Nor Tekstil is Norway’s dominant player in the laundry industry. The company serve a significant share of Norwegian hotels hospitals and nursing homes, as well as a large number of customers in the offshore industry and other firms in the industrial sector.
The company is constantly evolving to maintain its market leader position. Inwatec came into play as a part of this process. What started as a small relationship has become an important collaboration over time.
“We started with some mat rolling some years ago when Mads Andresen convinced me that it was a good idea and profitable solution. At Nor Tekstil we believe that the machines should have a payback time of less than three years to be a good solution for us. In fact, it was already the case after less than two years, so he was right and we purchased some more of them,” says the director of development, Ove Belsvik, who is also co-owner of Nor Tekstil.
Ove Belsvik has just visited Inwatec at Hvidkærvej in Odense to inspect the latest purchase: An X-ray machine to be installed at Nor Tekstil’s high-tech laundry in Trondheim for reducing the cost for replacing garments. He already knows that the machine will be a success because Nor Tekstil already has a similar machine in operation.
“Inwatecs X-ray machine solves a problem that the big companies of the laundry industry can’t handle on their own, and this problem is that you cannot avoid people making mistakes. A large part of savings of the X-ray machines is because we don’t have to buy new fabrics to the same extent as we had to do before. On our machine in Drammen, which has been running for six months now, the system has worked quite smoothly, and that’s why we buy machine number two now,” says Ove Belsvik and elaborates:
“We can see in the boxes under the machine that the detection rate of the X-ray machine is high and although, of course, some things still slip through sometimes this happens on a completely different level than before. This security makes a big financial difference for us, because when a washing is being destroyed by a pen or something, it’s not just the 70-80 kg clothes to be replaced. It also costs a lot of money in the administration, labeling and so on.”
Huge development potential
Nor Tekstil operates 16 laundries throughout most of Norway and Ove Belsvik expects that the collaboration between Inwatec and Nor Tekstil has great potential in the long term.
“We work together with some of the world’s largest laundry-manufacturers, and we are investing in the most advanced equipment on the market. Inwatec helps to close a large part of the gaps that are still in the processes. Put simply, they solve our problems, and from this perspective, Inwatec is a small but important partner,” says Ove Belsvik who focus on weeding out the physically demanding and manpower-intensive processes, because labor is in short supply in Norway.
“For me it’s important that I know Mads Andresen as well as I do. We have done many things together, and I know that when we have agreed on that a robot must pick 2,000 pieces of clothing per hour, it can do so when it’s delivered. I also know that Inwatec develops specifically for our needs and challenges, which makes it easier to invest in new machinery. It matters to our customers that we are willing to invest, so of course it means also something to us that Inwatec invests in our challenges,” says Ove Belsvik, who predicts that there will be a great development in the machinery of the laundry industry in the upcoming years.
“Our assessment is that there is going to happen a lot regarding the machines for washing processes in the next five years. The washing and drying of clothes is well under control, but there is room for much more automation in logistics and packaging.”