industry.

Attendees visiting Hospitality Expo will also visit CleanEx 2020 and see what innovations, products and services the leading industry suppliers are exhibiting.  Those already exhibiting at CleanEx 2020 will have access to a whole new audience.

Mark Gleed from MEG Events: “We are working with the UKHA to finalise the details. By incorporating Hospitality Expo to the event, CleanEx 2020 really will be the UK Expo event for anyone connected to the textiles, laundry, cleaning and housekeeping industry.”

Lorraine Dale, national chairperson for the UKHA said: “We are very excited to introduce our first Hospitality Expo in conjunction with CleanEx 2020. Our aim is to ensure our members are kept up to date at all times and to highlight housekeeping as a career of choice.”

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News from Northern UK – When football and laundry meet …

A former footballer turned laundry entrepreneur has agreed to sell part of his business to commercial laundry business, Fishers.

The company has acquired the laundry division of Banchory-based Deeside Cleaners from former Aberdeen FC defender Doug Considine.  Fishers washes, dries and irons more than two million items a week from six sites across Scotland and the North of England. Considine will stay on in a part-time role.

Michael Jones – managing director at Fishers -states: “Deeside has built up a fantastic business with great customers whose needs we will work tirelessly to meet. I am excited to conclude this deal with Doug and that he has agreed to stay on and work with us, firstly to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain regular contact with customers, many of whom he’s been working with for many years, then to help us to further develop our business in the Aberdeen area.”

Considine – now 62 – has spent almost four decades in the business, states: “I look forward to working with Fishers over the next few years and to having more time to spend with my family and friends.”

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Armstrong launched new Spare Parts Online Shop

UK-based Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems has recently launched a new online ordering system for spare parts.

At its warehouse in Newbury, the company carries over 20,000 lines of spare parts for most leading manufacturers including Alliance, Amazon, Cissell, Electrolux, GMP, Huebsch, Ipso, Loadstar, Laco, Lapauw, Maytag, Primus, Rotondi, Schulthess, SpeedQueen, Twinstar, and Unimac. The new online ordering system offers a simple search facility allowing searches by part number or manufacturer.  If the part required isn’t immediately available off the shelf, then Armstrong will endeavour to source it.

Delivery is by courier or Royal Mail, and express next day or special timed delivery is offered for urgent parts. Standard next day delivery is free for all orders over £75.

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Electrolux unveils small-footprint range

Electrolux Professional has unveiled two low-footprint additions to its new Line 6000 portfolio of commercial laundry equipment: the WH6-6 washer and TD6-7 dryer. The machines which can be sited side-by-side or stacked in a tower configuration – taking up just 0.4m2 of floor space – can process up to 70kg of laundry per day.

The WH6-6 has a drum volume of 53L and a maximum dry weight capacity of 6kg per cycle. It features a front-loaded detergent box with separate bleach compartment and five detergent pumps, and is suitable for either powder or liquid detergents.

The TD6-7 dryer benefits from a moveable display which can be sited at the top or bottom of the machine. Thus the control panel remains within easy reach for operators when the two machines are stacked in series.Both machines are available in models which can offer Electrolux Professional’s lagoon® Advanced Care wet cleaning technology.

Mick Christian – the company’s regional training and demonstration manager states: “The pressures facing the professional laundry industry are ever changing, and many sites are feeling the pinch when it comes to available floor space. Our latest additions to the Line 6000 range are the perfect blend of sustainable performance and compact footprint.”

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New operations director for Johnsons Workwear

Paul Carr has been appointed as the new operations director for Johnsons Workwear. He has worked in the business since he was 17 years old and began his career in the washroom in the company’s Hull plant. Paul has been promoted to the company’s most senior operations role from his position as area operations manager for the North Region.

Paul states: “I’m looking forward to supporting the company’s operations strategy as we continue to progress and grow organically. As a service industry, our success depends on our people and the quality of our service to our customers. We are very people-focused, with an open, family-business culture where employees are actively supported with their career development. They are encouraged to thrive and grow and I believe that empowering and engaging people creates a stable and solid business. I want everyone within our business to understand their role and why they are so important.”

Managing director for Johnsons Workwear Helen Wood said: “Johnsons Workwear has many clear examples of people who can achieve great careers within our company and industry and Paul is a shining example that people can look up to. We look forward to working with him, as part of the senior team, to help take our business from strength to strength.”

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The Laundry Experience Event 2019: Doing business at the highest level

On Friday 13th September The Laundry Experience Event 2019 officially opened its doors. More than 300 visitors already registered before the official opening. It is expected that about 1250 visitors will participate in this event on both days.

The Laundry Experience Event was organized for the second time by VEMATEX, this year at Wasserij Clova in Wommelgem, Belgium. The location quickly filled with interested parties for the various presentations and practical demonstrations by 18 technical partners from the industry. The latest products and services for the industry are displayed on the supplier’s stands. Of course there was also a lot of attention for Robin, the new robot from Laundry Robotics. This new Dutch development is a hot item and marks the arrival of robot technology in our industry. There was also a lot of interest in the tours through Wasserij Clova.

The FTN Energy Prize 2019 and the Dutch Best Practices Awards will be presented on Friday evening. The Dutch PTC Best Practices Awards is a chapter of CINET’s Global Best Practices Awards Program 2019-2020, whose Final will take place in Frankfurt, during Texcare International (June, 20-22, 2020). Retail Textile Cleaning companies from The Netherlands with a high focus on best practices were invited to join the Awards Program.

Saturday, September 14; Marketing & Communication in textile cleaning
Tomorrow is the second day of the event. This day there will also be various workshops and demonstrations, such as the workshops Marketing & communication, Laundry on demand developments, Fashion as a key partner for professional textile care and One-stop shopping in the year 2019: from dry cleaning to smarter! An exciting program with lots of practical news.

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World of PTC Business School website redesigned

New training questions to test your knowledge in the e-learning curricula of THE WORLD OF PTC – BUSINESS SCHOOL

Do you want to become a Master in PTC? The e-learning curricula of The World of PTC – Business School is being updated continuously, with outstanding new courses materials, recent case studies, as well as translated versions for several languages. One of the newest additions to the online platform is the new set of questions that will test the knowledge of the (online) trainees on all Levels, for both Retail Textile Cleaning (RTC) and Industrial Textile Services (ITS).

All you have to do in order to become a Master in PTC is to join the online courses that match your profile, go through the curricula and pass the exams! Good luck. More info, on the e-learning curricula of The World of PTC Business School – here!  

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 World of PTC – Business School: the learning experience in Professional Textile Care tailored to your needs!

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!

More on how to become a Master in PTC – here!  

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