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The Textile Institute 1996
When Allan Ormerod retired from full time employment in 1995 he had completed 60 years in the textile industry. In ?An Industrial Odyssey?, he shares the experiences of a career that has spanned massive changes in machinery, practice and organisation. This autobiography is invaluable reading for the next generation of textile engineers and technologists who will be responsible for conceptualising, constructing and managing textile factories.
The Ashton Brothers period 1937-39 and 1946-68 covers various senior appointments, including Managing Director of Ashton Brothers and Company Limited. This period saw the first UK installation of Barber Colman automatic spoolers and warpers (1947) and the first UK installation and second in the world of double-width configuration Sulzer projectile weaving machines (1954). In parallel with this internal development Ashtons doubled in size from 2500 to over 5000 workers by selective acquisition, to create an organisation with total fabric sales appreciably greater than total woven production, that was less vulnerable to variation in fabric off-take.
The Courtauld period 1968-70 includes the period of commissioning and working up to performance of the first three mills in the Northern Weaving Division at Skelmersdale, Carlisle and Lillyhall, and Lord Kearton's chemicals- to fibre- to yarn- to fabric concept to secure off-take for the fibre plants and Northern Spinning Division.
The Frame Organisation was at that time (1970s) the largest textile manufacturing organisation outside the USA, employing over 22,000 workers in South Africa, Rhodesia and Natal. The author was responsible for changing the product range to the production of high quality apparel, domestic and industrial textiles. Also during this period the company built and equipped a 200 tonne per week polyester fibre and textures filament plant entirely for in-house yarn and fabric manufacture.
From 1980 to 1993 the author was responsible for design, construction, procurement, and commissioning of new spinning, weaving and finishing operations in Africa, working exclusively for Kirsch Industries Limited, RSA. Prior to his retirement he carried out consultancy assignments in Africa, France and the USA, including legal cases such as machinery failing to reach specification performance.
The book of 556 pages is well illustrated with 32 plates, mainly of textile factory installations.
""Allan Ormerod was the outstanding textile production expert and plant manager / director of his generation. In his retirement he has produced this absorbing autobiographical volume, which describes his rise to eminence in the UK textile industry and his subsequent career overseas, mainly in Southern Africa, but in other regions as well""
Arthur Hervard, The Journal Of The Textile Institute