Experts In Hygienic Cleaning Equipment

    World Class Quality, World Class Safety


    Hillbrush is the UK’s largest manufacturer of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools. Our pioneering MDX Metal Detectable and X-Ray visible brushware will prevent the risk of filament loss within the production process. Keeping you, your customers and your reputation safe from risk.

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    Filament Loss and Foreign Bodies In Production Is a Major Risk


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    Why It Is a Serious Risk?

    Many cleaning tools will leave stray filaments behind in the cleaning process, but how do you find these rogue bristles in time so they do not cause any harm to end users or put your reputation at risk? 

    Foreign body contamination can slow down or stop production causing delays further down the line, risking customer relationships and financial problems to your business.

    The food industry has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the products, companies source, process and pack can be safely consumed. Physical, chemical and biological cleanliness is an absolute prerequisite for food safety. Throughout the entire supply chain there are significant risks of cross-contamination due to poor detection of foreign bodies from external sources, i.e. brushware.

    The Solution

    Hillbrush are at the forefront of pioneering product development and have developed the solution to helping detect foreign bodies within the production process. Learn more.

    MDX Metal Detectable and X-Ray Visible Brushware

    Our metal and X-Ray detectable tools are specifically developed to minimise the risk of foreign body contamination within the food manufacturing industry.

    Hillbrush are pioneers in product development and innovation and any product stamped with the Hillbrush Salmon® is a stamp of quality. We use food contact approved materials, including stainless steel staples to secure the filaments into the brush back, meaning that all of our hygiene products are safe to use within food & drink production. 

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    MDX Products Process and Production

    Here at Hillbrush, we have injection moulding facilities in-house so we can ensure product quality & compliance of all our products.

    Our polyester filaments are non-absorbent, meaning that they do not retain moisture and therefore preventing the growth and spread of harmful bacterias within the production process. Polyester is robust and can withstand high temperatures, making it suitable for use in industrial dishwashers or sanitisers up to 134˚C.

    To ensure that all elements of our MDX brushware is food safe and detectable, we use food contact approved stainless steel staples to secure the filaments into the brush back. The staples are metal and x-ray detectable, meaning that any loss can be detected quickly and in a controlled manor throughout the production process. The filaments are then flooded with an Anti-Microbial epoxy resin to complete the Dual Retention System (DRS®). The resin is distributed into every crevice, preventing dirt and moisture build-up. Even the resin in our Total MDX tools is detectable. Learn more.

    MDX Product Specifications

    Our Total MDX products are available in Dark Blue, and our Coloured MDX is also available in 4 colours with detectable filaments only for HACCP & 5S compliance, ensuring that working environments are organised and segregated to ensure consistency in quality and cleanliness. Our products are made from polypropylene that is light, durable and economical. It is also stiff and has good impact resistance making it ideal for the production line environment.  

    To ensure that our products are suitable for all your needs we have extensively tested the temperature resistance to confirm with the production regulations. The maximum usage temperature for our products is 79˚C with a minimum usage temperature of -18˚C and autoclavable at 134˚C. Learn more.

    The Next Step In Workplace Organisation

    Keeping your environment clean and hygienic is one thing, but ensuring that your cleaning tools are also organised provides another layer of protection. Use Hillbrush workplace organisation to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.


    For compete workplace organisation and optimum hygiene, Hillbrush also offer Anti-Microbial shadow boards.

    Anti-Microbial Food Grade Boards

    Our Anti-Microbial shadow boards are made from food approved plastic that has been infused with the same Biomaster technology as our Anti-Microbial products. They are extremely durable and provide the ultimate protection against contamination and the most advanced method of workplace organisation.

    Dibond Boards

    Our Dibond boards are a cost-effective alternative, with strong aluminium laminate and solid polypropylene core, suitable for high-traffic areas. A standard Dibond board is 3mm thick and features a wipe-clean surface to help prevent the build up of dirt.

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    Our Rich History

    Hillbrush was established by brothers Fred and Bill Coward in 1922. The company began in the small rural town of Mere, Wiltshire.

    It originally specialised in dairy and agricultural brushes, but within a few years many of the streets were being swept with brushes made by Hillbrush.

    Hillbrush originally specialised in making wooden backed brushes and is still one of the largest manufacturers of wooden brushes in the world. Through innovation and product development we were successfully able to introduce a range of plastic backed brushes for the food and beverage industries. Our unrivalled experience and expertise has contributed to our prolonged success, with Hillbrush now producing producing over 2 million brushes yearly across more than 3000 products, supplied to over 90 countries across the globe. We look forward to introducing more customers to our vast product range in the years ahead.

    Our Facility

    Hillbrush is one of only a few UK-based manufacturers of brushware and hygienic cleaning tools. Our factory is located in the small town of Mere, in the south-west corner of Wiltshire, 100 miles west of London. Our passion for innovation and continual product development meant that space at our old factory on Woodlands Road became limited, so we developed and built a new, larger factory and warehouse at Norwood Park just off the A303. The redevelopment took place in 2016.  Find out more.

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    Find out what it’s like to be a member of the Hillbrush team, view our new facility and learn more about our company by reading through our corporate brochure.


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