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As Seen in the Newcastle Journal

Monday, February 18, 2013

Clothesmac was featured in the Newcastle Journal today.

The article read:

A NORTH East engineer currently working in Dubai is hoping that his answer to drying clothes in the wet British climate will allow him to come home for good.

Paul Adams came up with the idea for the Clothesmac in 2001 but has only developed it into a marketable product, which he has also patented, in the last few years.

The Clothesmac is a Teflon-coated waterproof cover that fits on to rotary dryer to stop clothes getting wet if it starts to rain. The business at Wynyard near Stockton, also supplies three or four armed rotary dryers with the waterproof covering already fitted.

Adams has worked on Government construction contracts in Dubai for years but moved his family home to the North East in 2012 and plans to return home full-time himself if Clothesmac proves successful.

Neil Thompson, who previously worked for Business Link and runs NT Management and Business Support in Yarm, advised Adams on bringing the product to market and is now looking after the firm on a day-to- day basis while Adams is out of the country.

He said: “He has a guy in Dubai manufacturing the covers to be attached to the rotor dryer. His intention is to make an assembly line in the UK.

“If this takes off, the idea would be to come back full-time. That is the long-term intention. His family came back last year.”

Thompson is drawing up a list of country shows across the region where he plans to take the Clothesmac over the summer so people can see and touch it.

“We have a schedule of events for this year in the North East and Cumbria,” he said.

“The website is live and we have had a number of sales already.”

The cover, which comes in three colours, is also being marketed as protection against barbecue smoke and birds droppings as well as the vagaries of the British weather.

It works like an umbrella so it can be ‘put up’ quickly in the event if a sudden shower and comes with either a 30m three-arm rotary clothes airer or 40m four-arm model.

The company is also pushing the Clothesmac’s green credentials as a year-round alternative to using the tumble dryer, which is calculates costs the average household around £65 per year in electricity.

You can read the article here.

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