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Howorth – Returning to Its Textile Roots

29 February 2012

Howorth Pharma, best known for providing bespoke containment solutions for the pharmaceutical and medical markets, has recently supplied one of its downflow booths to a rather unusual client – Park Valley Dyers.


Park Valley Dyers is a new company, formed following a collaboration between Holmfirth Dyers and Camira Fabrics.  It is the first dye house to be built in the last 25 years, bucking a trend which has seen the textile industry decline considerably in recent decades.


The booth was first showcased inNew Yorkat the Interphex pharmaceutical show, and was designed by Howorth for use when working with pharmaceutical compounds.  It provides an exceptional level of protection for operators at Park Valley Dyers, who will use it to ensure safety during the precise measuring and weighing of dry powder dyes taken from bulk containers. This procedure is part of an exclusive new low liquor dyeing process the company is introducing, which could save millions of litres of fresh water annually.


Powder Handling Booth

Powder Handling Booth

This innovative project marks a return to working with the textile industry for Howorth for, as befitting a Lancashire company founded in Rochdale and operating to this day fromBolton, Howorth’s history started with the mills. The air in the mills had to be kept hot and humid to prevent the thread breaking and as a result rooms were poorly ventilated and the air was often thick with cotton dust.  In 1858,  Rochdale man James Howorth set up James Howorth & Co Ltd, manufacturing apparatus for humidifying, ventilating, heating, air-conveying, dust control and drying applications within the textile industry.  Over 150 years later, the company continues to engineer clean air for pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical clients around the world.


Michael Mellor, Technical Director of Howorth Pharma, says:  As Howorth has many ties to the textile industry, we are proud to be working with Park Valley Dyers.  We are confident that Howorth’s input will enable operators to carry out their work safely and efficiently.”