Carrington Textiles was awarded the ‘Services to the Pandemic’ award for our support to the healthcare sector in the UK and Europe, after increasing capacity at our main processing facility in the UK and supplying over 10 million metres of specialised fabric for medical workwear during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
We received the accolade at the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) Awards and Summit in London, an annual event that celebrates the innovation and achievements of individuals and businesses from the industry. The two-day affair started with an insightful summit gathering companies from around the globe to discuss the challenges and solutions for sustainability in textiles, followed by an elegant black-tie evening ceremony to recognise the efforts of people from around the workwear and uniform sectors who make the difference.
Carrington Textiles received the ‘Services to the Pandemic’ award due to our around-the-clock work with some of the biggest garment providers to the NHS and the healthcare sector in France, Germany, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, managing to supply the equivalent in specialised fabric of over 5 million sets of uniforms, including scrub suits or tunics and trousers.
Additionally, as manufacturers from the fashion industry re-purposed their production for scrub suits, and self-created ‘scrub hubs’ proliferated around the nation, Carrington Textiles supported with much-needed supplies of fabric.
We also received the highly commended award under the ‘Best Fabric and Fibre Innovation’ category for the development of our Antiviral Finish for workwear fabrics, a product that we’ve been offering long before the start of the global pandemic in 2020, however, as key workers from around the world were demanding extra protection, we focused on running tests on the product to make sure this solution was effective. In August 2020 we were able to go to market with our Antiviral Finished Fabrics for workwear tested under the ISO 18184: 2019 standard.
Congratulations to everybody across the group for this great achievement and well deserved recognition from the professional clothing association!