Decades of knowledge carefully handed

through generations

Browse our history & read about our milestones

  • 1880

    Established

    British Millerain was founded by a small group of labourers and academics, who opened the first factory in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. 

    John Miller the elder and John Miller the younger were the leading lights of this team, driving the company to growth and prosperity.

  • 1890

    Obtained Patents Globally

    After studying long and hard, John Miller the younger succeeded in designing and building a soon to be patented Textile Pressing and Finishing Machine, key to giving the “Millerain” process its edge.

    In 1890 we obtained Patents to cover countries in Europe and America.

  • 1894

    A.W.C. Miller receives Certificates

    Archibald Miller receives numerous certificates for his passing of a series of exams:

    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Machine Construction & Drawing
    • Theoretical Mechanics
    • Applied MechanicsSteam
  • 1897

    Times of India

    In the late 1800s, Britih Millerain fabric was used by Indian troops on the frontline.

    An original extract from the Times of India, dated September 1897, reads:
    “The Government of India have sanctioned the use of Millerain Khaki Drill.”
    “For the use of troops who in all probability will be ordered to the front.”

  • 1922

    Factory move

    In 1922, the British Millerain factory was moved from Halifax to Whitworth,Lancashire

  • 1950

    Mr. A. W. C. Miller

    Mr Archibald W. C. Miller appointed chairman to the board succeeding Mr John Miller.

  • 1959

    Mr H. Miller

    Mr H. Miller appointed Chairman to the Board.

  • 1978

    Mr S. Miller

    Mr Stan Miller appointed Chairman to the Board.

  • 1981

    Acquisition

    By 1981, the Company was enjoying continued success and a world-wide reputation for the high quality of its finished fabrics. The decision to expand was made and the acquisition of Dux Willesden of Salford, whose trade was Cupra Ammonia and Dry Chemical Finishers, was completed.

  • 1983

    Mr Michael. A. Miller

    Michael Miller appointed Chairman to the board, succeeding his father Mr Stan Miller.

  • 1987

    Acquisition - Francis Webster and Sons Ltd.

    After Mr M. Miller had been appointed to the board, it was time to take the next step in moving the company forward.

    In 1987 the acquisition of Francis Webster and Sons Ltd spinners and weavers was completed. The acquisition strengthened further our textile capabilities.

  • 1998

    Acquisition

    In 1998 the company acquired Blakes Performance Fabrics Ltd., specialists in coated high performance textiles.

  • 2000

    Acquisition

    In 2000, Millerain acquired Carrington Performance Fabrics, specialists in the manufacture of commercial canvases and work wear fabrics.

  • 2012

    New Website and Facebook Launch

    British Millerain has been operating for more than a century, so please join us in celebrating our longevity with our new website and Facebook page.

    Please keep in touch by following our updates, news features and new products!

    We look forward to providing our online audience with textile inspiration and heritage highlights.

Established
1880
British Millerain was founded by a small group of labourers and academics, who opened the first factory in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. John Miller the elder and John Miller the younger were the leading lights of this team, driving the company...
Obtained Patents Globally
1890
After studying long and hard, John Miller the younger succeeded in designing and building a soon to be patented Textile Pressing and Finishing Machine, key to giving the “Millerain” process its edge.In 1890 we obtained Patents to cover countries in...
A.W.C. Miller receives Certificates
1894
Archibald Miller receives numerous certificates for his passing of a series of exams:Inorganic ChemistryMachine Construction & DrawingTheoretical MechanicsApplied MechanicsSteam
Times of India
1897
In the late 1800s, Britih Millerain fabric was used by Indian troops on the frontline.An original extract from the Times of India, dated September 1897, reads:“The Government of India have sanctioned the use of Millerain Khaki Drill.”“For...
Factory move
1922
In 1922, the British Millerain factory was moved from Halifax to Whitworth,Lancashire
Mr. A. W. C. Miller
1950
Mr Archibald W. C. Miller appointed chairman to the board succeeding Mr John Miller.
Mr H. Miller
1959
Mr H. Miller appointed Chairman to the Board.
Mr S. Miller
1978
Mr Stan Miller appointed Chairman to the Board.
Acquisition
1981
By 1981, the Company was enjoying continued success and a world-wide reputation for the high quality of its finished fabrics. The decision to expand was made and the acquisition of Dux Willesden of Salford, whose trade was Cupra Ammonia and Dry...
Mr Michael. A. Miller
1983
Michael Miller appointed Chairman to the board, succeeding his father Mr Stan Miller.
Acquisition - Francis Webster and Sons Ltd.
1987
After Mr M. Miller had been appointed to the board, it was time to take the next step in moving the company forward.In 1987 the acquisition of Francis Webster and Sons Ltd spinners and weavers was completed. The acquisition strengthened further...
Acquisition
1998
In 1998 the company acquired Blakes Performance Fabrics Ltd., specialists in coated high performance textiles.
Acquisition
2000
In 2000, Millerain acquired Carrington Performance Fabrics, specialists in the manufacture of commercial canvases and work wear fabrics.
New Website and Facebook Launch
2012
British Millerain has been operating for more than a century, so please join us in celebrating our longevity with our new website and Facebook page.Please keep in touch by following our updates, news features and new products!We look forward to...

The Most Modern Fabric Production

Based on more than a century of knowledge

Towards the end of the 1880's, British Millerain began to develop fabrics which would suit a wide variety of clothing requirements, from the rigours of life in the armed forces to the demands of country pursuits. Since the advent of the first patented Millerain® rainproof finish in 1894, we have expanded our waterproof offerings into apparel and commercial markets. 

Through more than a century of refinement, development and testing, we have earned a reputation as the leading manufacturer of Waxed Cottons and practical, aesthetic fabrics for outdoor applications.

Our family principles have never changed; we strive to bring new products to the market based on both our old and new technologies.

 

 

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