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Carrington appoints new Research and Development Manager

Kirsty Kirk will be tasked with exploring future technologies and techniques within the personal protective workwear market.

27th January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Chorley

Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

The appointment comes on the back of a major recruitment phase, with the business growing its workforce by 20% in 2016, the company reports.

New opportunities

Kirsty has recently completed a master’s degree in Advanced Textiles Performance & Protective Clothing at the University of Leeds, with a key focus on the innovation of protective and performance clothing and sustainability. She brings more than twelve years’ experience in garment product development including positions at major womenswear, fitness and outdoor brands.

“What’s really exciting about this role is the scope of opportunity. There are so many avenues and routes to investigate,” commented Ms Kirk.

“We’re seeing huge advancements in wearable technology, for example, looking at ways to incorporate tech into the actual fabrics of workwear worn by firefighters and those working in dangerous environments. The possibilities are endless and I’m thrilled to be joining a company that is so dedicated to being at the cutting-edge of workwear fabrics.’’


Europe’s leading workwear manufacturer, Carrington supplies many of the world’s largest employers – spanning sectors from heavy industry to health.  Based in Lancashire, Carrington has over 125 years’ experience in textile processing and finishing, leading the industry in personal protective equipment.

Carrington’s current product range meets demand across four main areas: general workwear, flame retardants, waterproofing and the defence sector. The company is the largest producer of workwear fabrics in the UK, exporting to more than 75 countries, with over 60% of its products going to new markets. Carrington produces over 35 million metres of fabric annually.

It’s product range includes fabrics that protect workers against: static electricity, sparks, electric arc, chemical splash, acid solutions, heat, cold, poor visibility, bacteria, mosquitos, water and much more. Its customers include: McDonalds, UPS, BUPA, TATA Steel, Shell, Coca Cola, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, BP, Arcelor Mittal.

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