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Matrix marks major milestone: making steam cleaning machines for a decade
'Proud to be made in the UK' says its website and now Matrix is proud to be celebrating its 10th Anniversary, putting much of its success down to the fact that it designs and manufacturers its own machines at its base in Leyland, Lancashire, which means that as well as having full control over quality, the Matrix team can implement new technology very quickly.
"This means we're often able to bring new machines to the market ahead of our competitors," says the company's sales director Mike Osiadacz. "We are extremely confident and proud of our machines; each unit undergoes a very stringent testing procedure and quality check before it leaves our premises."
Another plus point is the company's ability to supply machines ex-stock.
"Our steam cleaning manufacturing facility also holds a large quantity of stock which guarantees our ability to deliver large orders in a very short timeframe - a luxury not always available from internationally-based manufacturing companies," adds Mike. "We also carry over half a million component parts in stock, which ensures a reactive turnaround on both small and large orders. This offers a huge ability for growth and development.
"Our professional steam cleaning machines have some outstanding attributes and we're confident that they can deliver the solutions our customers are looking for.
"They can kill bacteria and germs, which is why they're so highly regarded by major blue chip companies within the private sector and the food industry as well as by professionals in the education sector and the NHS, and are ideal for dissolving grease & grime, as well as removing chewing gum whilst achieving a chemical-free clean."
One satisfied NHS customer is Kerry Ord, domestic supervisor at Chester Le Street Hospital in County Durham and also Association of Healthcare Professionals' Northern Branch secretary, who says:
"Purchasing the Matrix Steam Cleaner has changed the quality and efficiency of our cleaning regime at Chester Le Street Hospital, where achieving maximum results in minimum time is essential.
"Exemplary training was given on the use and care of the high performance machine to all members of staff. Training was carried out by members of Matrix's Education of Steam division, who issued those they'd trained with an MOT certificate (Machine Operator Certificate).
"In addition to the onsite training, we have access to the excellent website offering further valuable training material including 'How to use' videos.
"The machine is very versatile and used in many areas of the hospital - inside and out - with ease, due to the colour-coded brush attachments which help to prevent cross-contamination.
"As Matrix is a UK manufacturing company, this alleviates any import time delays in awaiting spare parts/attachments and service."
Prior to its official launch in 2006, Matrix was a family run business, supplying and servicing steam cleaning machines under the name Steam Clean UK. Then, with the help of two investors, it purchased the manufacturing capability of Dimplex. In 2014, the business fell back in the hands of the family alone.
Initially there were just three machines in the range... Now the portfolio encompasses an extensive range of 51 machines in many variations, from light commercial to industrial 8 bar cleaning systems, and includes units designed for the hire market as well as imported industrial machines.
Managing Director Bob Pownall says:
"Like most companies, we had something of a rough time during the two recessions but we managed to get through them relatively unscathed. We started out, suppyling within the UK only, but we have grown both in size and status and are now well known globally, with customers throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East."
Bob says that as well as the wide range of machines available from stock, Matrix also designs and builds bespoke machines for some of its key accounts; also offering own branding for global partners.
The machines have Water Technology List approval and are proven to remove Salmonella, Listeria, Monocytogenes, Staph Aureus, MRSA, Saccharomyces, Carevisae, Bacillus Cereus, TVC 37, TVC 22 and Clostridium Difficile by greater than 99.9%. The results of the tests are available in a microbiologist's report.
All Matrix machines are manufactured from stainless steel, making them ideal for food preparation, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, hospitality and kitchen environments. They use between 2.5 and 26 litres of water per hour making them very ecologically friendly and inexpensive to run.
Generating higher volumes of steam means faster cleaning; these machines generate from over 150 litres to a massive 500 litres of steam volume per minute, making fast work of even the most stubborn ingrained dirt and swarf-laden grease. A detergent injection facility is also available for speedier removal of ingrained dirt from heavily soiled areas as are optional heavy duty industrial wet pick up vacuum cleaners.
All models are designed with automatic boiler filling systems for continuous water filling capacity, eliminating cooldown and reheat times. The 10KW and 20KW models can also be coupled with conveyor cleaning systems for either flat, slatted or mesh belts.
"We will always offer an onsite demonstration facility to ensure that the machine will fulfil each customer's requirements exactly," says Bob. "New business is particularly rewarding when it's as a result of a recommendation from someone already using a Matrix machine. We want to ensure that all our customers are happy with their purchases as well as the service and training we provide."
20th October 2016