James Holt, managing director of Parrisianne Dry Cleaning Solutions Ltd, has seen the market for laundered shirts constantly increase year on year since the early 2000s. In his opinion, there are several contributing reasons for this – “families having less time to wash and iron shirts at home, a fashion change to wearing not only trousers and a shirt, but instead, jeans and a good shirt on a night out, and the retail shops selling shirts in offers of four shirts for a low price.”
As a result, Parrisianne has seen “a massive increase of sales for the Sankosha range of shirt finishers, widely acknowledged as the bench mark in the industry.”
Holt adds that Sankosha takes great pride in producing a machine that not only “does the job it is built to do but has a long-lasting working lifetime.” He reckons that it’s reliable and because of these factors, “is very economical to invest in and use.” All machines come with a standard one-year warranty on parts and labour, a three-year warranty on the PC board and a five-year warranty on all welded parts.
Over the last 15 years Holt says that Parrisianne’s relationship with Sankosha has grown to the extent that, according to Holt, “Parrisianne are in the top five Sankosha dealers in the world, with sales of almost 500 units installed in the UK.” Because of this growth, a massive amount of knowledge of the shirt industry has been acquired and this in turn has, claims Holt, helped Parrisianne guide people down the right path when investing on market entry or when seeking to increase their share of the shirt market.
Holt illustrates the point when he refers to one of his customers – M and H Cleaners. It already had a shirt unit, but it was old and causing many problems, with breakdowns, shirts requiring touching up and a very slow process. “The owner, Assad Shaker, was recommended to Parrisianne by a friend. We talked and offered some options to help improve his production and quality. After the first visit Shaker was advised of the best way forward, which was the removal of his old machine and installation of a Sankosha LP560E single buck shirt press and LP690E collar and cuff press with tensioning and a foot print of 660mm wide and 1000mm deep.” Holt says that these would prove to be a great space saver compared to the old collar cuff press. Further, the new Sankosha shirt system units “would allow an increase in steam pressure from the normal 4.5 bar to 6.5 bar”. This, says Holt, would allow the shirts to be dried much faster and so would increase production. (All Sankosha shirt units can be used, Holt says, with steam pressures of up to 6.5 bar.)
The delivery to M and H Cleaners took place several weeks later and the changeover was completed in a day, with shirts being processed first thing the following day. “Within one week,” says Holt, “the operator was producing between 38-42 shirts an hour and the amount of touch up was greatly reduced.”
Another of Parrisianne’s customers, Akbar Mohammad of Concord Cleaners, had a different problem according to Holt. He was pressing about 400 shirts a week, but had no shirt unit, so was having to press shirts on a utility press and iron table. “He had come to realise that this was costing too much time and money,” says Holt.
Mohammad called Parrisianne. Following detailed analysis, it was recommended that Mohammad installed the Sankosha LP590E and LP690E (which was financed by Parrisianne). As with M and H Cleaners, Holt says the machines were installed very quickly. “Mr Mohammad,” says Holt, “could not believe the ease with which his shirts were now being finished. This has also allowed staff to finish the garments that have been drycleaned, with time to spare and not be under pressure to get the day’s work finished on time.”
In summary, Parrisianne offers a range of Sankosha products ranging from the MF350 multi shirt unit, LP560E and LP590E single buck shirt finishers, the LP190E double buck shirt finishers, and collar and cuff presses to match the production of the shirt finishers. (continued in full magazine article).