Ulster Carpets Purchases Griffith Textile Machines

Griffith Textiles Machines
Griffith Textiles Machines


Ulster Carpets is pleased to announce the acquisition of Griffith Textile Machines. The purchase of the premier UK manufacturer of textile machinery consolidates a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

GTM, formerly known as Bonas Griffith, is a leading innovator of technical textile machinery based in Sunderland. Combining their unique skills with Ulster’s weaving experience will lead to further significant improvements in carpet weaving technology.

This acquisition begins the second phase of the £35million regeneration of all Woven manufacturing facilities at Ulster’s Portadown site. Phase one was the recent completion of a £8 million Dye house and Energy centre increasing manufacturing efficiency as well as bringing a number of major environmental benefits. This regeneration project will ensure that manufacturing remains in Portadown long term, securing employment for the local area.

Working alongside the excellent management team and employees of GTM, Ulster is committed to enabling their continued growth and further developing new and exciting technology in the textile sector.
David Acheson, Ulster’s Head of Strategic Operations commented, “Ulster’s ethos and future plans very much revolve around quality, design excellence and technical innovation, and Griffith Textile Machines fits this perfectly. We are delighted to have secured this purchase and are excited about the future prospects as the two businesses combine their skills.”

Dave Watson, GTM’s Managing Director comments “with our shared strategic objectives and being such a clear fit, joining the Ulster Group was an obvious next step for both parties. We are thrilled with the rare opportunity to focus on developing innovative solutions based on our joint peerless technology. Joining the Ulster Group is the culmination of a twenty five year business relationship and will encourage GTM to achieve its maximum potential to the benefit the group.

The acquisition is being funded from cash reserves and reflects Ulster’s desire to continue to broaden the Group by selectively adding outstanding businesses when and where the appropriate opportunity arises.

Ulster News: New Appointment for Ahmed Nour

As part of the expansion and development of the European and Middle East contract division, Ulster Carpets have restructured roles within the team to strengthen our customer support to these markets. As part of this restructuring, Ahmed Nour has transferred to the UK  from our Dubai operation and has been appointed as International Contracts Manager. Based in our London office and working with our sales and design teams in the UK, Ahmed will be responsible for the development of the Contract business both in the UK and the Middle East.

In this role Ahmed will continue to travel regularly to the Gulf and will be responsible for  generating business in both regions. Ahmed’s clients in the Gulf region will still be able to contact him directly on the numbers below. We wish Ahmed all the best in his new role.

Ulster Carpets Ahmed Nour
International Contracts Manger Middle East and UK – Ahmed Nour

Due to increased demand, Ulster have further expanded our contract sales division with the addition of two graduates to the team. Chris Colvin will be taking up a sales post in the London office, while Chelsey Lenaghan, who has a background in languages, is undertaking a secondment to our Parisian office.

London Marriott Regents Park

London Marriott Regents Park

Just a stone’s throw from the famous Regents Park, the London Marriott Hotel is all about style and substance. An upmarket North London location called for a sophisticated interior when the hotel recently under went a refurbishment programme which included bespoke Ulster axminster.

Armed with a brief which took its inspiration from the hotel’s namesake Regent’s Park, Ulster designers worked alongside ICA design practice to create an abstract, textural design which mimics the shadow play of light through the canopy of leaves. The soft, whimsical layers and organic colours create depth, whilst the hint of gold adds a luxurious touch.  Like the adjacent Royal Park, the interior spaces within the hotel offer a restful place in which to unwind whilst remaining reassuringly well appointed.

Ulster have worked a long established relationship with Marriott around the world and so were delighted to be involved in this most recent project. Ulster’s outstanding London-based sales and design team, make them the natural choice for projects in the capital, offering face to face consultation and timely customer service. Such is the demand for Ulster’s services in the London market, Ulster have recently expanded their sales team with the addition of Chris Colvin, who joined the company under a Graduate Management Scheme. After working in the company’s Purchasing department, Chris has now relocated to London and is enjoying a new challenge within the busy London market.

Marriott Regents Park
Marriott Regents Park

Design Practice: ICA

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Project Focus: Fairmont St Andrews

Fairmont St Andrews

The Fairmont St Andrews is renowned for golf, luxury and its stunning coastline location. It was the latter which inspired the recent refurbishment by RPW Architects. The highly anticipated refurbishment included a complete redesign of the Atrium and Kittock’s Bar featuring bespoke Ulster axminster. The Kittock’s Bar floor covering is inspired by the breath taking aerial views of the dramatic coastline whilst the atrium carpet, draws inspiration from the fishing heritage of the town. Nautical blues and soft neutral tones, mimic the movement of the sea, whilst a net ‘overlay’ completes the theme.

Fairmont St Andrews

Le General Hotel, Paris

Le General

Hotel Le General, Paris is unashamedly cool. Close to the Place de la Republique in the heart of the 11th arrondisement, the hotel is located in one of the French capital’s trendiest districts. Surrounded by bars, music venues, history, art and fashion, le General manages to epitomise the cultural vibrancy of its neighbourhood. The interiors are contemporary and luxurious, but the combination of moody, dark walls and colourful Ulster carpets invites you to stay a while, creating a cosy – but always cool environment.

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Working closely with Jean Philippe Nuel, Ulster designed bespoke woven axminster carpets, which reflect the cultural melting pot of the area and the social connections enjoyed both inside and outside the hotel. The carpet in the public areas creates relaxed social spaces, which would not look out of place in an upmarket loft apartment – emphasising the home away from home relaxation. The design itself employs a bright, joyful colour palette which acts as a background to the haphazard joining and parting of strong ‘zigzag’ lines, representing life and the branches of human connection, both long and fleeting. In the guest rooms, the theme is continued however, a more restful monochrome colour palette is used.

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