£9m manufacturing facility opens in Bradford

A family-run manufacturer has invested £9 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which will future-proof its operation and enable the production of Springbond, a new eco-engineered carpet underlay made from upcycled plastic bottles.

A family-run manufacturer of textile materials has invested £9 million in a new 60,000 sq.ft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bradford, which was officially opened by the Princess Royal on Monday, July 15.

Chair of the LEP, Roger Marsh OBE other and representatives from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) attended the opening. 

To future-proof its operation and enable the production of Springbond, a new eco-engineered carpet underlay made from upcycled plastic bottles, the investment has so far safeguarded and created 13 jobs in the area.

Previously based in an old textile mill in Elland, Texfelt’s investment is in direct response to a decline in its traditional markets due to the dramatic changes in the flooring industry over the last 15-20 years. Six years in the making, the new plant is home to new machinery and modern technology. A collaboration between Texfelt and four other machinery manufacturers, the new site has enabled Texfelt to introduce a unique technology which has allowed a new virtual spring structure in its products, enhancing their resilience and acoustic performance.

Texfelt received investment for its new facility from the Textiles Growth Programme via the Business Growth Hub, and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP funding was delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

James Taylor, Managing Director at Texfelt and fourth generation in the family run business, said:

“Today’s royal opening is a real milestone for Texfelt. Building a development of this size doesn’t come without its challenges but we are incredibly proud of what’s been achieved, and of the direct impact we’ve had on job creation in Bradford. Our family roots are from Huddersfield, so we have a huge emotional attachment to Yorkshire and are proud to be part of the region’s future.”

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NP11 said:

“I’m delighted that through the Growth Service, the LEP has supported businesses to become more productive and environmentally sustainable. The Leeds City Region is a leading centre for textile manufacturing, and businesses like Texfelt are boosting growth and global competitiveness in this sector. It’s vital that as a region we continue to invest in innovation and give businesses the tools they need to help grow the economy. I would encourage all businesses to pick up the phone and find out about the support available for growing businesses at every stage of their development.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

“This is great news for the Bradford district. Significant investment in manufacturing technology is a key part of our economic strategy. Businesses like Texfelt are not only good for jobs and the economy, they are also good for the environment.”

To coincide with the opening of the Bradford site and confirm its commitment to the environment, Texfelt has brought a new eco-engineered carpet underlay to market, 85% of which is made from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastics bottles and other single use plastics. Each role of Springbond uses up to 180 recycled bottles, meaning the average homeowner could see 900 recycled bottles sitting under their carpets. In keeping with its environmental ethos, Texfelt partnered with Associated Weavers by using its Sedna carpet for its launch event. The Sedna carpet is made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon, a yarn made from recycled waste material such as old carpets and abandoned fishing nets collected from the bottom of the sea.

Springbond is highly suited to industries looking to replace PU foam with a greener, cleaner and safer alternative - there are no harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) meaning better air quality throughout the home. Springbond’s transferrable nature means that it can be used in upholstered furniture, mattresses, insulation, and within the automotive sector too.