Manufacturers of roller coverings for textile machinery and conveyor drives

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J Thwaites was founded over 55 years ago in the heart of industrial Yorkshire by Jim Thwaites to manufacture compression moulded plastic toys. The company was very successful and competed strongly against more established companies like Chad Valley, one of the largest toy manufacturers at the time.

In the early 1950's Jim Thwaites spotted a gap in the market and started to make PVC temple rollers for the looms weaving modern man-made fabrics. This proved highly successful, and by the mid 1950's, J Thwaites Ltd had moved from toys to manufacturing PVC roller coverings for the textile trade. Jim's understanding of new developments in plastics materials technology allowed these innovative new products to outperform the traditional natural rubber textile machinery roller coverings and the business continued to grow. Since then the range has been under constant development with new products and specialist developments to meet increasingly demanding customer requirements.

Today, run by Jamie Thwaites, this third generation company is housed in a spacious purpose built manufacturing unit in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Investment in new machinery in 2012 means that the Tufgrip product is better and more respected than ever, and this is shown in the impressive increase in sales in 2012/2013 in to Europe, India and the USA markets.

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