Our first patent was awarded in 1910, for 'cleaning and water-proofing textiles'. With over a 150 years of innovation, we continue to create new and unique textiles.
PATENTS AND INNOVATION
Where science meets art
For nearly 200 years, Dundee’s prosperity was dependent on the textile industry and was the largest jute manufacturer in the world. Our textile journey began in 1864, originating as a jute weaving mill as part of the industrial revolution.
Innovation is the life blood of our business past and present and Francis Stevensons soon after 1864 diversified and through innovative thinking, developed dyed and finished textile products of the time.
The early 1900’s saw our company direct its energies towards the war effort. Numerous experiments were carried out to find a way to clean, preserve and water-proof textile equipment.
The novel approach was to use a pigment (khaki green), a soap and Potash Alum to form a waterproof barrier which was approved by the Army Council in 1910. It remained standard for many years, at one time during World War 1, it was the only fabric renovator allowed to be used. Patent no. 24593 was applied for in 1910 and awarded in 1911. By the late 1970’s, Francis Stevensons and George Halleys (Kirkaldy, Fife) amalgamated to form Halley Stevensons.
The high tradition of skills and fabric innovation imposed by our original guildsmen is still our benchmark standard of honest workmanship today.
Environmental responsibility is at the forefront of our latest developments and products.
Our cottons are sustainably sourced with long term industry partners and controlling organisations such as OCS (Organic Content Standard) and BCI (Better Cotton Initiative).
We use processes that are gentle to the product and low impact to the environment. Our dyeing methods use very low levels of water and our waxes are simply heated up for application and cooled down to store when not in use, meaning no waste discharges.
Technology is evolving at a rapid rate and sustainable manufacturing requires the latest equipment to improve efficiency.
With this in mind, we design and build our own bespoke machines that allow us to process our unique fabrics and be adaptable to innovative thinking.
Our team use time served experience and evolving technology to make improved new products that are designed to last a lifetime.