With his company John Laithwaite Partners (JLP), the British entrepreneur John Laithwaite has acquired a 50% interest in Schneidereit. Further joint product developments are planned. The latest innovation is the Hyzone disinfection process.
On 19 April 2012, it became official: Schneidereit and John Laithwaite Partners have established a joint venture. “This exciting partnership combines Schneidereit with the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of John Laithwaite and his team. In addition, we have several major elements and objectives in common”, explains Schneidereit Managing Director Philippe Castaignos. John Laithwaite is known in the laundry industry above all for his entrepreneurial skills. With over 350 employees and more than 10,000 pieces of industrial equipment delivered each year, he developed JLA into one of the biggest providers in the world before selling the company in 2010. “The driving force behind the success of JLA was John Laithwaite’s energy and determination to present many industry firsts along with innovative ideas and unique products,” says Castaignos. After their first meeting it became clear that both John Laithwaite in the UK and Schneidereit had developed a similar business model that also includes in particular the full-service contracting of commercial equipment. Similarly, both businesses focussed not just on the individual product, but always on the needs of the customer and offering a complete solution. These commonalities were the key factors in the British businessman’s decision to acquire a 50% stake in Schneidereit (through John Laithwaite Partners). Now the partnership looks forward to further product developments.
The latest Schneidereit innovation is the internationally recognised Hyzone disinfection process, which makes it possible to disinfect fabrics efficiently in terms of both energy and cost. It destroys dangerous bacteria and viruses including the most highly resistant spore forming pathogens such as Clostridium difficile. The technology is based on the system’s own production of ozone from simple drinking water. According to information provided by Schneidereit, Hyzone produces nearly five times more pure ozone than conventional ozone systems. This high concentration enables efficient oxidation, thereby resulting in rapid disinfection. Users are assured of low maintenance requirements and minimal service costs, because the Hyzone unit is completely insensitive to environmental effects. The system is also easy to operate and can be used with a minimum of training.
Ozone has already been in use in laundry for quite some time now in countries such as the USA and the UK. This development was fostered above all by world pioneers such as John Laithwaite. So it is only fitting that he should be present at the Texcare trade fair, in order to present the new Hyzone disinfection process together with the Schneidereit team at stand C05 in hall 8.
Originally founded in 1957 as an electrical retail business, Schneidereit has established itself over the course of time as a provider of professional washing solutions. One particular focus is on the commercial full-service leasing of washing machines and dryers. All equipment deployed by Schneidereit complies with the new EU Machinery Directive and is primarily used in the cleaning area. This includes, for example, the cleaning of mop covers and cloths for cleaning buildings and transportation systems. It also increasingly includes the concept of the autonomous cleaning of laundry by the residents of a wide range of different installations. In this regard, Schneidereit never focuses on the individual product, but rather on the complete system – starting with the individual washing machine and extending to the complete washing and conditioning system, including a recommendation for cleaning processes.
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