Lantex marks centenary with record sales

David Hardman

Promotional textiles manufacturer, Lantex, is celebrating its centenary year by announcing record sales.

Turnover has reached over £2 million for the Accrington-based company that manufactures a wide range of kitchen and catering textiles and promotional items, all bespoke and made to order.

As well as producing tea towels, tote bags, cushion covers, table cloths, aprons and promotional merchandise, the firm sells blank fabric to printers and designers. Each week more than 12,000 items are made to order for online retailers, printers, promotion companies and restaurants.

Chairman, David Hardman, whose family have owned the company since its early days, said: “Reaching £2 million of sales is a fantastic way to celebrate our centenary. One hundred years of history is something to be proud of, and we believe we have achieved this landmark by flexibility, assessing what the future holds and keeping costs low. We are specialists in this textile printing/promotional merchandise sector, producing over 12,000 units a week, and can turn bespoke orders around very quickly. We are also utterly committed to maintaining the balance of nature in all we do, with less than 1 per cent of our raw materials wasted and 85% of our off cuts recycled.”

Managing director, John Parker, who joined Lantex in 1982, said: “Our production facility is modern and flexible so we can make exactly what customers require. We work together at the design stage and we agree a delivery date. In the past decade we’ve invested £230,000 in training, new plant and machinery and £40,000 in R&D. The number of employees has increased fourfold over the last 12 years due to demand for more complex products and presentation.”

Modernisation of machinery, premises and facilities has been made possible through Government grants over the last 10 years and Lantex is regarded as an excellent example of the modern textile industry.

The company has a strong environmental ethos spearheaded by Mr Hardman, who has a personal and long-standing commitment to reducing the carbon footprint, slowing down climate change and using less fossil fuels. The factory has a solar panel system on the roof which enables it to generate a large proportion of its own electricity, with the excess feeding the national grid. To add to the green credentials, 80% of the factory lighting is LED and the production rooms are lit by natural daylight.

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