Thursday, 12 March 2009

Gate Aviation’s Plan to Wash All Vehicles Group-wide Without Water Made Possible with Miracle Drywash

The Apcoa car park coaches at Gatwick Airport are now being cleaned with waterless vehicle-cleaning product, Miracle Drywash, and other airports within the group are soon to follow Gatwick’s lead by abolishing the use of water in the cleaning of their vehicles to help protect the environment

Gate Aviation now cleans Gatwick Airport car park Apcoa 
coaches exclusively with Miracle Drywash, using no water

Crawley, West Sussex –Gate Aviation, a leading aircraft services company and part of gategroup, is to use the waterless carwash product, Miracle Drywash, to clean vehicles at a number of airports in the UK.  It has been cleaning airside vehicles at Gatwick without water for over a year already, and is now cleaning Gatwick’s car park coaches in the same way, with vehicles at Stansted, Luton and Liverpool airports soon to follow.

Not a drop of water has been used to clean Gatwick’s 140-strong fleet of airside vehicles for the past 18 months, thanks to Miracle Drywash. Apcoa car park buses take passengers from Gatwick’s car parks to and from the airport, and Miracle Drywash is already being used by Gate Aviation to clean 13 of these buses a week. In June 2009, this figure will increase to 23 a week.

“We want to be at the forefront of innovative and environmentally friendly ideas and we are always looking at ways we can reduce our environmental footprint” says John Rickards, General Manager, Gate Aviation Gatwick. 

“Miracle Drywash is both environmentally friendly and effective and we are very happy with its results. We’ve just started cleaning Gatwick’s car park coaches with it, and we will progress soon to Stansted, Luton and Liverpool airports.”

SJ Khebbal, CEO of SJK Products, manufacturers of Miracle Drywash comments: “When a company as large as Gate Aviation recognises the degree to which the traditional ‘bucket and sponge’ car washing method pollutes the environment – it is a powerful hint to other companies to do the same. The use of Miracle Drywash over the past 18 months alone has saved countless tons of water and prevented untold pollution of the environment surrounding Gatwick Airport. We are very happy that Gate Aviation has decided to increase their use of Miracle Drywash; their contribution to the environment will be immense.”

About Gate Aviation
Gate Aviation offers a comprehensive range of airline industry specialty services in approximately 20 airports in the U.K. and Ireland, including: aircraft cleaning; in-flight catering; packing, including buy-on-board, dry stores and toiletry kits; de-icing; exterior washing; security; passenger services, including wheelchair assistance; executive lounges; meet and greet; conference rooms; and hospitality. Customers include American, Air France, Air India, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic. Gate Aviation is part of gategroup. 

About Miracle Drywash
Miracle Drywash, manufactured by SJK Products Ltd in Crawley, West Sussex, UK, is a totally waterless washing system – a revolutionary way to both clean and polish your car, boat, motorbike, or any other metal, glass, or painted surface - with only a single application of the product. It both prevents pollutants and detergents from entering the river system and each bottle (7 washes) saves 1 ton of water. The product was endorsed by South East Water in 2006 and was awarded the prestigious Waterwise Marque in 2007 for its contribution towards saving water in the UK. It is available from Amazon, Marks & Spencer and Autoglass who also use it to valet their clients’ vehicles. The company, SJK Products, was co-founded in 2004 by SJ Khebbal, CEO and Tim Jones, Chairman. 

For more information please contact:

Yvonne Siddall
SJK Products Ltd
James Place
West Sussex
RH10 6GA
United Kingdom

+44 (0)800 881 8062  


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