Lapauw was founded in 1933 in Kortrijk, Belgium, as a manufacturer of pumps and compressors to Belgium’s textile industry. In 1950, responding to customer requests, the company developed the world’s first ironer with a hinged, or flexible, chest for the commercial and industrial laundry industries around the world, providing significant improvements in heat transfer, throughout and finish quality. Later innovations included washer-extractors in 1962; 1200mm ironer in 1967; cornerless feeders in 1982; and the world’s first self-contained, gas-heated ironer in 1994. Under new ownership and management since 2010, Lapauw has undergone a 21st Century transformation, investing heavily in engineering, research & development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and it’s equipment is known for producing high quality and throughout, while maintaining industry-leading low total cost of ownership. The company has sold more than 8,000 machines in more than 40 countries, and its current product line includes washers, flatwork feeders, ironers, folders, cart washers and garment finishing tunnels. Headquarters remain in Kortrijk (260,000-square-foot factory) with company-owned offices in the United States, France, Eastern Europe, Russia, China and the Asia Pacific region supported by a worldwide dealer network.