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Mr. Halsey M. Cook Jr, the new President and CEO of Milliken & Company

Milliken & Company’s board of directors announced the appointment of Mr. Halsey M. Cook Jr. as President and CEO. Until now, Mr. Cook was the president and CEO for Sonepar USA, a global distributor of electrical products. His main goal in the new role is to introduce change where the organization can further leverage an emphasis on innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer care.

With a history of over 150 years and having its corporate headquarters located in Spartanburg, North Carolina, Milliken & Company is active across a wide range of disciplines including specialty chemical products used in the professional textile care industry. The company has 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Certex®: Lavans certified on base of ISO9001:2015

Lavans in Helmond can be added to the list of companies that have implemented the new Certex® Manual (edition 2017) and herewith meet the requirements to be ISO 9001:2015 certified! Recently the re-certification was finalized successfully.

Lavans is now allowed to show the Certex® Quality Management System Certificate, meaning ISO 9001 standards are met, as well as NEN-EN 14065 RABC, the standard that surveys on specific hygiene risks within a laundry. The RABC-standard can be compared to the well-known HACCP-standard in the catering industry.

Certex® benchmark since years!
In the Netherlands Certex® acquired a solid position in industrial textile service. Based on the international acknowledged standards ISO9001:2015 and EN 14065 “Textiles – Laundry processed textiles – Biocontamination control system”. Certex® is developed by the Dutch association for textile service companies together with the Dutch union for quality in hospitals. The established requirements and criteria, with specific values for microbial contamination, were adopted by the Dutch Working Group Infection Prevention in the guideline “Linnen in Hospitals”.

Get started with Cerclean®!
The development of such a complete and effective quality and hygiene management system is challenging. To help companies CINET developed Cerclean®, a comprehensive program offering full support to enable anyone to gain essential knowledge. By following the step-by-step approach, a comprehensive quality management and hygiene management system is implemented. A system tailored to the individual company, processes and customers in various market segments in which they operate.

Certificates icing on the cake
After audits by certified auditors and approval by the CINET International Certification committee, a Cerclean® certificate will be granted. Certificates prove conformity to the requirements. These reflect international standards and international best practices which are the foundations of the CERCLEAN® program!
After acquiring the Cerclean® certificates, companies can take the next step and acquire the accredited Certex® certificate. A small step since Cerclean® is derived from and based on Certex® so the audit should be barely more than a formality.

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Kannegiesser’s focus on automation and total service concepts; a full report

In June Kannegiesser organized it’s private Expo in the Exhibition Hall in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. The expo lasted for a week and generated a lot of positive reactions. Kannegiesser hosted over 2,000 customers and colleagues from over 50 different countries. New innovations were showcased in the expo so customers can see and discuss what innovations could be of use to them. On 76,000 sq feet nearly every machine and system they have to offer, presented like ‘a laundry that is actually operational’ from soil sorting, to wash & dry, to finishing and garment systems.

Availability of the machinery and so the process is key for non-stop success

 

Newly introduced were several solutions for automation and robotics. The GripMaster robotic sorting machine with 3D camera technology is enabling laundries to process textiles fully automated after the (manual) sorting process. Apart from that specific hygiene concepts were developed like Qualitex; a quality-assurance process that measures and tests wash liqueurs during the laundering process to evaluate, control and document hygiene.

Increasingly Kannegiesser is offering specific customer concepts to laundries to aid the trend of specialization and a stronger focus on specific customer needs. An example is the concept specifically designed for care homes, achieving maximum productivity in the smallest areas with minimum resources consumption. The system uses X-Sort for simple and safe sorting of textiles, keeps goods together with individual batch processing, coordinated machines in the finishing area and so more productivity with fewer staff.

 

 

 

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Schaeffer Assumes Presidency of TCATA

Schaeffer Assumes Presidency of TCATA (USA)

At the closing dinner of the 2018 Annual Management and Educational Conference Leslie Schaeffer, vice president of National Clothesline based near Philadelphia, was installed as the incoming president of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA). She will serve a two-year term as president.

Schaeffer has been very active in TCATA having served on annual conference committees, as chair of both the site selection and membership committees, and as a board member. Schaeffer is the first female president of the Association, and the first to serve from the “related trades” category, meaning the first that is not a manufacturer or distributor.

John Silverman of Tschopp Supply, Buffalo, New York, assumed the role of Treasurer. He has been active in TCATA, including serving currently on the Membership Committee. Also elected as officers were Peter Limoncelli of Yankee Laundry Equipment, elected vice president of the Distribution Division; Michael Leeming of Parker Boiler, elected vice president of the Machinery Manufacturers Division; and Gene Williams of American Laundry Products, elected vice president of Supply Manufacturers Division.

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Start-up Klin revolutionizes the traditional laundry service

Start-up Klin; new online laundry services (Luxembourg)

In October 2017, Pit Zens and Antoine Hron created the start-up Klin, introducing online laundry and dry cleaning services. The service is fully digital, ecological and available for individuals and businesses. Users can place an order online, from their computer, at home or at the office.

