James Heal: A global force to be reckoned with
Adopting a unique approach, the company’s stand took the form of a working laboratory to demonstrate the products in their natural environment. In addition, James Heal experts conducted a number of highly popular demonstrations and training sessions at the stand over the course of the exhibition.
Products showcased included established industry instruments of choice such as Martindale, Titan, TruFade Elmatear and TruBurst, as well as the latest in cutting-edge instruments added to the portfolio. These included ProMace, a mace snag tester used to determine the snag resistance of fabrics and widely acknowledged as the safest, most efficient and accurate instrument of its type; ProView, the efficient, user-friendly universal assessment viewer with pre-loaded images and touchscreen capability for multiple test methods; and FlexiFrame, a stretch and recovery instrument that offers flexible and accurate static extension testing for standards, where the use of a tensile tester would be prohibitive due to time. The instrument meets a range of standards, including those from ASTM, Arcadia and Ralph Lauren.
The ITMA exhibition also coincided with the conclusion of the company’s first full financial year since being acquired in September 2014 by US-based investment firm Battery Ventures. In addition to posting sales growth of more than 10% and expanding its global outreach to more than 70 countries, James Heal has been able to invest significantly in its infrastructure and systems which will set the company up to achieve the impressive growth targets put in place between now and 2020. Furthermore, these investments will help underpin the company’s mission to provide and support the most desirable, intuitive and reliable materials testing solutions in the world.
Amanda McLaren – the Company’s Managing Director states: “The partnership with Battery Ventures enables us to take the Company to the next level, making key strategic investments that will help drive forward our philosophy of continuous improvement. Battery Ventures has been delighted with our progress in the first 12 months of ownership and our employees and sales channel partners across the globe deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts and dedication. We remain wholly committed to providing innovative, high quality materials testing solutions in our core market. In parallel, we are also extremely excited about the business potential that we have identified through our diversification strategies”.