Carrington Textiles and Pincroft – 130 years of continuous innovation

Carrington Textiles and Pincroft from Lancashire UK – a leading fully integrated textile processing and finishing operation in Europe –  are celebrating their 130th anniversary this year, The companies were founded in the 19th century when Benjamin Davies and his brother in law James Eckersley bought the Huyton Bleachworks in 1848 and as from 1891 started to operate the Pincroft Dyeing and Printing Company for bleaching and finishing fabrics .

They had invented a ‘washing and rinsing machine’ used in bleachworks with a more efficient use of energy and water in April 1885. A century later – in 1998 – the company joined forces with Carrington Textiles. This move resulted in a considerable turnover increase –  €50 million in 1999 to €104 million in 2019. Apart from that, the company had entered new geographical markets including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The firm claims that investment and development have been key factors for the success. Over €45 million has been invested in new machinery, processes, laboratories, warehousing and sustainable energy projects. The strategy has resulted in a global market position as one of the largest suppliers of workwear, flame retardant, waterproof, defence and sustainable fabrics with increased production – from over 15 million metres in 1999 to 55 million metres in 2019.