Lapauw International create Lapauw UK as part of their long-term strategy

Lapauw International, based in Kortrijk, Belgium, has been a manufacturer and supplier of commercial and industrial laundry equipment supplying a global customer base since 1950.

The company was originally established in 1933 as a manufacturer and supplier of pumps and compressors to the world-famous Flemish textile industry. Then, in 1950, having gained a reputation for innovative engineering, they developed their first ironer for the commercial and industrial laundry industry. Furthermore, by also providing solutions to enhance their customers’ performance, Lapauw International became a highly respected manufacturer and supplier in the global market with an established customer base in over 60 countries to date.

In 2010 the Lapauw family sold the company to renowned Belgian entrepreneur Philippe D’heygere. Now known as Lapauw International, the company has gone from strength to strength having developed its market position due to the ongoing investment in its engineering, research and development, manufacturing, and sales and marketing functions.

Under the leadership of Philippe D’heygere and his wife Sylvie D’heygere (CEO), over 8,000 machines have now been supplied to the global market. The company has further developed its reputation based on innovative solutions and build quality where they have not compromised their standards in supplying and supporting their customer base.

The product range encompasses the requirements of the hospitality, workwear, and healthcare market, as well as logistical solutions for all sectors and includes:

  • Washing solutions
  • Feeders
  • Ironers
  • Folders
  • Clean room solutions
  • Garment finishing tunnels
  • Cart/ cage washers

Lapauw International has its global headquarters in Kortrijk, Belgium, at its 230,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Lapauw International has company-owned offices in the USA, France, Eastern Europe, China, and the Asia Pacific region, all supported by a robust worldwide dealer network. 2022 brings the further development of Lapauw International’s global presence, with the creation of Lapauw UK.

A subsidiary of Lapauw International, Lapauw UK has been established to show the company’s commitment to the UK and Irish markets.

Lapauw International has identified Lancashire-based Laundry Engineering Services Limited (LES Ltd) to support them in aftersales and service provision in the UK and Ireland. LES is led by John Haden and Paul Haden who between them have an extensive knowledge of the UK and Irish laundry market. Together with their team of experienced laundry engineers throughout the UK they offer a full nationwide range of support services to the UK and Irish commercial and industrial laundry sectors.

LES will also be providing the installation and aftersales services on behalf of Lapauw UK as well as holding and supplying Lapauw parts to the existing and future customer base.

LES services include:

  • Planned preventative maintenance
  • Nationwide engineering cover
  • Breakdown servicing
  • Project management (installations/ removals)
  • Pipework installations
  • Gas servicing
  • General engineering and fabrications.

Paul Haden, managing director of LES Ltd commented: “We are delighted to assist and support Lapauw UK and look forward to working with them throughout the UK and Ireland.” John Haden, director added: “Since the inception of LES Ltd we have serviced and refurbished numerous Lapauw machines and welcome the opportunity to support Lapauw UK.”

Lapauw International’s global headquarters and 230,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Kortrijk, Belgium

CLEAN has relaunched its Driver Academy in a bid to encourage more delivery drivers into the industry.

Professional drivers perform an essential role at CLEAN, delivering millions of pieces of linen and workwear annually to customers around the UK and with the business continuing to grow, the company is looking to increase its driver numbers from the current 205 it already employs.

However, with the UK currently facing a shortage of almost 50,000 HGV drivers caused by a 25 per cent drop in new driver license acquisitions, CLEAN has developed a plan to help boost numbers.

The CLEAN Driver Academy includes a full Induction process in van driving (B licence up to 3.5 tonnes MPW and no Driver CPC) and LGV driving (C1, C, CE over 3.5 tonnes MPW with a Driver CPC required).

The one-day Van Driver and LGV Driver training covers a wide number of areas, including speed awareness, vehicle checks, safe loading and load restraint, road craft, tachographs, manual handling, safe operation of tail lifts, and customer care. Assessments on certain areas will be held before participants sit a 50-question paper.

Papers for both courses require a 75 per cent pass rate, with successful candidates then considered for a delivery driver job with CLEAN.

As well as running the induction courses for new drivers, CLEAN runs a dedicated training programme to up-skill its current workforce. This includes Driver CPC training, regular Driver Assessments and driving style measurements from the vehicle telematics system, as well as post incident training.

In addition, CLEAN actively encourages employees in other departments, who express an interest in driving, to join the ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ project. This provides on the job training and assessments, along with access to the required driving test for the appropriate licence category. CLEAN has also taken a proactive approach in recruiting and mentoring newly qualified LGV drivers who may normally struggle to obtain employment.

Tim Bright, head of transport at CLEAN, said: “The impact of the driver shortage is affecting many businesses across the UK in an economy that is reliant on the movement of heavy goods. As CLEAN continues on its growth trajectory, we are more dedicated than ever to providing opportunities to both our existing and future employees that serve CLEAN and the UK transportation industry as a whole.

“Our plan is to not only eliminate many of the challenges and obstacles that have led to this shortage, such as the financial costs of becoming a HGV driver, but also provide high-quality training that will upskill our drivers to the benefit of the economy, as more qualified professionals strengthen the nation’s workforce.”

CLEAN previously ran its Drivers Academy in 2017.

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