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Case Study – HPC Classics

Date: 1 April 2021 | Category: Case studies

How Safetykleen helped

10% productivity gains for HPC Classics since using the Jet100.

Improving productivity and service quality is very important to HPC Classics. Cleaning the parts of the high-end classics it looks after, HPC Classics relied on an old-fashioned solvent tank parts cleaner. Tired of having to clean the workshop after every use and of dealing with the expensive solvent waste, HPC Classics needed a new parts cleaning solution. Safetykleen’s Jet100 with a full-service offer was the perfect solution.

It’s a great solution for us. The machine cleans better and faster than our previous sink on a drum solvent cleaner, and because it’s self-contained we don’t have to clean our workshop every time we use it.

Miles Hardy, HPC Sales Director


HPC Classics are a classic-car dealership based in East Sussex, born out of a passion for the world of classic cars, sports cars and racing. HPC Classics specialises in working with historic and legendary car manufacturers such as Jaguar, TVR, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Maserati and many more. HPC Classics have a unique insight into what it means to own and maintain high-end specialist vehicles. They combine experience and expertise to deliver a bespoke package of services including classic-car sales, servicing and repairs, full restorations, race-car building, maintenance and track support.

HPC’s workshop is where the magic happens. Engine parts, brakes, clutches and other components require proper cleaning, and HPC Classics were using a traditional sink on a drum parts washer with a solvent-based chemistry. Using solvent-based cleaning chemistry brings Health & Safety risks for HPC Classics, and disposing of waste was expensive and required lots of paperwork. In addition to this, as a sink on a drum isn’t an enclosed parts cleaning solution, it created a mess around the workstation on the floor of the workshop. Cleaning that up, plus the maintenance of the solvent tank, took a lot of valuable time, reducing productivity.

As HPC Classics are serving a high-end niche market in the automotive industry, they wanted their brand to reflect the prestige of the cars they sell and service. That’s why HPC Classics required a new solution, a solution that could keep their showroom and workshop in pristine condition.


Based on the existing solution in their workshop, HPC Classics required a parts cleaning solution that is enclosed and doesn’t use chemical solvents as a cleaning chemistry. In searching for this perfect solution, HPC Classics found Safetykleen.

Working closely with HPC Classics, Safetykleen gained a good understanding of the parts cleaning requirements, including the components and types of contaminants. The best solution for HPC Classics was Safetykleen’s Jet100 machine, combined with a water-based cleaning solution. The Jet100 is a unique, water-based parts cleaning machine that provides dual functionality. It can clean light contaminants from parts, using a brush. In addition, with the lid closed, the Jet100 can remove heavier contaminants using a powerful jet, and do so up to 10 times faster than the old sink on a drum solvent-cleaning solution.

Even given the wide variety of the parts that require cleaning, the Jet100 exceeds the requirements HPC Classics have. The Jet100, despite its dual functionality and powerful cleaning capabilities, has a footprint that is quite like the ousted sink on a drum, and therefore HPC Classics do not have to compromise on available working space in their workshop. As the Jet100 is designed to work with water-based cleaning chemistries, it reduces Health & Safety risks for HPC Classics’ workshop staff and it reduces their hazardous waste streams.

More importantly though, with the Jet100 in place, there is no longer any need to clean the workshop floor around the parts-cleaning area after cleaning parts. The Jet100 is fully enclosed and therefore keeps the soils, contaminants and cleaning chemistry inside the machine.

Results, return on investment and future plans

Safetykleen installed and commissioned the Jet100 in November 2020 for HPC Classics.

Since then, HPC Classics have used it nearly every day to the full satisfaction of all their staff.

Improving productivity
HPC Classics have been able
to increase their productivity by more than 10%, simply by being able to shed the post-parts cleaning tasks like cleaning the workshop, cleaning the parts cleaner and all requirements for disposing of the solvent waste.
Full service model
Safetykleen’s full service offer with their Jet100 allows HPC Classics to focus their attention to what is most important to them; servicing and restoring high-end classics for their customers in a pristine workshop.