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Yariv Matzliach - Polytex Technologies

A work wear company has won a contract to dispense clothing to French hospital staff using an automated system.

Polytex Technologies, based in Israel, has won contracts at French hospitals in Rouen, Rennes, Pithiviers, Dax, Poissy, Ajaccio and at a large hospital laundry service in the Paris region.

This is in addition to the eight hospitals and a pharmaceutical industrial site, which have already installed Polytex’s workwear and scrubs management solution.

Seven new hospitals throughout the country have purchased the company’s fully automated workwear management system that provides improved protection for health workers. The system can mean a reduction in the amount of uniforms dispensed.

The Polytex solution is fully automated and offers hands-free dispensing and collecting of individual uniforms.

The system is sealed, keeping garments in a clean environment that is opened only by laundry professionals during collection and restocking.

It is available all day every day and often installed at multiple locations enabling staff to receive and return garments in seconds.

Refilling the machines with fresh clothing takes only a couple of minutes.

The units can also be moved to special temporary wards dedicated to infectious diseases like COVID-19.

The Polytex automated system is backed by a centralised cloud-based management and monitoring applications for end-to-end tracking.

There are currently over 3,000 Polytex units operating in 20 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, Spain, and Israel, alongside countries in Eastern Europe and Asia.

“In the past year we have nearly doubled our presence in France as the global pandemic has made hygiene an even more critical issue for hospitals,” said Yariv Matzliach, of Polytex.

“France is currently one of our largest and strategic markets in Europe and has tremendous growth potential.”

“Polytex’s technology system helped to simplify the distribution of work wear in the hospital and led to a 40 per cent reduction in expenses on uniforms,” said Bernard Loulier, of the Centre Hospitalier Regional d’Orleans.

He said that the actual volume of work wear was reduced along with the amount of storage space needed.

The first Polytex station in Orleans was installed at the 5000-staff hospital in 2016. The hospital currently has ten stations installed for dispensing and return of uniforms.

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