Foltex aim their innovative designs at the UK market

Foltex design, manufacture and install a range of flatwork feeders, folders, dry work folders and stacking machines that can handle flatwork pieces of all sizes, suitable for laundries both large and small.

This is a business where the ethos could not be clearer. It has to be simple. And it has to be reliable. These values run through the organisation. It’s their business DNA so to speak.

From the moment you meet the team. From when you look at the machinery – inside and out. How it’s designed and how it’s built. When you see firsthand how they interact with their customers. This is a business that sees no value in overcomplicating things.

When a product, a process, or a part of their machinery is no longer simple and reliable – then they stop – and rethink!

The business – at a glance

• Launched in 2013

• Owned and run by JanWillem van Doornewaard and Roel Ossewaarde

• Design, manufacture and install large range of flatwork feeders, folders and dry work folders and stackers

• All parts and machinery are manufactured in the Netherlands

• Machines are designed and built by a team of 18 at Foltex

• Available in the UK through Foltex UK

• HQ in Eindhoven. An area rich in engineering history

Their story

Foltex is a Dutch company based just outside Eindhoven. Founded in 2013 by Jan-Willem van Doornewaard and Roel Ossewaarde, both highly skilled mechanical engineering graduates.

They met and both studied at the University of Eindhoven. This is a university and an area rich in its engineering pedigree and history, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of Europe and attracts the engineering elite from across the globe. It means Foltex has access to, and can recruit, the best engineers and designers from a talent pool right on their doorstep.

When van Doornewaard and Ossewaarde were looking to enter the world of business they had a wealth of options. They chose the laundry industry. They believed they could make a real difference to the machinery – take a look at it with a fresh pair of eyes, simplify its design and create more reliable, cutting edge machines.

Their products

Foltex supplied over 25 machines to the UK last year. They design, manufacture and install the full range of feeders and folders that can easily cope with all small and large flatwork pieces. Their portfolio also includes machinery that can handle the folding of smaller and more complex pieces like workwear, bathrobes and underwear.

The large flatwork machines come in a range of sizes between three and four metres wide with one or two feeding stations. The largest feeder handles 750 pieces per hour with two operator stations. Then there’s a range of dry work folders that can be programmed to handle mixed items of all sizes – towels, garments and underwear for example. Their bathrobe folder has a small physical footprint in any laundry but makes light work of folding bathrobes of all thicknesses, dimensions and weight, tripling production when compared to manual folding.

Their machinery is compatible and adjustable to slot in alongside existing finishing line equipment and can be programmed to link up and integrate with onsite laundry technology systems. All machines have features to ensure that operator safety is of paramount importance. The full technical specifications are available online at www.foltex.uk.

Design and manufacture

Foltex machines, and the thinking that goes behind the product design, are pieces of technical excellence.

The team has taken what is essentially traditional equipment, and stepped back and looked at it from an engineering perspective. Stripped it back to see what is really needed and how it could be built differently and more efficiently for higher quality, easier maintenance and better performance.

The 18-strong team at Foltex each have specialist expertise across mechanical design, 3D modelling, electrical and software engineering and manufacturing. A skill set that demonstrates the importance they place on ensuring their design is cutting edge and that the quality of their manufacturing is first class.

The team work closely with customers at both the front-end design and installation process to make sure that they see and understand the requirements firsthand and can continually look for improvements.

The machines are designed and built in their factory on the outskirts of Eindhoven. Later this year the team move to a new, much larger manufacturing premises nearby to support their growing business.

The new site will give them the space for much greater production capacity. They’ll also be able to welcome visitors to a showroom and training centre so they can see the innovative machines in operation and take a closer look at the quality of the engineering and production.



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