ILUNION Lavanderías Colombia S.A.S. was established in 2016. It is an affiliate of the ILUNION Group, which is a Spanish business concern affiliated with the ONCE Social Group. Our investment in Colombia is undertaken with the aim of contributing our experience of over 30 years in the Spanish industrial laundry sector, replicating our business model of creating quality jobs for people with disability.
ILUNION Lavanderías operates 45 industrial laundries in Spain, employing over 5,500 workers, 80% of whom have some type of disability.
We currently operate a facility in Medellín, with capacity to wash and process over 25 tonnes of laundry. In view of the success of our first laundry and customer satisfaction with its services, in October 2018 we inaugurated a new facility in Bogotá. Both are industrial laundry facilities, each covering floor space of more than 3,000 m2.
Our facilities in Colombia are fitted with the most modern industrial laundry equipment, streamlined production processes, and embedded control systems, all of which allows us to offer a differential in laundry quality, as regards both sterilisation and steam-ironing. Without a doubt, the two laundry facilities are the most modern in Colombia, and probably in all Latin America, and both comply with all environmental requirements.
All equipment at both plants is fitted with efficiency systems, ensuring that we comply within emission restrictions at all times. They are also both equipped with neutralisation tanks, and physical-chemical and bio purification systems, to ensure that they comply with Resolution 0631 of 17 March 2015 on dumping.
We currently employ on average 278 workers in Colombia, 60% of whom have some type of disability. By the end of 2022, we hope to increase this number to over 285, with up to 70% of the payroll having a disability.