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HISTORY SALES DIVISION PROCESSING DIVISIONCHINA PLANT OPENSREFIT OF BRADFORD BUILDING

SALES DIVISION

We provide many different raw materials to the spinning & weaving, non-woven, filling and saddle industries, as well as raw materials for the plastics industry.

We have though in the past few years specialised in technical synthetic fibres, particularly para and meta-aramid, dehaired cashmere, stock yarns for the weaving trade and fillings for the saddle industry.

At the beginning of 2000 we opened an office in Germany for purchasing, sales and advice on processing.
 

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HISTORY

HISTORY SALES DIVISION PROCESSING DIVISIONCHINA PLANT OPENSREFIT OF BRADFORD BUILDING

 

The Company was originally established in 1895 by Francis Henry Davy as The Bradford Waste Pulling Co Ltd on the same site that it occupies today and was engaged in the processing of mohair and alpaca laps for recombing. It was also one of a number of companies in the Bradford area offering garnetteing on a commission basis. Shortly before the first world war, the plant was extended to include the processing of wool worsted spinning threadwastes providing a raw material for the woollen spinning and felt industries. In 1919 Francis’s son Walter joined him in the Company following his service in the Royal Navy and over the next few years the Company gradually developed into one of the major textile waste processing plants in Europe.

The third decade of the twentieth century saw the introduction of condensor spinning and for the next 25-30 years yarns were produced using rami noils from the Yangtze River Basin and pure silk noils from various sources in the far east. This in turn lead to the establishment of a silk processing plant in Bradford. The yarns were used for ladies dress goods manufacturing in Ireland and France. During the war years, silk yarns were used for shot bags for the munitions industry. The post war years saw huge quantities of alpaca and camelhair fleece being prepared for the woollen spinning industry.

In 1949 Walter’s eldest son Keith joined the Company after serving in the Royal Navy and 3 years at University of Leeds. He was followed in 1959 by the youngest son, Roger who’s involvement mainly concentrated in the running of the mill. Walter continued to work until an accident at work in 1963 after which he took a lesser part in the general running of the mill. Roger carried on in the running of the mill until 1991 when he retired.

In 1963, Keith Davy started the merchenting business, Keith Davy(Crantock)Limited, which to avoid conflict with the Bradford Waste Pulling Co’s commission customers dealt entirely with synthetic staple fibres and wastes. In 1978, Andrew, eldest son of Keith joined the business after studying at the University of Leeds and a year spent working in Japan. During the 1980s export markets were targeted and a move was made away from wool wastes into technical fibres and the dehairing of cashmere. A need was recognised to have people on the ground in various countries and therefore offices were opened in Germany and the United States of America. Also close contacts were established in China, which culminated in the opening of the joint venture factory which, initially concentrated in the dehairing of cashmere but has since expanded its operations to include the sorting of various textile wastes and opening and garnetting of materials for the Far East, European and American markets. As the costs of production in Europe have increased, it has been necessary to move machinery from Bradford to China to ensure continuity of this business.

In the early 1980s Mark Davy, Andrew’s younger brother joined the Company having had experience in the textile engineering industry. In January 1997 Stephen Howard joined the Company to technically upgrade the mill and advance the cashmere business.

PROCESSING DIVISION

HISTORY SALES DIVISION PROCESSING DIVISIONCHINA PLANT OPENSREFIT OF BRADFORD BUILDING

 


This division is a purely commission processor of textile raw materials and by-products.

  • Technical Synthetic Fibres such as para and meta-aramid, PPS, Preox etc.
  • Speciality Natural Fibres
  • Mill Wastes

We have facilities for the following processes.

  • Sorting

  • Precision Cutting

  • Random Cutting

  • Opening & Pulling

  • Scouring

  • Garnetting

  • Carding and Sliverin

 

 

 

 

    Carding of Synthetic Fibre

 

Originally the company recycled primarily wool threads in many forms, but over the years this has expanded to a very wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres. We still process traditional textile wastes, particularly carpet threads for spinners.

The whole gamut of speciality natural fibres are processed. We are able to scour and card cashmere, camelhair, goathair and alpaca. Card & precision cut silk and garnet all types of threadwaste. The recent introduction of new revolutionary machinery also means that we are now able to make it economical to recover cashmere fine hair from the coarse hair discarded by cashmere dehairing companies.

As synthetic fibres started to be used in the textile industry, we moved with the times, installing new machinery or adapting old. We are now able to process both the standard synthetic fibres and all technical fibres such as para & meta-aramid, carbon, preox, PPS etc.

The company now has a customer base spread throughout the world. Many merchants, spinners and non-woven companies send their waste products for recycling and return.

 

 

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