Xeros cleans up with BASF deal

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An innovative South Yorkshire firm has joined forces with the world’s leading chemicals company to further develop its revolutionary technology.

Advanced Manufacturing Park-based Xeros is linking up with BASF to develop new materials for use in its groundbreaking washing machines.

Xeros is developing a range of commercial and domestic washers that use 70 per cent less water, 50 per cent less electricity and 50 per cent less detergent than a conventional machine.

Key to its success are nylon polymer beads that attract dirt when they are tumbled with clothes in one of its machines.

The beads can be used at least 500 times before they need to be replaced and can be recycled in plastics plants to make automotive components.

Now Xeros has unveiled its collaboration with BASF, which will develop new polymer beads, based on engineering plastics, to boost the cleaning power of Xeros’s washing machines.

“This is an exciting time for Xeros,” said chief executive Bill Westwater.

“Our growth strategy is on target, building on the momentum of our international expansion into the United States via our subsidiary Xeros Inc.

“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.”

Xeros machines have already been tested commercially and the company formally launches its system in New Orleans next month, at the global laundry, dry cleaning, and textile care exhibition, The Clean Show.