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History of Baltex

Our History, Over 180 Years of Experience

Baltex are specialist Warp Knitters and Weft Knitters, founded in 1831 by two brothers William and Francis Ball in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. They developed new fabrics and registered Patents before winning a Gold Medal for innovation at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

In his book ‘The History of Warp Knit Arts” by Professor Aaron Reisfeld he stated that Baltex is the oldest existing warp-knitting company in the world.

Since that time Baltex has continued this pattern of innovation. We have developed the skills, used to produce Pure Silk fabrics, to process and knit some of the world's most technical fibres.

Our History & Development

1805 - Textiles being produced at Burr Lane, Ilkeston

1820's - Company started by William , Thomas and John Ball

1831 - First records of W.Ball & Son

1848 - Main factory is constructed

1851 - Great Exhibition of 1851 – Company wins Gold Medal

1914 - Company survives WWI by digging coal during energy crisis

1954 - W.Ball & Son ltd established as a limited company

1960 - Company produces first Nomex fabrics and Technical Textiles

1991 - Company exhibits at Technical Textiles show

1998 - Acquisition of Wallis Hulse & Co

2001 - Construction of new factory at Burr Lane

2006 - Production starts in Poland

2008 - Acquisition of TTF Ltd – Finishing company in Nottingham

2008 - Baltex Gedeon – Polish company is established

2010 - Baltex wins Innovation prize at the World Conference of the Textile Institute.

2013 - Baltex launches 4XD Spacer

182 years of experience - baltex

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