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Carrington introduces Satinized Silver technology for antimicrobial textiles

Carrington introduces Satinized Silver technology for antimicrobial textiles

Carrington, is a leading producer of workwear fabrics in the UK, producing over 50 million metres of fabric annually, and exporting to more than 75 countries worldwide. It has recently presented a novel technology of wash-resistant, antimicrobial textiles for the healthcare industry under the name Satinized Silver. Taking into account that in health care, the spread of germs and secondary infections through service clothing is a significant threat, the temperature-resistant “Sanitized Silver” equipment technology represents an interesting solution.

Sanitized Silver delivers safety in hygiene and healthcare products, and protects from bacterial growth and odors. The technology is based on the antibacterial effects of silver and expands those properties to fabrics. By using silver ions embedded in an innovative carrier system, free from any nano particles, the technology claims to offer significant benefits, not only in hospitals but in primary care – including doctors and dentists’ surgeries, clinics, nursing homes and residential homes for the elderly.

The Sanitized treatment is environmentally safe, conforms to bluesign and Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX and retains an extremely high antibacterial effect, even after multiple industrial washes. It can be applied to a wide range of fabrics that are used for different applications in medical environments – including garments and bedding.

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Kunz Pressing creates Atelier de Lisette training organization

Kunz Pressing creates Atelier de Lisette training organization in France

Kunz Pressing has recently developed the Atelier de Lisette, its own training organization, to enable everyone to understand and master the techniques related to the laundry business. By doing this, the company plans to support its expanding network of stores all over France. The training organization, located in the heart of La Roche-sur-Foron, provides training ranging from four days to one month depending on level and specialization. Beyond the initial training of each Kunz Pressing licensee, the workshop is also open to all professionals in the business.

The Kunz network is expanding with entrepreneurs choosing to invest in a family franchise. According to the company, seven new stores opened since the begining of this year and 10 more are still expected the following months. The plans include an expansion to Paris, Grenoble and Chamonix.

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Elis acquires Wäscherei Waiz in Germany

Elis acquires Wäscherei Waiz in Germany

Elis has recently announced it has acquired 100% of Wäscherei Waiz GmbH in Germany. The closing of the transaction is subject to standard regulatory conditions and shall occur at the beginning of June. Wäscherei Waiz is a family business that runs one laundry near Nuremberg. It generated revenues of 10 million euros in 2017. The company is fully dedicated to flat linen treatment for Healthcare clients for both short and long stays.

With this transaction, Elis continues the consolidation of its footprint in Germany in the dynamic Healthcare segment. Thus, Elis continues to consolidate in the German market with this acquisition in the Northern part of Bavaria, a region where Elis was not previously present.

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Hydro Systems introduced EvoClean water-powered laundry dispenser

Hydro Systems introduced EvoClean water-powered laundry dispenser

Hydro Systems, an independent manufacturer of proportioning and dispensing systems, introduced EvoClean, a venturi-based, water-powered laundry dispenser for on-premise laundry (OPL) applications with three to eight chemical products. EvoClean does not require squeeze tubes, leading to big reductions in service parts and maintenance costs. It also secures less downtime and predictably clean results for laundries.

To reduce water and energy consumption, the EvoClean employs an eductor that restricts water flow to 0.5 GPM or 1.0 GPM (nominally) and forgoes the use of AC and DC motors, which require more power to operate. The EvoClean is 50 percent lighter than other traditional peristaltic pumps and takes up less space within a laundry facility, leading to simplified installation and maintenance. The system is available in four, six and eight product configurations for two flow rates and is compatible with Hydro Systems’ Total Eclipse Controller.

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Lapauw’s open day in Kortrijk, Belgium, 26-28 April

Lapauw’s open day in Kortrijk, Belgium, 26-28 April

Lapauw’s open day at the company HQ in Kortrijk, Belgium took place in 26-28 April. The company has invited numerous distributors and customers from India, Brazil, Japan, Korea and within the EU in order to present Lapauw’s first venture into tunnel washer manufacturing with its TRANSFlex tunnel washer solution. A complete working set-up of Lapauw’s tunnel washer solution was on show, including press (up to 56 bar pressure), shuttle, dryers, conveyor system and, also in the line-up the C1206 top loading washer extractor.

Visitors had also the chance to inspect Lapauw’s cleanroom solution comprising the two-compartment Mediwash barrier washer with anti-bacterial cladding paired with the Medistream cleanroom dryer. In ironing, the IronMAX has had a new chest design and parallel oil flow pattern offering consistent heat thought the process.

