Firstly we hope and trust that you and your families are safe and well in what is a very uncertain time for us all.
We are all adapting to new ways of working and communicating with each other and remain committed to providing the support for your projects that you have come to expect from Ulster.
Our designers, planners & sales staff across the world are working actively from home to bring your projects to life. Design work, colour support, plans & commercial specifications are all available through our highly skilled teams.
Our online portal provides you with endless design inspirations, access to our wide range of colours and the opportunity to bring your creative ideas to the fore.
Handtrials and colour tufts are also available for despatch, on our fast 3 day turnaround, from our head office to assist you with your project development.
We are here to do our part in keeping your projects on track so please don’t hesitate to contact your local sales representative if we can help in any way.
Ulster Carpets is pleased to announce the acquisition of Axfelt, manufacturers of high quality and fully sustainable underlay.
The purchase of this successful brand further demonstrates Ulster’s commitment to developing complementary products to enhance its customer offering.
Ulster’s ethos and future plans very much revolve around quality and service excellence, and these standards will be brought to bear at Axfelt ensuring the existing product is fully supported and developed at the existing Axminster Carpets base.
David Acheson, Ulster’s Head of Strategic Operations commented, “We are delighted to be playing a part in the immediate retention of one part of the facility at the Axminster Carpets site. Working with the current employees, Ulster is committed to growing and developing this highly successful product in Devon. Ulster Carpets are already developing a number of related businesses in the locality with a view to further increasing employment opportunities as it continues to expand its wider brand portfolio.”
Axfelt is made from 100% recycled materials, including wool rich carpet and rubber tyres. This fits perfectly with Ulster’s desire to develop environmentally responsible UK based manufacturing facilities. The recycled nature of the product was an important factor in the decision and it is planned that the Axfelt production facility will become a future Group hub for developments in recycling, as well as a home for repurposing the Group’s current yarn and carpet waste.
The acquisition is being funded from cash reserves and continues to reflect Ulster’s philosophy of acquiring high quality businesses in the floor covering and luxury interiors sector.
Ulster Carpets has formed a joint venture with Mourne Textiles, a hand loom weaving workshop in Rostrevor, to create a new company known as Mourne Weavers.
This collaborative partnership will create a number of new jobs and will also allow both companies to share knowledge and expertise to explore global opportunities. Both Ulster Carpets and Mourne Textiles will continue to trade as normal, with Mourne Weavers operating separately from new premises in Warrenpoint.
Both Ulster Carpets and Mourne Textiles are third-generation, family-owned companies that have helped retain the rich heritage of Northern Ireland’s textile industry on the global stage.
Mourne Textiles creates a range of artisan goods that are sold in regions as diverse as Japan, Australia, North America and Europe. The new joint venture, Mourne Weavers, will combine the key strengths of both companies to produce luxury woven furnishing fabrics, curtain fabrics, cushions and blankets for the commercial interior design sector.
“In terms of quality craftsmanship, bespoke designs and local heritage, both Mourne Textiles and Ulster Carpets have a shared philosophy and a strong passion for our industry. That is why the creation of Mourne Weavers is the perfect partnership,” explained Mario Sierra, Creative Director, Mourne Textiles. “We are delighted to have secured this substantial investment from Ulster Carpets that will allow us to retain the core strengths of Mourne Textiles while growing into new sectors with Mourne Weavers.”
Ulster Carpets is aiming to build on the company’s success within the artisan sector, following the 2016 acquisition of Herefordshire-based Roger Oates Design, which designs and hand produces unique stripe runners and rugs.
David Acheson, Head of Strategic Operations at Ulster Carpets, explained, “The creation of Mourne Weavers and the product range that it will offer perfectly complements Roger Oates Design. We have no doubt that we will be able to combine this expertise with our knowledge of the global market to firmly establish Mourne Weavers within the commercial sector.”
Nick Coburn, Group Managing Director at Ulster Carpets, continued, “This investment in Mourne Weavers is indicative of the forward-thinking ethos of both companies and is in line with the core values of quality and design at Ulster Carpets.
“Despite the many challenges within the global market, we continue to show confidence in the marketplace and we are excited about the new opportunities that this new joint venture will bring.
“It also underpins our ongoing growth and diversification strategy to invest in the development of similar businesses and allows us to widen our portfolio into this exciting niche sector in Ireland.”
Vescent is the new eclectic contract stock collection from Ulster Carpets designed exclusively to meet the varied demands of the international hospitality industry.
