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Research and Consultancy

Textile Research and Consultancy

Research and planning represent an integral part of our dyeing process.  It is important to understand exactly what a project needs to achieve, and ultimately the look and purpose of the end product. Bulmer and Lumb Group are committed in their research to enhancing the preparation and dyeing of natural and technical fibres to provide an exclusive end product.

Bulmer and Lumb Group operate a world class research facility and actively pursue a strategy of innovation and development in close cooperation with business partners and customers worldwide.

Colour Science Laboratory

Bulmer and Lumb Group utilise the latest generation Mathis infra-red laboratory dyeing machines and data-colour spectrophotometer for colour matching and calibration of dyes.

We are equipped to operate our own colour fastness facility and undertake fastness testing for washing, rubbing, light, water and perspiration.

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Technical Services Laboratory

In our Technical Services Laboratory, we have the capability to test the physical properties of incoming fibres.  We are equipped with an OFDA 4000 (Optical Fibre Diameter Analyser) testing machine which is capable of measuring the diameter, length, hauteur and barbe of fibres in a single measurement, suitable for measuring wool, animal and most synthetic fibres.

This equipment is unsurpassed in its application and in use in over 30 countries.


Collaborative Work

We are committed to employing & training highly qualified technical staff (up to Chartered Colourist Status) and make provision for the creation of the next generation through our support of the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ TCC course. Coupled with our retention of both a Colour Science & Technical Service Laboratory, this makes Bulmer and Lumb Group the ideal collaborative partner.

  A reputation for flawless research and planning, with a wealth of experience and heritage in the application of colour and chemicals, enables the group to provide opportunities for projects worldwide, examples include:

-       Dye and Chemical formulations which meet specific environmental standards

-       Inventory testing to identify sources of colour contamination

-       Advanced chemical application to enhance specific fibre characteristics

-       Developing optimum processing conditions in the colouration of technical textiles and subsequent fastness testing procedures

-       Partial dye application to re-generate faded piece garments/products


Through our long established history in the colouration and testing of textiles we have developed strong working relationships through past collaborative work with organisations such as:

The Society of Dyers and Colourists

Leeds University

The Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence