It's been a while since we last made a post, but there hasn't been much news from the industry this summer. However, I was somewhat excited by this piece from atlasobscura.com called The Weird History of Hand Dryers Will Blow You Away. It's a very accurate and fair piece I thought, and I wanted to share the link with you here.
NetDryers and George Campbell are featured in a short video piece in Crain's Chicago's Entrepreneurs in Action series about Chicago start-ups. The piece, by business journalist Lisa Leiter, tells the company's story of helping customers view bathrooms differently and create strategies to make them more sustainable and cost-effective by incorporating hand dryers into their facilities.
A couple of weeks ago, the folks at NPR's All Things Considered noticed that more and more high speed hand dryers were appearing in bathrooms and thought it would make an interesting piece for the show. The story ended up featuring Excel Dryer's Dennis Gagnon and the development of the Xlerator hand dryer, which was one of the first high speed hand dryers.
Dyson has announced a new line of Airblade hand dryers based around a new version of the Dyson Digital Motor, or DDM (v4). The new line will include a lighter, quieter version of the aluminum cased AB02 hand dryer.
The size and scope of the U.S. Commercial Paper Towel market has always been a source of interest for me. When I first got involved with the hand dryer industry, it was one of the questions that was asked frequently. Getting a straight answer was difficult, as the paper industry intentionally blends the figures with either the consumer part of the business or with tissue products as a whole.
In the US, when organizations start with the question, "Hand Dryers or Paper Towels," the answer usually comes up as paper towels. Habits, germophobia, OCD, executive preference, and long-standing paper contracts all contribute to this result.