Featuring six contemporary designs – Linea, Arbor, Nexus, Calx, Vapor and Nebula – in 21 colourways Vescent is guaranteed to complement any commercial setting. The neutral colour palette used throughout the collection ties in with modern fabric and wallpaper collections while the experimental colours add a flash of colour for those seeking something different.
Vescent is available from stock with no minimum order. This collection is 4m wide and woven in 9 row axminster quality – 80% wool / 20% nylon, making it suitable for use in a wide range of busy contract applications.
Within Vescent, Linea, Arbor and Nexus are structured designs while Calx, Vapor and Nebula are more organic.
Arbor and Linea feature smart, clean lines and shapes positioned on top of multiple layers that create depth and texture. Nexus features a beautifully structured design similar to fretwork with very soft neutral tones and lots of layers adding to its contemporary distressed look.
Within the organic designs, Calx reflects the natural world with layers and tones reminiscent of lichen and lava. Nebula offers a soft textured subtle design ideal for grounding areas hosting statement pieces, while Vapor’s ethereal misty top pattern reveals glimpses of an underlying herringbone pattern.
As with all axminster carpet produced by Ulster Carpets, Vescent is manufactured to the very highest environmental standards.
Take a look at some of these stunning new designs.
The awards were established in 2016 by the Campaign for Wool Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, to highlight the diversity and breadth of quality in design, production, innovation and marketing across the carpet and rug sector. The awards also demonstrate the strength of British brands manufacturing in the UK.
This year there were over 100 entries for 12 categories. Judges assessed the entries based on design, colour, innovation and technical excellence.
Receiving the awards at the ceremony in Harrogate, Ulster’s Residential Sales Director Jeremy Wilson commented: “We are delighted to accept these two awards which recognise Ulster’s excellent creative design talent, innovation and quality.”
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty today (Monday 10 September) unveiled Ulster Carpets’ new Dyehouse and Energy Centre, the first stage of the company’s £40 million capital investment and regeneration programme.
The state of the art facility located at Ulster’s Portadown headquarters sees traditional dyeing methods replaced with innovative technology which will improve energy efficiency, increase capacity and reduce the environmental impact of the company’s dyeing processes. This new building was designed and constructed by local businesses, a deliberate strategy by Ulster Carpets, supported by Invest NI, to continue to invest in the local economy and support local jobs.
Officially opening the new Dyehouse and Energy Centre, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty said: “Ulster Carpets is clearly demonstrating their commitment to local jobs and the economy with the development of this impressive new facility. It’s fantastic to see this family business achieving success across the globe while keeping manufacturing here in the Borough.”
Nick Coburn, Ulster Carpets Group Managing Director and Deputy Chairman, added: “We are delighted to mark the official opening of our state of the art Dyehouse and Energy Centre today. This new facility, designed to improve energy efficiency and to significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint, completed the first phase of our major £40 million regeneration and capital investment programme.
“Ulster Carpets has been manufacturing carpet for 80 years in Portadown and today 75% of our product is exported out of the UK. As an indigenous Northern Ireland company we have proven that it is possible to successfully sell to every continent in the world despite many barriers and challenges. Ulster Carpets has always taken a long view of continually investing for the future and we are proud to be the leading company in our industry on the international stage.”
We are currently looking for a Project Planner to join our team in London.
The Project Planner will be responsible for all aspects of planning custom projects from calculation of initial quantities to producing seaming diagrams for approval and final installation diagrams.
Working in conjunction with Sales, Design and the Project Manager the main objective will be to plan projects as efficiently as possible, taking into account weaving widths, design repeats and customer requirements of final installation.
The role will involve carrying out site surveys as required and also business travel abroad.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
Liaise with Sales, Design and the Project Manager at project inception to establish and advise on weaving widths, design repeats and technical limitations
Read and quantify plans
Calculate best weaving widths and pile direction
Draft drawings for customer approval, design completion, warehouse checking and final installation
Compile project control sheets
Carry out site surveys as required
Compile uniweave projects
Create room layouts for customer approval
Liaise with the relevant personnel throughout all stages of the planning process updating on progress as required
Ensure all planning processes are carried out to meet project timelines for approvals and production
Ensure all planning processes are completed to the correct standard to enable projects to be entered accurately and efficiently by other internal departments
Liaise with the Planning Department in Portadown as required
Provide onsite installation advice / assistance when required
Additional Responsibilities for all Employees:
Adhere to Company Health & Safety Regulations at all times
Ensure implementation of the Company Equal Opportunities Policy at all times
Ensure all procedures are adhered to and a high level of Customer Service is maintained
Provide flexibility in supporting other departments as and when required
Comply with the Environmental Management ISO 14001 & Quality Management ISO 9001 systems
Carry out any other duties as deemed necessary and reasonable by management
GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English at Grade C or above
Previous experience in and competent use of AutoCAD and associated AutoDesk software
Good organisational skills and the ability to work on own initiative
IT literate to include Microsoft Office applications, particularly Excel
Good communication skills
Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise a number of work demands
Attention to detail
Professional and approachable
Ability to travel to HQ, Portadown, Co. Armagh for initial training and ongoing training. Initial training approx. 2 weeks.
