Industrial laundry refers to laundering activities on a large scale. At CINET we’ve defined this industry at the Professional Textile Service (TS) industry. An industrial laundry can either be an on premise laundry (OPL) or an independant laundry company that offers a service. Large institutions (restaurants, hotels, hospitals, industries) that usually require a constant flow of clean linen, work wear or uniforms, can thus employ the services of an industrial laundry. Hotels, for example, need clean bed linen, bathrobes and bath towels. This is usually done on a contract-basis for several years.
Industrial laundry services
Industrial laundries are large scale laundries offering turnkey solutions to end users of textiles. The industry features service providers taking care of the garments, the logistics, the quality and the customer satisfaction. Laundries process the textiles in an industrial way, therefore using large scale automated equipment.
Processes automation and information management is very important for industrial laundries, due to the large amount of garments treated. Technologies such as robotics, RFID tags etc. are constantly being developed, in order to ensure better quality of services and improved profitability.
Industrial laundries are extremely effective in terms of water and energy use. Modern sustainable technologies in this field provide significant cost reduction, but also environmental protection.
Segments of the market
The end user markets has four main segments:
1. Industrial work wear
2. Health care (linen and uniforms for hospitals, elderly homes etc.)
3. Hospitality (linen from hotels, restaurants etc.)
4. Others (mats, dust control, wash room services)