Wednesday, May 7, 2014

News: Xeros system works out at athletic club

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The Capital Athletic Club in Sacremento, California has dramatically reduced its water consumption after installing an award-winning laundry system from Rotherham-based, Xeros.


Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Xeros is a Leeds University spin-out that 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. Recently admitted to AIM, Xeros is commercialising the system which uses at least 70% less water, up to 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent.

California is facing the worst drought in the state's history and some cities are asking businesses to cut water use by 35%. The Capital Athletic Club, a 52,000 sq ft health club with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, has reduced water usage for laundry washed with the new machine so far by nearly 50%.

By combining the beads' molecular structure with a proprietary detergent solution, dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the beads, producing cleaner results. The reusable beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled for reintroduction into the polymer supply chain.

Xeros has targeted the commercial laundry market in the US and over 20 systems have been supplied to high-profile customers in its target commercial laundry and hospitality sectors, since it opened its North American office, in Manchester, New Hampshire, last September.

Rick Leonard, executive director of The Capital Athletic Club, said: "This is the third year of record-low rainfall in California and we aim to do our part in water conservation. Xeros' green and sustainable laundry system enables us to dramatically reduce our water, energy and detergent usage while delivering exceptional cleaning results for our members."

Jonathan Benjamin, president, Xeros North America, added: "Water conservation is a critical issue for California and the world. Our clients have experienced a reduction of up to nearly 80% in water usage with the Xeros Laundry System.

"With Xeros, The Capital Athletic Club is able to deal with this serious environmental issue while improving cleaning effectiveness, increasing the life of laundered garments and reducing costs."

Xeros recently won Bronze in the Energy/Sustainability category for its virtually waterless commercial laundry system at the Edison Awards 2014 in San Francisco.

In addition, Xeros was named University Spin-Out of the Year in the New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014, in London, which recognise companies that have played a pivotal role in the development of the green energy and cleantech industries.

Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, said: "It is always special for the company to be recognised as a green game-changer with such prestigious awards. However, to win two awards, on the same night, in San Francisco and London, is certainly a first for Xeros.

"It's a testament to the global relevance of Xeros bead cleaning and the fantastic efforts from Xeros teams in both the US and the UK."

Xeros website

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