A LEADING textile manufacturer based in Bradford has been granted planning permission to build a new storage warehouse at one of its sites in the city.

James Robinson Fibres Ltd has been operating in Bradford for more than 160 years, and is one of the leading and oldest suppliers of manmade staple fibres and recycled textile wastes in the UK.

It supplies products predominantly to the furniture, furnishings, bedding, carpet and blanket industries operating worldwide.

The firm’s head office and a warehouse is based in the Euroway Industrial Estate, and it also has a subsidiary site in Elland, Halifax, and warehouse facilities in Taiwan for international shipments.

It has been developing a new site in Cutler Heights Lane in Dudley Hill since 2016, and the approval of a new warehouse is the latest addition to the site.

The site was formerly occupied by engineering company NG Bailey.

An office building on the site was partially demolished and refurbished, and a new manufacturing unit is currently being constructed on site, along with a redeveloped parking area.

The new warehouse, which will be used for storage of products before distribution, and will create ten new jobs, would allow a “synergy in use of resources” between nearby businesses, according to the plan’s design and access statement.

The ten new jobs add to the 70 created by the first development.

The plan’s design and access statement said the company was expanding to Cutler Heights Lane because the buildings on its current site were too small.

It said: “J R Fibres require relocating because the buildings on their current site are now too small to expand because of site boundary restraints.

“The new building will provide space to expand and is close to other business locations, allowing synergy in use of resources.

“They are aiming to continue and expand their current felt underlay production as well as examine other possible future products.

“This will use recycled materials. In addition while they expand their share of the market it will make polyester wadding from virgin and recycled fibre.”

The expansion will see production increase by more than 200 per cent, and turnover increase from £1 million to £8 million.