Polyflor's Manchester facility in Bury

Polyflor celebrates 100 years of manufacturing

  • 7 Sep 2015

Vinyl flooring specialist Polyflor is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing in Manchester, where the family-run company was originally founded in 1915.

Over the past century, the expansion of Polyflor’s parent company, James Halstead PLC, has been managed by four generations of the Halstead family of entrepreneurs in Bury, Greater Manchester. 

The company’s original trade was the waxing and showerproofing of cloth for raincoats, before expanding into flooring in 1934.

Founding Polyflor

After chemist Bill Roberts experimented with PVC to create a practical floorcovering at the company’s Whitefield factory, Polyflor vinyl flooring was launched in 1954 when a 24-year-old Geoffrey Halstead, the groups current Executive Chairman, started up his sales operation.

By persuading many contractors to move from promoting and installing existing linoleum products to working with more advanced Polyflor vinyl flooring, vinyl flooring soon became the company’s most profitable product.

Since pioneering the development of homogeneous vinyl flooring in 1950s, Polyflor has become a leading company for commercial vinyl floorcoverings, boasting a significant market share around the world.

The company now manufactures a wide range of flooring products, from safety flooring to luxury vinyl, to be installed in homes, offices, hospitals and schools amongst others.

With a reported turnover of £223.5m and pre-tax profit of £41.9m for the financial year ending June 2014, James Halstead PLC is a major employer in the Manchester area.

Polyflor employs approximately 500 staff across its original manufacturing site in Whitefield and its sales and marketing office in Oldham. In 2010 Polyflor also acquired a new heterogeneous sheet manufacturing site in Teesside, North East England.

Executive Chairman Geoffrey Halstead commented, “After James Halstead Ltd was started in 1915 with just three employees and four machines in our factory, we’ve come an awfully long way but are still close to our roots in Manchester. 

We’re proud to be a UK manufacturer and to have the Polyflor brand known globally as one of the leaders in the flooring industry who are Covering The World as our slogan says.” 

Contact:

Polyflor,
Radcliffe New Road,
Whitefield,
Manchester,
United Kingdom,
M45 7NR

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