Wednesday, December 19, 2012

News: Xeros secures export order for "virtually waterless" washing machine


Xeros Ltd, the Rotherham-based innovator of a "virtually waterless" laundry cleaning system, has signed up its first hotel in the US.

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 518-room Hyatt Regency Reston in Virginia has installed the eco-friendly commercial scale Xeros washing machine to expertly launder the guest room and dining room linens and bath towels using less water, less chemicals and less energy than traditional methods.

Xeros' patented technology has been developed over the past 30 years by textile chemistry professor Stephen Burkinshaw. The Xeros system was installed at a first site in America in August, at Sterling Linen Services, a high-quality linen processing and rental service for area hotels, hospitals and restaurants, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Bill Westwater, chief executive officer of Xeros Ltd, said: "We're excited to work with a premier hotel such as the Hyatt Regency Reston. Our revolutionary cleaning system will provide the Hyatt with dramatic savings in laundry and utility costs per year, as well as superior cleaning for guest comfort and convenience."

Xeros is expecting further interest with an official roll-out to the commercial laundry marketplace at the 2013 Clean Show in New Orleans.

A household sized machine is in development for launch in 2014.

Backed by funding from investors and research grants, work on a washing system of comparable size, appearance and cost to conventional front loading machines that are used in millions of homes across the country is producing results. When compared to these machines, independent analysis by URS has estimated that a Xeros domestic system would slash energy use by half and reduce water consumption by up to 80 per cent. It would also cut CO2 emissions per wash by 25 per cent.

Xeros website



Anonymous,  March 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM  

These sound great and would be a great product line for commercial laundry suppliers like to add to their ever growing green machines :)

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