Waxed fabrics for the future


UKFT caught up with Jimmy Campbell, the managing director of Halley Stevensons, as part of UKFT’s British Textile Week to discuss textile innovation at the Dundee-based waxed cotton specialist.

With a mill based in Dundee, Scotland, Halley Stevensons has a rich textile history, proudly dyeing and finishing under one roof. But this is not a company that is willing to rest on its laurels and focus only on its heritage. Underlining its commitment to sustainability by becoming a Bluesign partner last year, Halley Stevensons is also implementing a 3-year capital spend plan worth £3.5million to update machinery to lower its carbon footprint.

“Our technique was used by the UK army for covers and tarpaulins for many years and really started our journey into fabric dyeing and finishing,” said Jimmy. “By the early 1980s, that business joined up with George Halley’s to form Halley Stevensons. These days, we are known as makers of weather resistant outerwear and luggage canvas fabrics, and we specialise in wax bonds.”

The company was delighted to be recognised for its continual innovation in textiles, winning fashion supplier of the year 2021 at the Drapers Awards.

“It was a great honour and especially nice to receive it for innovation,” said Jimmy. “I think it shows how far the business has come over the years.

He explained that while the company has long been focused on innovation, now it is investing in new technology and machinery to take the firm in a new direction.

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