Accrington’s promotional textiles manufacturer, Lantex, has an incredibly special anniversary this year – its centenary. Coinciding with this mammoth milestone, the company has announced record sales, with turnover reaching £2 million plus.
Lantex’s chairman, David Hardman, whose family have owned the business since the early days, commented: “Reaching £2million 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 one per cent of our raw materials wasted and 85% of our off-cuts recycled.”
The manufacturing outfit deals with a broad range of kitchen and catering textiles alongside promotional items – all bespoke and made to order. In addition to producing tea towels, tote bags, cushion covers, aprons, table cloths and promo merchandise, Lantex also sells blank fabric to printers and designers.
Managing director John Parker explained: “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.”