TBA Textiles reshore manufacturing after investment

TBA Textiles reshore manufacturing after investment

Yarn manufacturer TBA Textiles has committed to invest a further £700,000 in new technology and equipment with the support of a £150,000 grant, its second from the N Brown Textiles Growth Programme.

The investment marks a return to British roots for the business, which in recent years outsourced part of its production to the Netherlands.

Based in Rochdale, TBA Textiles is a world leading manufacturer of high performance technical textiles. With over 140 years’ experience in the industry, the firm supplies over 100 countries across sectors including construction, marine and transportation.

TBA Textiles has reaffirmed its commitment to the future of manufacturing in the UK with an investment that sees 16 new jobs and two new apprenticeships created in Greater Manchester, in addition to the 18 jobs associated with an earlier investment this year.

Mark Lineker, general manager at TBA Textiles, said “The help and support offered by the N Brown Textiles Growth Programme in the form of a second grant of £150,000 is greatly appreciated, and goes a long way to assist in our plans to invest around £700,000 into our own manufacturing plant in Rochdale over the next two years.

“This significant investment, will in turn, secure our position at the forefront of development and manufacture of high performance technical textiles, and, additionally, allows us to invest in our local and wider community in the form of new job opportunities and apprenticeships.”

Set up by the Manchester Growth Company for the Combined Authority in Greater Manchester and the Alliance Project, the N Brown Textiles Growth Programme is delivered by the Business Growth Hub and funded by the Regional Growth Fund.

Since the start of the programme in 2014, 237 companies have been supported by the Textiles Growth Programme, creating and safeguarding nearly 3,500 jobs and securing £87m of private sector investment through £20m of grant support. Further grant funding is available until early next year.

Lorna Fitzsimons, director of the N Brown Textiles Growth Programme said, “Although early days after the BREXIT vote, the Textile industry is still showing the confidence to invest which is a healthy indicator that the sector is still growing. This is helped, in part, by government funding, and a strategy to invest in this industry which is so important to Greater Manchester.”