Heritage

Arville's story begins in Harrogate, Yorkshire, in 1954. The purpose-built Arville Works were originally used to manufacture textiles that would be used to make uniforms for the public transport sector – and to this day, we continue to provide technical textiles for essential public services.

 

In 1960, the business relocated to Wetherby, where Arville entered the technical textiles industry by creating filtration fabrics. Continued growth saw a second factory open in 1973, with this additional capacity seeing us branch out further into weaving synthetic yarns.

 

By 1989, the first Dornier looms had been installed at Arville's Wetherby factory, with a dedicated finishing plant following in 1991, strengthening our ability to provide a complete, integrated end-to-end approach to textile manufacture.

 

Over the past two decades, Arville has acquired the Multiple Fabric Company, and P&S Textiles to further diversify our production portfolio, and provide additional services to our customers, creating the Arville group of companies.

 

More recently, Arville has completed a £1 million upgrade of its fabric coating plant, invested in an additional stenter line to increase finishing capacity, installed a laser flatbed cutting table, and improved the energy efficiency of our production machinery as part of our ongoing dedication to providing a best-in-class service and approach.

 

The process of improvement is never finished – from our early days manufacturing industrial textiles to our current work exploring the future of ballistics and aerospace, Arville is always driving innovation.

 

 

1954 – The Early Years

Arville was founded by William Wight who, with Eddie Fegan, began contract weaving woollen textiles which were used in the manufacture of uniforms for the public transport sector.

These looms were situated in the purpose built Arville Works building in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

1960 – Factory Move

As the business grew it relocated to Wetherby to benefit from improved transport links and availability of labour. New work was secured manufacturing textiles which were used in the filtration industry, providing an entry into the market for technical textiles.

Arville was closely involved in the development of polyamide, polyester and polypropylene fabrics into industrial and technical applications.

1973 - Second Factory Built

To meet with increasing demand, further premises (Factory 2) were built at Wetherby to create dedicated capacity for twisting and warping machinery to feed the looms.

Woven fabrics continued to become more specialised as synthetic man-made fibres were increasingly used in commercial applications due to their high strength/weight ratios and thermal stability.

1978 - Weaving Synthetic Yarns

The first rapier weaving machinery was installed for the production of flat fabrics.

The commercial availability of second generation synthetic fibres such as Nomex and Kevlar allowed for further specialisation into the field of high-performance woven fabrics.

1985 – Market Growth

A second bay was built at Factory 2 to meet with increasing demand as Arville continued to grow its market share within the defence, aerospace and automotive industries, supplying key companies with high performance woven textiles.

1989 – Fleet Expansion

The first Dornier looms were installed at Wetherby, over time this capacity was strengthened to become a state-of-the-art fleet specialising in the weaving of technical textiles.

1991 – Plant Development

Dedicated finishing equipment was installed so that all finishing processes could be carried out in-house, improving efficiency, quality and technical performance of the fabrics.

1995 – Further Investment

A Benninger warping machine was installed.

Sectional warping allowed for much faster, more consistent and controlled loom set-up by pre-tensioning the warp yarns.

1997 - Acquisition

Arville acquired The Multiple Fabric Company to further diversify the offering to customers with complex requirements for pre-fabricated textile pieces.

The acquisition of The Multiple Fabric Company brought with it the technical capability, experience and flexibility to design and manufacture bespoke fabric compositions which are used throughout industry.

2000 - Acquisition of Coating Plant

Arville acquired a coating plant, P&S Textiles to further strengthen its portfolio of textile production, creating the capability of complete end-to-end manufacturing of technical fabrics entirely within the Arville group of companies.

The ability to enhance fabrics by the application of chemical coatings and compounds opened up growth potential within a wide range of end markets.

Present Day

Today sees Arville positioned as a 'best-in-class' specialist in the field of technical textiles operating with a team of highly experienced textile professionals who have expert knowledge of fabric design, weaving technology, loom set-up, coating & finishing properties and product make-up.

Supplying to a customer base that encompasses over 50 countries worldwide, our development team works with customers to deliver bespoke customised textile solutions to meet their exact textile product needs.

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