ADLINGTON – Carrington, Europe’s largest manufacturer of workwear fabrics, has appointed a new research and development manager. Kirsty Kirk will explore the company's future technologies and techniques within the personal protective workwear market, by exploring the options for commercial viability for various innovations.
The appointment comes on the back of a major recruitment phase for Carrington, which grew its workforce by 20 per cent in 2016.
Kirk recently completed a masters in Advanced Textiles Performance and Protective Clothing at the University of Leeds, with a 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," she said.
"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"
Carrington’s product portfolio includes personal protective equipment for static electricity, sparks, electric arc, chemical splash, acid solutions, heat, cold, poor visibility, bacteria, mosquitos, water and more.
Operating in 71 countries worldwide, the company’s customers include McDonalds, UPS, BUPA, TATA Steel, Shell, Coca Cola, Jaguar Land Rover and BP.