Wednesday, October 16, 2013

News: Xeros wins two new prestigious business awards

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Innovative Rotherham company, Xeros has won UK Sector Product of the Year and its chief executive Bill Westwater has been named as UK CEO of the Year in the highly competitive Cleantech category in The Acquisition International Business Excellence Awards.

The Leeds University spin-out, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), has developed a patented system using a unique method of special polymer beads rather than the usual large amounts of fresh water to clean clothes. Instead a small amount of water is added to loosen clothing stains and activate the beads.

The awards identify and honour the most respected companies and their executives, while recognising and rewarding outstanding success, innovation and ethics across international business communities. The awards recognise leaders in their respective fields and, crucially, are nominated by their clients and their peers.

Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, said: "We have a big but simple idea: to convert the traditional world of aqueous washing to Xeros bead cleaning. Our superior cleaning method delivers a whole variety of benefits to people, businesses and the environment.

"The award is a terrific accolade for the team. The last twelve months in particular, have been among the most exciting and challenging for Xeros. Not only did we succeed in raising significant investment to take the business to the next stage, but we also achieved our objective of validating our technology in the States with installations in key segments of the market. We are now well placed to accelerate our journey towards changing the way the world cleans its clothes, forever."

The Xeros cleaning system comprises a special washing machine designed to release the beads into the drum for cleaning, and which then removes the beads from the clothes once the cleaning is complete. With at least 70% less water, up to 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent, the Xeros system delivers superior cleaning results compared to conventional washing. The beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled.

Officially launched at the recent 2013 Clean Show industry conference in New Orleans, the Xeros Cleaning System is being targeted at the hotel industry for their in-house laundry operations. Unsurprising given that the global laundry industry is worth $100 billion per annum.

In 2012 it was chosen by Manchester, New Hampshire's Sterling Linen Services, a high-quality linen processing and rental service for area hotels, hospitals and restaurants. Xeros quickly followed by installing its next system at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, which began using Xeros' proprietary bead cleaning solution for its guest rooms and restaurants.

David Eisenman, general manager of the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, said: "The Xeros technology is truly awesome... equally impressive is the company behind it. Xeros has absolutely delivered on the promises of savings and superior performance."

Earlier this year, Xeros successfully completed a £10m funding round which the company is using to accelerate the roll-out of the commercial laundry cleaning system and finalise the development of a household system to replace conventional washing machines.

Xeros Cleaning website

Images: Xeros

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