The Princess Royal has opened a £9m 60,000 sq.ft eco-friendly textiles manufacturing facility for Bradford-based family-run manufacturer Texfelt.
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, MD at Texfelt and the fourth generation of the family to run the 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 Chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NP11 said: “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.”