HomeBusinessAxminster Carpets saved by private investors

Axminster Carpets saved by private investors


Axminster, the famous carpet manufacturer that not only has a Royal Warrant but also makes carpets for JD Wetherspoon pubs, airport lounges, hotels and several train companies, has been rescued from administration by a group of private investors.

Axminster carpets can be found in 80 per cent of UK trains.

The company went into administration on 19 February with debts reported to be £8 million. Administrators Duff & Phelps quickly sold off the underlay business, Axfelt, to rival Ulster Carpets and then sold the Axminster Carpet Shop to Wilton.

But prospects looked bleak for the main manufacturing business and its 80 employees.

However, a group of private investors from the UK, including members of the Dutfield family which relaunched carpet manufacturing in Axminster in 1937 after a fire closed the original factory in 1828, has now bought the business as a going concern. Currently called ACL Carpets Ltd, the name should shortly revert to Axminster Carpets.

Which is good news for the railways as Axminster carpets can currently be found in 80 per cent of all UK rolling stock.

Further Reading:
South Western Railway’s new carpets are Axminsters!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Improvements carried out on major London route

A revamp of 1980s signalling systems over the weekend saw services stopped temporarily between London Victoria and East Croydon. Trains were diverted to London Bridge...

Northern takes control of major rail facility

Northern has confirmed it now has full control of Neville Hill depot in Leeds. Previously, the depot – along with its 550-strong staff of engineers,...

HS2 trains to be built in UK – but by whom?

German train maker Siemens has launched a legal challenge to HS2 awarding its rolling stock contract to a joint venture of Hitachi Rail and...
- Advertisement -

More news

Operator appeals for more considered use of emergency alarms

Passengers hitting the emergency alarms have cause 17 hours of delay in only half a year for one operator. From 1 April to 4 September...

Rail safety cyber security expert lands professor role

Rail safety cyber security specialist Dr Emma Taylor has taken up the role of visiting professor at Cranfield University. The appointment involves lecturing in the...

Night Tube set to return next month

After being suspended because of the pandemic, Transport for London (TfL) has said that the Night Tube is set to make a comeback in...