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UK textiles industry to get £9 mn investment boost
Oct '17
The textiles industry in the United Kingdom is all set for a boost with £9 million investment. JR Group UK, global leader in the production of textile fibres, is moving its Halifax nonwovens business, Texfelt, to Bradford in UK. The business that will be shifted to state-of-the-art facility in Cutler Heights will focus on producing recycled textile items.

With the set up of business in UK, it is expected that it will generate 46 new jobs in a period of 5 years. A major portion of the project is funded by JR Group UK along with investment of £250,000 from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and of over £470,000 from the Textile Growth Fund.

"Our objective for the project has always been to process difficult-to-recycle, post-industrial and consumer textile products such as carpets, mattresses and contract fabrics destined for landfill, then convert them into valuable flame retardant and hygienic products designed for a range of markets," said British media quoting James Taylor, managing director of JR Group UK.

Spread across 6.5 acres, the construction work for phase 1 is likely to be completed by September 2018 while the work for phase 2 has already kick-started. Adopting a sustainable method of production, the project will use state-of-the-art machinery which costs more than £3 million.

"I am delighted we have supported JR Group UK in this project that will create jobs and boost the local economy. It’s great that our strong industrial heritage in textile manufacturing continues to grow and it’s a real success story for Bradford, the textile industry and the region as a whole," Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said. (RR)

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