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These are The French Best Practices Awards 2019 winners!

Formidable! This is the word that can describe the level of quality and innovation of the French PTC companies that participated at The French Best Practices Awards 2019, that took place at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, during JET EXPO 2019 in Paris, France (May 19-21).
The French Best Practices Awards were organized in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt France. This event was one on the Pre-selections chapters in CINET’s Global Best Practices Awards Program 2019-2020, whose Final will take place in Frankfurt, during Texcare International (June, 20-22, 2020).

The trophies
The winners were the following:
Retail Textile Cleaning (RTC) segment:

  • Overall Best Practices (Grand prix des meilleures pratiques): KUNZ SAS
  • Sustainability (Prix du développement durable): KUNZ SAS
  • Innovation Award (Prix de l’ innovation): TYKAZ

Retail Textile Cleaning segment winners. Mr. Cedric Dekeyser (left, Atyom), Mr. Peter Wennekes (right, President & CEO of CINET), Mr. Michael Scherpe (President of Messe Frankfurt France), congratulating the winners (Kunz SAS, KTM and TYKAZ)

Franchises (BIG RTC) segment:

  • Overall Best Practices (Grand prix des meilleures pratiques): KTM
  • Sustainability (Grand prix des meilleures pratiques): KTM

Industrial Textile Services (ITS) segment:

  • Overall Best Practices Award (Grand prix des meilleures pratiques): LOSA CLEAN
  • Sustainability (Prix du développement durable): BIH 77
  • Innovation (Prix de l’ innovation): PROBLANC
The ITS segment winners, congratulated by the French Best Practices Awards Jury, Mr. Peter Wennekes (right, President & CEO of CINET) and Mr. Michael Scherpe (left, President of Messe Frankfurt France)

The overall best practices winners at The French Awards were invited at the GBPA2020 Final in Frankfurt. The other participating companies will enter the global awards program as well.

Sponsors French Best Practices Awards:


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JET EXPO 2019 in Paris (May 18-21), a successful event!

The 8th edition of JET EXPO, that took place in Paris, France at Expo Porte de Versailles (May 19-21, 2019) brought together international professionals of the Textile Care Industry, in the context of a French market valued around €3 billion a year. JET Expo is the French leading trade show for Professional Textile Care (PTC), dedicated to the maintenance of fabrics and finished textile products for the public and textile industries, organised by Messe Frankfurt France. There were three days that enabled the visitors to discover the latest developments in terms of machines, equipment, products and services developed by all the players in the sector. Several industry workshops and experts meetings took place during JET EXPO, including forum activities and a CINET program.

Jet Expo is an event tailored for both suppliers and public/private users: Drycleaners, Launderettes, Laundries, Rental services, On-demand services, Hospital centers, Medico-social services, Hospitality, Local authorities, etc.



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CINET Activity Program during JET EXPO 2019, an outstanding success!

At JET EXPO 2019 in Paris, France, CINET organized a full Activity Program that was received with enthusiasm by the participants. The CINET General Assembly (Sunday, May 19th) was marked by an impressive attendance consisting of more than 40 representatives of CINET members: national associations, individual companies (Retail Textile Cleaning and Industrial Textile Services), suppliers, experts and research institutes.

The European Associations Meeting
The European Associations Meeting (Sunday, May 19th) brought together the representatives of the European PTC National Associations. The round table talks revolved around the common and specific challenges throughout Europe and on ways to strengthen the cooperation at the continental level.

First meeting of the European Associations, outline the program and plans for next events

WOPCOM Experts Meetings
The WOPCOM Experts Meetings (Sunday, May 19th – RTC and Monday, May 21st – ITS) marked the first and extremely successful reunions of some of the 25 new platform’s experts, with fruitful discussions, debate and plans for intensifying the WOPCOM’s contribution in sharing ideas that will stimulate innovation for the development of the entire Professional Textile Care industry.

Passionate discussion for new topics addressed by WOPCOM experts

French Best Practices Awards 2019
Organized by CINET in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt France, The French Best Practices Awards event took place during JET EXPO 2019 and it was one of the Pre-selections chapters in CINET’s Global Best Practices Awards Program 2019-2020, whose Final will take place in Frankfurt, during Texcare International (June, 20-22, 2020).

KUNZ SAS (RTC segment), KTM (Big RTC segment) and LOSA CLEAN (ITS segment) were the Overall Winners at The French Best Practices Awards 2019. The sponsors of the French Awards were Inforum and Kreussler.

