Textile manufacturer AW Hainsworth opens new £250,000 laboratory

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Bosses at heritage woollen mill AW Hainsworth have unveiled their latest investment in the future of textile innovation – a £250,000 state-of-the-art new laboratory space.

The space, based at the company’s headquarters at Stanningley Bottom, includes a range of new testing instruments and advanced machinery that will greatly enhance the company’s current in-house testing capabilities.

It took six months to build the laboratory, and its opening was celebrated with a launch party attended by Hainsworth’s customer partners, suppliers and figures from Leeds council and universities. The guests were given a tour of the lab and the wider mill, and were given the opportunity to speak in-depth with our technical team.

Managing Director Amanda McLaren hailed the laboratory opening as an investment into Hainsworth’s future. She said:

“The lab isn’t just a refurbishment, it’s an investment in the skills of our people.

“I’m so proud of our team for their hard work completing this much-needed investment. With this new facility in place we’re better positioned than ever before to provide our customers with premium fabrics that surpass international safety standards, while also enabling ourselves to develop lab services for the future. 

“With this investment we are reinforcing our commitment to our people, our customers and our community.” 

Check out the video below for more on the development:

The Hainsworth cloth textile company was founded in 1783 by Abimelech Hainsworth and still operates one of the oldest mills in the country, Spring Valley Mills in Stanningley.

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