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Camira Fabrics

Huddersfield-based Camira Fabrics design and manufacture a wide range of textiles across broad sectors, including contract work, office spaces, schools and public transport. Huddersfield-based Camira Fabrics design and manufacture a wide range of textiles across broad sectors, including contract work, office spaces, schools and public transport. The business trades in over 80 countries worldwide and over 60% of its £60 million turnover derives from exports. 

SUPPPLY CHAIN / TECHNOLOGY / INNOVATION

The company’s global head office and research and development base is located in Huddersfield, in the heart of Leeds City Region’s manufacturing centre. Camira Fabrics’ decades of expertise, brand heritage, quality and value maintains their reputation as one of the world’s most respected fabric suppliers at the top of their game. 

Camira Fabrics’ innovation is also noteworthy, most recently their “bast fibre” fabrics made from natural blends of wool and fibres from harvested plants such as nettles, hemp, flax and jute. Thanks to a cutting-edge research and development team and with access to resources such as the Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence, the company has launched a number of industry firsts.

“We’re a very diverse business requiring diverse skills in both manufacturing and technical, as well as the wider general business and departmental functional skills. We draw on local universities in Leeds and Huddersfield for talent as they offer practical textile degrees. Because tradition alone won’t sustain us, we blend skilled craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence with advanced R&D in numerous areas: flame retardants, plasma and laser technology, fabric coatings, bast fibres, to build long-term sustainability.”

Steve Bullas, Chief Executive, Camira

The requirement at Camira Fabrics for skilled craftspeople with bespoke capabilities is well-catered for in Leeds City Region, with a successful modern apprenticeship programme allowing the specialist manufacturer to build and upskill a diverse workforce.

The company’s roots here means they draw on the areas long associated history with textile expertise to deliver a vertical operation, from yarn spinning and yarn dyeing, through to weaving and textile finishing. The local landscape has also provided inspiration for several product developments in terms of design and colouration.