Scroll down through the timeline below to see how BTTG™ has evolved.
WIRA (Wool Industries Research Association) founded, occupying two converted houses, Torridon and Longfield on Headingley Lane, Leeds.
Shirley Institute established as the British Cotton Industry Research Association (BCRA) in rooms at Manchester University.
Shirley Institute moves to “The Towers” in Didsbury, Manchester.
The first “breathable” fabric, known as Ventile, developed at Shirley Institute for the Ministry of Defence, and later patented and licensed to a UK company for commercial exploitation.
Research into Thermal Resistance of textiles began at the Shirley Institute.
The Martindale Abrasion tester was devised at WIRA by Dr J G Martindale. Its original use was for testing carbon-impregnated cloth that was to be used in connection with protection against gas attack during the Second World War.
Partition chromatography analysis was invented and developed at WIRA, by Martin and Synge (1940 – 1944), who were awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in this year.
WIRA asked to test wool pile carpets.
The BCRA merged with the British Rayon Research Association to form the Cotton, Silk, and Man-Made Fibres Research Association.
First flammability tests performed in the Shirley Institute.
The ‘tog’ unit was developed by E. Clulow & H. Rees, and the Shirley Togmeter was developed to measure the thermal insulation of textiles. The Shirley Togmeter forms the basis of BS 4745 and ISO 5085.
The Wira Shower Tester becomes a British Standard.
WIRA establishes Carpet Department.
Flammability of Textiles and other materials facility set up at Wira.
CAMRASO (Cleaning and Maintenance Research and Services Organisation) formed.
WIRA move to West Park, Leeds.
BCTC (British Carpet Technical Centre) formed by the amalgamation of the WIRA floor coverings department with the Technical arm of the British Carpet Manufacturers Association.
WIRA accredited to NATLAS (National Testing Laboratory Accreditation Scheme), under Laboratory number 0185. NATLAS was the fore-runner of NAMAS, and NAMAS was superseded by UKAS.
Shirley Institute gain NATLAS accreditation, Laboratory Number 0435.
Shirley Institute sets up a geotextile testing service.
BCTC introduce the Hexapod tumbler Carpet tester.
BTTG (British Textile Technology Group) formed from the merger of WIRA & Shirley Institute BCTC-CAMRASO formed.
FTS (Fire Technology Services) move to purpose built laboratories in Altrincham, Manchester.
RALPH (male shaped manikin) was launched for evaluating heat and flame protective clothing.
BCTC-CAMRASO celebrates 10th anniversary with commissioning of a new laboratory.
'1066’ – The new BTTG™ Group UKAS number.
2001 Burning issues in Leeds - £150k investment in Fire Testing Department for construction and transport industries.
BTTG Testing & Certification Ltd created.
BTTG™ Testing & Certification move from Shirley House in Didsbury to custom designed premises in Trafford Park, Manchester.
BTTG™ Fire Testing Services become a FIA Approved test house.
A new version of RALPH, complying with ISO 13506, introduced at FTS together with the female manikin, SOPHIE.
Overseas offices set up in China and Singapore.
Overseas office set up in Ahmedabad, India
Overseas office established in Pakistan, Lahore (moved to Faisalabad 2014)
Overseas Office established in Southern India
Overseas office opened in Karachi, Pakistan
Overseas office established in Dacca, Bangladesh
FTS move to new custom designed laboratories, and the Certification Department move to new larger offices at Unit 6 Wheel Forge Way, Trafford Park.
Overseas office established in Nairobi, Kenya