Design or Construction related qualification
AutoCAD Qualification e.g. City & Guilds
Previous experience in a planning related role
Previous use of AutoCAD Release 17 / 18
If you would like to join the team please e-mail your CV specifying how you meet the criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
The Monitoring Officer,
Applicants must also demonstrate their right to work in the UK.
In accordance with our Equal Opportunities Policy, Ulster Carpets particularly welcomes applications from Catholics, Women and Disabled people who are currently under-represented in our workforce. The company is committed to selection on merit.
Ulster Carpets’ new Dye House and Energy Centre, situated at the company’s headquarters in Northern Ireland will not only facilitate a number of manufacturing efficiencies, it will also bring with it many environmental benefits in line with the company’s Sustainability Policy.
A dedicated building, state-of-the art technology and a complete move to package dyeing from hank, will increase capacity and improve the efficiency of the whole process providing faster response times.
The new dye house will deliver 20% more efficiencies than the building and processes that it replaces. This is mainly due to new a automated dispensing system that allows more accuracy on the weighing of dyes and chemicals.
New technology means that cycle times are reduced by eliminating the requirement to neutralise each dye lot as it is processed, therefore producing more dye lots per day.
Package dyeing uses considerably less water (40%), heat (25%) and chemicals (5-10%) per kilogram of yarn processed, and the system’s capabilities means a greater amount of dye lots can be produced in one day, making the new dye house more energy efficient.
At present, while much of the water used in the dye process is taken from Ulster’s own borehole, the rest comes from the local town supply. A reduction of 40% in water requirements minimises usage from the town supply reducing the environmental impact of the dye house on the local area.
The building has been designed and constructed by local businesses. This is a deliberate strategy by Ulster Carpets, supported by Invest NI, to continue to invest in Northern Ireland’s economy and to support local jobs.
Ulster Carpets was delighted to be included in the latest article by PWC ‘Changing Times’.
Next year, Ulster Carpets will celebrate 80 years of carpet manufacturing. Dedicated to producing the finest axminster and wilton products, to this day the family owned company remains committed to the original Ulster ethos based on growth and development. Whilst tough trading and financial periods have seen many of their competitors move their operations abroad, Ulster’s long term strategy and proactive business approach has enabled them to withstand the crisis and ensure all wilton and axminster manufacturing remains within the UK and Ireland. From the buying and processing of the wool in Ulster Yarns in Dewsbury, to the winding, dyeing and weaving at the Castleisland site in County Armagh, Ulster have control over every aspect of the process ensuring the quality of the carpet is of the highest standard.
People are at the heart of Ulster Carpets and it is the passion and dedication of its employees that sets them apart from the competition. Continuous demand for their products around the world, combined with expansion into new export markets has led to a recent increase in employment levels with 20 new jobs being created, providing a welcome boost to the local economy. Each year Ulster also runs a graduate scheme, taking on students across all areas of the business including design, sales, engineering and operations.
Technology and innovation is part of the Ulster Carpets’ ethos. Their patented PSYLO™ technology, which allows designers to use a superior number of colours without the need for a repeating pattern, has enabled them to become a market leader in the manufacturing of bespoke Axminster designs for the hospitality, cruise liner and casino markets. To date they have supplied some of the world’s most famous venues including the Ritz Paris, The Regent Fleet Seven Seas Explorer and the Burj Arab Hotel in Dubai.
In addition, investment in infrastructure plays a huge role in their growth and development. As part of a £35 million regeneration of all woven manufacturing facilities at their Northern Ireland headquarters, last year saw the completion of a brand new state-of-the-art Dye House and Energy Centre, designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The remaining phases of the redevelopment will be rolled out in the coming years.
Nick Coburn, Group Managing Director and Deputy Chairman commented:
“Ulster’s continued focus on innovation and investment has enabled us to grow and maintain our competitive advantage. We are a family owned, but professionally managed business committed to operating as a vertically integrated, self-sufficient company in order to maximise our control over the entire manufacturing process. This will ensure we continue to strengthen our position as a premium carpet brand in the years to come.”