100 Years of Textile Manufacturing in the UK

Blog-Meet The Makers

In December 2020 Milliken was proud celebrate our 100th year of manufacturing in the UK. The company was first registered in 1920 at the Waterside Mill in Bury in the North West of England, when it became one of the earliest textile manufacturers in the UK. It manufactured cotton shirtings and in later years industrial fabrics.

Mark_Sefton“100 years – what a milestone! A milestone that really speaks to the resilience of the company, that has seen it not only through a World War, but now a Coronavirus pandemic. Milliken is a company that will always stand behind its brand, will always act professionally, and one who at its heart is always thinking about not only our long-term success, but also the long-term success of our customers, because we recognise that as they grow, we can grow alongside and with them and share in their success. And the same philosophy that Milliken has towards our customers also rolls over into the way we think about our Associates. If I think about the Milliken purpose statement, one of the values is team work: empowering exceptional people. I can think back over the decades of exceptional people who have helped to build Milliken into the great company it is today.”

Mark Sefton, General Manager, Milliken Floor Covering EMEIA

35 Years of Carpet Manufacturing in the UK

Following the purchase of the Beech Hill Plant in Wigan, the first Millitron® carpet tile (using Milliken’s patented digital dye technology) was produced in the UK in 1986. This makes 2021 Milliken’s 35th year of carpet production in the UK. In that time, we are proud to have carpeted some of Europe’s most prestigious corporate buildings, been awarded both the British and European Quality Awards and recognised with some of the industry’s most coveted design awards.


35 years on and we are proud to still call Wigan home. As well as being the base for our carpet production facility and Customer Service team, the Beech Hill Plant also provides a creative hub for our Design, Development and Marketing teams.

Meet the Makers

As we move into our 101st year of UK textile manufacturing and 36th year of UK carpet manufacturing, we wanted to take you behind the scenes of our production process and share the stories of the skilled and dedicated local people who make our products. Meet The Makers presents the passion and craftsmanship of our wonderful Milliken Makers. Join us as we Feel their Passion, Admire their Craftsmanship and Respect their Dedication.