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Next generation of polymer bead cleaning technology

Published 28th June, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Next generation of polymer bead cleaning technology

Xeros Inc., a subsidiary of Xeros Ltd., the UK-based innovator of an ultra-low water cleaning system, has partnered with the chemical company BASF to jointly develop polymer beads based on engineering plastics that will increase the cleaning power in laundry applications. This long-term agreement reflects the mutual commitment of the two companies to maximize the commercialisation of the Xeros cleaning system and protect the environment by conserving water and energy.

“This is an exciting time for Xeros,” said Bill Westwater, chief executive officer of Xeros Ltd. “Our growth strategy is on target, building on the momentum of our international expansion into the United States. This long-term partnership with BASF solidifies the future of our revolutionary cleaning system, bringing us together with one of the world's most powerful companies in terms of chemical engineering, product performance and social responsibility.”

With installations underway in three distinct segments of the commercial laundry industry, Xeros launched its new system to the worldwide commercial laundry market at the June 2013 Clean Show in New Orleans. Xeros showcased its innovative bead-cleaning technology and highlighted the future of the commercial and residential laundry industry at the event.

The Xeros cleaning system comprises a special washing machine designed to release the beads into the drum for cleaning, and which then removes the beads from the clothes once the cleaning is complete. With at least 70% less water, up to 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent, the Xeros system delivers superior cleaning results compared to conventional washing. The beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and recycled.

“On the one side, as a globally active chemical company we can support Xeros through our global network and the worldwide availability of our materials,” said Matthias Dietrich from BASF's business unit Engineering Plastics Europe. “On the other side we can make use of our strong research and development base which can provide tailormade plastics with specific combinations of properties.”