Israeli workwear management technology company Polytex has signed an agreement with a British company for distribution of its automated workwear solution. The recent agreement with Renwear will give Polytex access to a huge yet untapped market. The London based company Renwear currently focuses on providing workwear rental and laundry services across many industries throughout Britain. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a renewed focus on the importance of hygiene in the workplace.
In addition to their current customers, Renwear is planning to expand and provide Polytex systems to the UK hospitals, healthcare, hospitality, leisure, and other industry sectors.
“There is huge potential for growth in the UK market and Renwear are already looking to expand across the many industrial sectors,” said Yariv Matzliach, CEO of Polytex. He added that initial contacts are underway for installing the Polytex workwear solution at British hospitals and the healthcare sector.
Renwear is a leading provider of fully managed service for workwear rental and textile laundry service to the healthcare, hospitality, food, and manufacturing industries. The company’s customer base ranges from independent companies to major corporate companies.
Shortly after signing the agreement, Renwear supplied its first Polytex unit. The automated workwear dispensing unit was installed at a large meat processing plant in the London region. The switchover from a manual process to a technological solution for workwear is expected to lead to substantial cost savings and sustainable growth.
“There is huge potential for growth in the British market and Renwear is already looking to expand beyond the food industry,” said Yariv Matzliach, CEO of Polytex. He added that initial contacts are underway for installing the Polytex workwear solution at British hospitals and the healthcare sector.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to explosive worldwide growth for Polytex in the past year as a growing number of hospitals and healthcare facilities installed for the first time or expanded their use of the company’s solution that provides improved protection for workers.
The Polytex system helps to simplify the distribution of workwear and customers report up to 40% reduction in expenses on clothing inventory and laundry. The actual volume of workwear needed was substantially reduced as was the amount of storage space required.
The Polytex solution is fully automated and enables hands-free dispensing and collecting of individual uniforms. The system itself is sealed, keeping garments in a clean environment that is opened only by laundry professionals during collection and restocking. The system is available on a 24/7 basis and often installed at multiple locations enabling staff to receive and return garments in seconds, thereby avoiding unnecessary crowding.
Refilling the machines with fresh clothing is very quick and takes only a couple of minutes. The units can also be moved to special temporary wards dedicated to infectious diseases like COVID-19. The Polytex automated system is backed by a centralized cloud-based management and monitoring applications for end-to-end tracking.
There are currently over 3,000 Polytex units operating in 20 countries such as the U.S., Spain, France, Germany, and Israel, alongside countries in eastern Europe and Asia.