PUDSEY company AW Hainsworth has unveiled their latest investment in the future of textile innovation – a quarter of a million-pound state-of-the-art new laboratory space.

The UKAS-accredited space includes a range of new testing instruments and advanced machinery supplied by leading manufacturers, James Heal of Halifax and Roaches International, that will greatly enhance the company’s current in-house testing capabilities.

In addition to including the latest testing equipment, the laboratory is a much more modern, spacious and accessible environment.

Managing Director Amanda McLaren hailed the laboratory opening as an investment into Hainsworth’s future.

She said: “The opening of our new testing facility is an excellent opportunity for AW Hainsworth to reinforce our technical expertise and demonstrate our commitment to people development, as outlined in our corporate sustainability strategy.

"We have a very strong technical team, and having access to a state-of-the-art laboratory will enable them to reach their full potential as technicians. The lab isn’t just a refurbishment, it’s an investment in the skills of our people.

“The new laboratory will also ensure AW Hainsworth is able to continue to adhere to industry quality standards, and that the business firmly remains an innovator in the field of fabric development.”