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COBH congress held in Saint-Nazaire, France discusses hospital groupings of territories effects on industrial laundries

COBH congress held in Saint-Nazaire, France discusses hospital groupings of territories effects on industrial laundries

COHB (Comité de l’ Ouest des Blanchisseries Hospitalieres) organized its annual  congress in Saint-Nazaire France so that its members could discuss the effects of hospital groupings of territories on industrial laundries. The 23rd edition of the congress took place on April the 10th with 110 participants and it was followed by a visit to a nearby hospital laundry.

The GHTs (Groupements Hospitaliers de Territoires) has been a major shift for the industry in France, marking a transition to bigger and more sophisticated Hospital Laundries. The Health Law of 2016 promotes GHTs as a new mode of cooperation between public health establishments across a territory. Co-operation around a shared medical project should enable health facilities to treat better and at a lower cost.

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Garnier-Thiebaut launches 100% biodegradable detergent

Garnier-Thiebaut launches 100% biodegradable detergent (France)

Garnier-Thiebaut, a leading weaving company in the region of Vosges, France has developed with Salveco a 100% biodegradable detergent, marking the company’s commitment to environmental protection.

Thanks to a collaborative study six years ago with the French Institute of Textile and Clothing (IFTH) the company decided to develop and produce, with the support of Salveco, a 100% biodegradable and 100% vegetable detergent that is equally effective to a traditional one. The study concluded that if 25% of the environmental impact is due to production, another 75% is directly linked to detergents.

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Girbau presents its new HS-6085 95kg washing machine

Girbau presents its new HS-6085 95kg washing machine (Spain)

Girbau has expanded its HS 6 Series of washer-extractors with the launch of the HS-6085 model with 85-95kg capacity. This fills the gap that previously existed between the smaller HS-6057 (63kg) and range-topping HS-6110 (122kg). Girbau now offers nine different models ranging from 9kg to 122kg in capacity. The HS-6085 washer is designed for medium to high productivity laundries, working with regular loads in the range 85-95kg. It offers a centrifugal spin force of 386G to leaves clothes with residual moisture levels as low as 48%. This high water extraction ability offers laundries significant energy and cost savings in the subsequent drying process.

The model comes with Girbau’s INTELI controls and EasyLoad function for ergonomic loading and unloading without the need for a pneumatic loading system. Girbau’s TILT control is also optional. Girbau’s Smart Load function offers additional in-use economies by automatically weighing loads and optimising water, energy and chemical consumption.

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Institut für Werthaltiges Wirtschaften (IWW) assesses ethics and sustainability in the textile industry

Beirholm gets top marks in the textile industry for sustainability (Denmark)

In recent study Beirholms Væverier was rewarded for occupying the top position in the marketing. Beirholm being a leading Danish company in the sector of high performance textiles that secure a profitable future for linen rental businesses. The Institut für Werthaltiges Wirtschaften (IWW – Switzerland), has recently published a study about ethics and sustainability in the textile industry. The research documents the relative position of companies in relation to sustainability, as well as ethical and responsible conduct.  The results show that Beirholms Væverier is at the cutting edge of this important area, which determines a lot of textile purchases today – and will become even more important, going forward.

To assess the companies’ overall sustainability, the IWW has generated a questionnaire of 90 questions. It covers six areas: facts about the company, commitment to sustainability, corporate conduct, quality management, product lifetime and environmental management.

“Studies like this help to create a broader understanding of the things a responsible industry, such as ours, has to keep on top of to ensure our customers can be confident they are making safe, ethical textile choices for the benefit of their business and end-users,” says Peter Beirholm, Managing Director of Beirholm Focusing efforts on sustainability and ethics is an integral aspect of Beirholm’s development of its textile qualities to perform even better throughout the industrial laundering process.

You can get more information about the research of IWW here.

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LOD cleaning startup Zipjet secures big investment

LOD cleaning startup Zipjet secures big investment (Germany)

Zipjet, the on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service, has announced a seven-figure investment from investors including Henkel Ventures and BSH Home Appliances Group. The news follows strong growth figures for Zipjet with revenue increasing 40% year-on-year. Zipjet is probably Europe’s leading on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service. Founded in 2014, the company today is active in Berlin, London and Paris. The fresh capital will be used for business and product development in Zipjet’s markets in London, Paris and Berlin, and extending the startup’s data science team as well as increasing the marketing budget.

Henkel Ventures is the investment arm of chemical and FMCG company Henkel. Home Appliances is Europe’s largest manufacturer of home appliances, including washing machines. The investment is the start of a strategic partnership with BSH taking up a position on Zipjet’s board and the group set to exchange market knowledge.

On its growth path Zipjet also acquired a London-based competitor in 2016 and a Paris-based competitor in 2017. Since the very beginning Zipjet has been backed by Rocket Internet.

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