The company currently covers three areas in Luxemburg: the south of the Grand Duchy, Luxembourg-city and the region of Niederanven, Contern and Moutfort. Depending on its geographical location, the user can select the courier passage for the collection or delivery of his laundry (from 7am to 22h weekdays and Saturdays from 9am to 16h). The service is also accessible to companies wishing to organize a laundry service for their employees.

An important aspect of Klin’s business model is the fact that the company uses intelligent machines capable of estimating the quantity of laundry in the drum and proposing the right dosage of water and solvent. Thus, the start-up can achieve 20 to 30% savings per wash.

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Lavoir Moderne raises 3 million euros

Lavoir Moderne raises 3 million euros (France)

The laundry service Lavoir Moderne has succesfully raised three million euros in investment in order to expand its services outside Paris in France  and several European capitals. The company also plans to develop a second laundry facility of 2,000m2 in the Val d’Oise and a 10,000m2 factory in the same region in June 2019 and expects to raise 8 million euros next autumn.

Investors include well established names in France, like Industry Capital, Centuria Capital, Denis Duverne (Axa) and Axel Plasse (Renault- Nissan). Lavoir Modern claims it consumes “five times less water than a traditional dry cleaner to clean a kilo of laundry,” uses “ironing robots processing 100 shirts per hour against 10 to 12 in a traditional laundry, with a capacity of delivery of clothes in 30 minutes”.

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Bardusch Poland soon to open new production facility in Bochnia

Bardusch Poland soon to open new production facility in Bochnia

German provider of professional and protective clothing Bardusch Poland, a subsidiary of Bardusch, has announced that it will create 100 jobs at its new production facility in Bochnia. The plant will be located in the Bochnia Economic Activity Zone, Poland. It is expected to be launched by the end of 2018, and about 70% of positions will be created in the production department.

Bardusch was founded in 1871 in Germany. Currently, the company operates in Germany, France, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland and employing 4,000 people. The company provides professional and protective clothing as well as the full laundry services to bakeries, catering providers, shops, hotels, and hospitals. In Poland, the company has been operating since 1998.

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Century Linen & Uniform and Up To Date Laundry have joined the Healthcare Linen Alliance

Century Linen & Uniform and Up To Date Laundry have joined the Healthcare Linen Alliance (USA)

Century Linen & Uniform and Up To Date Laundry have joined the Healthcare Linen Alliance. The Healthcare Linen Alliance is one of the largest commercial healthcare linen services providers in the US, serving more than 120,000 hospitals daily and over 1,800 customers.

Century Linen & Uniform was founded more than 100 years ago and serves the Northeast region of the United States. With processing facilities in New York State, the company is locally owned and operated. Focused on service and technology Century utilizes mobile handheld devices and incorporates RFID technology for streamlined tracking and reporting. Century Linen & Uniform provides services to healthcare providers as well as hospitality and industrial customers throughout the region.

Up To Date Laundry is one of the largest healthcare laundries on the East Coast and has been serving its community for over 72 years. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946, the company offers rental and customer-owned-goods processing of nearly 60 million pounds of linen for healthcare providers every year. Up To Date is one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the Baltimore area with a service reach across the greater Mid-Atlantic region including Delaware, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and the panhandle of West Virginia.

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Carrington shows award-nominated fabric

Carrington shows award-nominated fabric (UK)

Carrington Textiles will exhibit its Stretch workwear range at the Professional Clothing Show, which takes place at ExCel London on 19-21 June. The range is shortlisted in the Best Fabric & Fibre category at the Professional Clothing Awards. Carrington will also launch its new Hudson 200 fabric and showcase a range of fabrics available with a Sanitized antimicrobial finish.

Carrington’s Stretch range has comfort and durability at its core. Garments can flex and respond without placing strain on their construction. In addition, they keep their stretch performance throughout extended wear and wash cycles – including industrial laundering. The Sanitized antimicrobial finish protects the fabric against bacterial growth and odours, making it ideal for healthcare professionals and those working in medical environments, as well as hospitality, retail and food processing industries. The Hudson 200 fabric has been developed for workers requiring a lightweight but hardwearing material in demanding environments. This durable fabric is ideal for trousers and jackets and comes with a moisture management finish where temperature control is key.

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BÜFA Care 4.0 method efficient in reducing ironing

BÜFA Care 4.0 method efficient in reducing ironing (Germany)

The BÜFA Care 4.0 method is a wet cleaning process that is based on four textile care products: the liquid washing agent Ozerna Polar, the finishing agent Lizerna Carat, the neutraliser Lizerna Sept, and the Lizerna Conditioner. One of its main advantages is that it can offer very good results when wet cleaning challenging, ready-to-wear and delicate festive fashion clothes. Furthermore it succeeds in reducing the amount of ironing and pressing necessary.

The method insures laundries can even wet-clean delicate woollen jackets and coats, according to the Büfa reports, with excellent results at what concerns the appearance and feel of the fabrics. The complete process and operating schedule is simplified and the overall process time is reduced to just 60 minutes. Furthermore, a pre-sorting in regards of fabrics, material composition or weight of the textile are taken to be not necessary any more. The apparel is just sorting in regards of its colour into light coloured and dark coloured items.

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