Retail Textile Cleaning segment winners. Mr. Cedric Dekeyser (left, Atyom), Mr. Peter Wennekes (right, President & CEO of CINET), Mr. Michael Scherpe (President of Messe Frankfurt France), congratulating the winners (Kunz SAS, KTM and TYKAZ)
The ITS segment winners, congratulated by the French Best Practices Awards Jury, Mr. Peter Wennekes (right, President & CEO of CINET) and Mr. Michael Scherpe (left, President of Messe Frankfurt France)

Company visits
CINET organized company visits for the international participants willing to witness the focus on quality of some of the most outstanding retail textile cleaning shop in the French capital. The international delegation consisted of executives from retail textile cleaning and industrial textiles companies, as well as national associations around the world.
The first stop for the delegation was at Pressing de la Madeleine, an amazing shop in the heart of Paris, in the vicinity of Opera Garnier. From major brands such as Louis Vutton to international movie stars as Monica Bellucci, this shop is serving its customers with a variety of services of high quality for 35 years. Mr. Maurice Benhamou, CEO and owner of Pressing de la Madeleine, presented the key elements of the company’s operation. Among these, the attention to details, from the reception to the finishing, the space optimisation, the innovative steam generating system and the customer care.

Mr. Benhamou, presenting his company                The happy clientele includes some movie stars

The second stop was at Netomatique, situated in the middle of the vibrant 9th Arrondissement in Paris. The international delegation was impressed by the plurivalence of the company’s small, but dedicated team, as well as by the CRM system and the efficient operations flow.

A warm welcome at Netomatique Paris


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Dave Flattem strengthens Canada-based MIP sales team

MIP – a leading global supplier of high performance reusable healthcare products – has appointed Dave Flattem as a sales consultant. He will be responsible for business development in the Midwest USA as well as “special projects” as required.

Mark Mann, VP of sales: “With an entire career in healthcare and more than 30 years of those years specialising in healthcare laundry, acute and senior living environments, Dave has the experience needed and will make an immediate and lasting positive impact on our customers.”

MIP is a Canadian company and was founded by Jerry Friedman in 1977 as the first manufacturer and supplier of adult reusable briefs designed to meet the needs of incontinent adults. Today, the group sells its products in Canada, the United States and internationally in more than 27 countries, with offices and facilities in Europe with MIP Europe GMBH, headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Med-I-Pant UK Ltd. (MIP UK) in the United Kingdom and many of the other European countries are served including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. Customers are supplied with a broad range of textile products, services and solutions in all markets – including large and small laundries, distributors, hospitals and long term care facilities.

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China PTC Conference and company visits 24-27 September 2019

China Laundry Association (CLA) and CINET will organize an international visitors program for China in September next, covering a China PTC-conference, company visits, visit to Texcare Asia as well as a cultural program.

Company visits
The company visits  are planned on September 26th and 27th, at both Retail Textile Cleaning and Industrial Textile Services outstanding operations in Shanghai, including FORNET facilities as Overall winner of the Global Best Practices Awards 2018 in both categories Retail Textile Cleaning and Industrial Textile Services.

China PTC Conference
The China PTC conference (September 24th, 2019) will involve topics such as:

  • End user’s needs and requirements;
  • New market opportunities in order to increase business to current and new markets;
  • Innovative business models in Retail Textile Cleaning and Industrial Textile Services;
  • Innovation in procesand enabling technologies (digitalisation, robotisation etc.).

Exciting market growth and opportunities
According to recent international research, the global Professional Textile Care market is predicting to double its value in the next 5 years. So the dynamics in Professional Textile Care and opportunities are huge for the years to come.

Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo
With just five months to go until this year’s edition of Texcare Asia and China Laundry Expo, over 70% of booth space has already been reserved! Make sure you apply for your booth quickly to join one of the most crucial trade fairs for textile laundry and cleaning innovations. Joining us can help you maximise business growth, strengthen your position in China’s textile care market, and expand your business network to the most influential audience possible.

A number of key players have now confirmed their space for 2019, with over 300 global brands from over 20 countries and regions expecting to join this year. This already includes the likes of Alliance, BÖWE, Chuandao, Electrolux, Hanor Union, Jensen, Kannegiesser, Kreussler, Little Duck, Miele, Oasia, Sankosha, Sea-Lion, Seitz, Solunar, Weishi and more!

