There was good news for Biko UK at EXPODetergo on opening day as it announced it has been appointed distributor for Laundry Robotics in the UK and Ireland. It was also good news for Simtech Automation as the new agency will be managed as a partnership between the two companies.

Phil Ghosh, sales manager for Biko UK, said: "The current difficulties with finding staff has driven the need for laundries to look more closely at ways to automate processes within the plant. With the success that Laundry-Robotics has already achieved in Europe, we believed that this was a company that we would want to work with. However, we were also realistic that we needed to bring in a partner that would help us develop and support this particular range of equipment and Simtech were an obvious choice."

Our picture shows Phil Ghosh and Marc van Boekholt, head of marketing for Laundry Robotics, shaking hands to seal the deal.

Laundry Robotics’ Robin and Roy robots automatically feed your towel folder whatever brand and whatever type. Check out Robin’s performance in a ‘human v machine’ test here.  The Laundry Robotics team is available alongside the Biko Engineering team in Hall 1P – Booths E01 F10.

• Automation was the main theme of opening day’s late morning lectures with leading innovators in robotics – Laundry-Robotics, Kannegiesser and Inwatec, all giving presentations on their automated towel systems.