Historic fabric manufacturer AW Hainsworth makes key sustainability appointment

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Paul Dudley, AW Hainsworths new Head of Engineering and Sustainability

AW Hainsworth, a British fabric manufacturer and vertical woollen mill based at Stanningley Bottom, has appointed Paul Dudley as its new Head of Engineering and Sustainability.

This newly created role will focus on shaping AW Hainsworth’s Engineering and Sustainability strategy and fostering a culture of continuous improvement across the organisation.

Paul joins AW Hainsworth with an extensive engineering, environmental, and health and safety management background, having spent the last 28 years predominantly working in the furniture industry. He previously worked for a German textile machine manufacturer in Leeds and has a vast knowledge of textile machinery and processes.

He said: “Joining AW Hainsworth feels like returning to my roots in textiles. The company’s rich history, manufacturing excellence, dedication to its workforce and environmental impact align perfectly with my passion for sustainability. I’m excited to help embed a sustainable culture in all areas of the business and to be part of a company that heavily invests in the interest of the workforce while putting environmental impact at the heart of everything it does.”

In his new role, Paul will focus on several key sustainability initiatives to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, increase employee well-being, and enhance overall efficiency. His initial efforts will include benchmarking data to guide the company’s sustainability strategy and exploring energy-saving operations for various systems and processes.

Founded in 1783, AW Hainsworth is known for producing iconic British woollen cloth and high-performing textiles. The company’s rich heritage includes furnishing royal interiors, palaces, and the House of Lords.

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