Textile specialist invests £1m in Bury

Textile specialist invests £1m in Bury

Fabric manufacturer Arville has invested £1m into its fabric coating plant in Hornby Street, Bury, following a phased two year project to overhaul the site.

Arville, established in 1954, specialises in the design and manufacture of high performance woven and coated textiles for demanding applications within the aerospace, defence, pharmaceutical, automotive, medical and food industries.

The company acquired the 15,000 sq ft Bury factory in 2000, when the group purchased P&S Textiles to further strengthen its portfolio of textile production.

But layout of the production area has now been completely redesigned in line with lean manufacturing principles, to create a highly efficient workflow process from start to finish.

Arville’s Andy Smith said: “With a 60 year heritage, Arville has long been passionate about continued innovation in textiles manufacturing and more recently has undertaken an investment programme to maintain our ‘best in class’ status.

“We meticulously planned this extensive refurbishment to ensure we didn’t disrupt production for existing customers, and now, after a two year wait it’s great to have a ‘brand new’ state-of-the-art facility that will stand us in good stead for further growth.”

This news follows an expansion to the factory footprint at Arville’s weaving plant in Wetherby, West Yorkshire where the group employs 60 staff.

Additional work to install an extra stenter line has increased the firm’s finishing capacity to keep pace with the growing business. But it seems further investment is also in the pipeline.

Andy added: “These investments, funded wholly by Arville’s internal resources, show our commitment to keeping the company at the cutting edge of technical textiles production.”

The company is privately owned and employs a 100-strong team based across the group’s UK manufacturing sites.