Find here more information about the CINET international visitors program and here to reserve a stand at the TXCA&CLE.

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News from Brazil – CHT Brasil and Biochemical join forces

In order to deliver better services and supply CHT Brasil Quimica Ltda. and Biochemical Produtos Químicos agreed to cooperate in the Brazilian Textile Care market.  The collaboration includes all the application fields of industrial laundries and large-scale laundries e.g. hotels. Since 1976 CHT BRASIL has played an important role as one of the leading companies within the Brazilian textile chemical market. Their production plant in Cajamar, close to Sao Paulo, is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified.

The company provides a variety of innovative auxiliaries for textile, textile care, construction and General Industries business. Customers are supported with local laboratory service and technical assistance. Market coverage is stated to be not only the Brazilian market, but also the markets in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Recently the CHT Group also announced to have become the chemical partner for sustainably printed, biodegradable textiles at Lidl. The textiles are produced with CHT print pastes and pigments and were certificated by the internationally active consulting institute EPEA GmbH – Part of Drees & Sommer according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold Standard. With this pilot project the companies demonstrate their sense of responsibility for people and the environment as well as their commitment in the field of circular economy.

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Diversity increase at German Haniel Group by new corporate staff function

Velina Allerkamp (38) has been appointed Senior Vice President Strategy at Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH, effective May 15th, 2019. To ensure a continuous development of a strategy for Haniel and the Group, this function has been newly created as a corporate staff function. In addition to her role as Head Corporate Development at CWS, Velina has already supported the work on the reorientation of the Haniel Group since March 2019.

Velina brings a wealth of experience in portfolio management and strategy development to this new role. She will be responsible for the overarching Haniel strategy process and support the company’s portfolio companies in defining and sharpening their strategic agenda. Thomas Schmidt, incoming Chairman of the Haniel Management Board: “I’m delighted to have Velina join our team. She is the right choice to actively develop and execute a strategy that allows Haniel to meet its ambitious targets.”

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Launch innovative 24-Hour Full-Service Concierge in US: dry-cleaning pick-up included!

Valet Living – a leading US provider of premium home-related amenity services for residential living, recently announced the first 24/7 Valet Living Home concierge community at One Uptown Dallas, exclusively. On-site, residents can rely on the delivery of amenity services including: dry cleaning pick-up, wash-and-fold laundry services, home cleaning, pet visits, on-demand trash service pickup and package delivery with added options for in-home drop-off.

Patti Girardi, the company’s CMO : “Offering a 24-hour concierge service at One Uptown is just another way our company is adapting to the ever changing needs and lifestyle shifts of today’s residents.” The mobile app can be accessed by approximately 25,000 homes, including 2,000 in the greater Dallas area. First introduced last year, the app is designed exclusively for the multifamily industry to give apartment residents access to all the amenity services they want, conveniently in one app, further making their lives easier in the process.

For property managers, Valet Living Home saves time (approximately 65 hours a month) and resources (almost $2,000 a month) with an end to end solution from the package carrier into the apartment home. With decades of experience, Valet Living is a respected brand and integrated by property managers nationwide, to further add value for their residents.

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Italy-based Seko acquires Brightwell Dispensers in the UK

Italy-based chemical dosing and control technology specialist Seko Group has completed the acquisition of Brightwell Dispensers in the UK.

Founded over 70 years ago, Brightwell manufactures soap and paper dispensers, chemical dilution systems and dish wash and laundry dosing solutions. The company will continue to operate under its own name as a separate entity to Seko, retaining its existing R&D, sales, marketing and administration functions.

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Christeyns supports mental health in the workplace

The Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 has recently taken place in the UK.  According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness.  Working conditions and the workplace environment can have a huge impact on mental health and can consequently influence performance at work.

Chemical and laundry engineering specialist Christeyns firmly believes it is part of an organisations’ responsibilities to take a proactive, preventive approach to employee mental ill health and was fully supportive of the awareness week. During the course of the week the firm focused on a different mental health topic each day.

Christeyns HR manager Sarah Dufton: “In our business, health and safety is an absolute priority. Mental health wellbeing forms part of this agenda and is just as important as physical illness. As an employer, we have a large part to play in building awareness and understanding. Following a review last year of our mental health support offerings and policies, we have invested a considerable portion of our HR budget into this important area.”

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