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May 08, 2019

New looms arrive at Arville, as part of production-boosting investment.

Arville has begun 2019 by taking delivery of three new high-speed weaving looms – the first part of a suite of new machinery.

“The Picanol OptiMax-i flexible rapier machines have been shipped in from Belgium and are now fully integrated into the existing fleet of looms. They will contribute to a significant expansion of production capacity at our Wetherby site. Three more such machines will be added to our factory later this year, as well as specialist warping equipment, which will further boost the speed and output of our weaving capabilities.”

Group Head of Marketing for Arville, Andy Smith, said: “The new looms will give a welcome boost to our production of bespoke textiles which are used in demanding applications across a wide range of sectors including defence, aerospace, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. We are looking forward to using them to achieve great results, as we continue to develop ever lighter, stronger and more sophisticated fabrics.”

“Together, this investment in new equipment will help us to work towards our goals to grow output and sales revenue by some 20% – a significant increase in what we can do.”

Recent years have seen Arville experience record levels of successive double-digit growth and the planned investment will help to keep the business growing at a pace with customer demand.

Arville’s strategic aim is to position the business as a ‘best-in-class’ specialist in the design, weaving, finishing, coating and fabrication of technical textiles.