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Lindström’s Juha Laurio has been appointed as the new chairman of ETSA

The textile services industry is a major contributor to the European economy, with a current annual turnover of circa €11 billion (2012) and employing 135 000 people in the EU. The textile services market has grown in almost every segment and product type in recent years, despite the negative economic climate. According to a recent Deloitte market study, the textile services industry in Europe could grow up to €46 billion turnover.

- As Chairman of ETSA, I will ensure that the industry continues to communicate the benefits of textile services, enabling our customers to outsource their textile care and benefit from our expertise. ETSA’s role is to ensure that textile service industry and its regulations continue to serve the needs of our customers and society, Laurio comments.

- It is a pleasure taking over the role of Chairman of ETSA, representing an industry that provides sustainable services to its customers. There is increasing demand for outsourcing, as companies seek more efficiency and focus on their core business. Professional service providers know the regulations and standards that govern the industry. We can guarantee that our customers meet all the requirements concerning, for example, hygiene and safety issues,  says Juha Laurio, the new chairman of ETSA.

ETSA members are committed to lifecycle thinking and ecological principles. This means long-lasting textiles, lower energy and water consumption in the textile care process, and eco-friendly detergents. ETSA aims to dispose of textiles in an environmentally acceptable manner at end of life, which means they are recycled or used as raw material for power generation.


For more information, please contact:

Juha Laurio, CEO of Lindström. p. +358 40 501 6299 /
Aisling O’Kane, European Textile Services Association. p. +32 2 282 09 93 /


Lindström Group
Textile service company Lindström strengthens the company image of its customers. Our service makes our customer’s everyday life easier and provides the best value on the market. We are a responsible corporate citizen and a respected employer. Lindström is the employer of 2 850 people in Europe and in Asia. The group turnover was €303million in 2013.

For 20 years, ETSA has represented and promoted the interests of the textile service industry in Europe. Today, ETSA is the platform for networking and sharing of best practices for its 34 members:  leading textile rental and supplier firms, national associations and research institutes. Textile services provide a sustainable, cost effective alternative to disposable textiles, ownership of textiles and washing at home.