James Halstead is the publically traded manufacturer and distributer of flooring products, founded in 1915 by James Halstead as a weaving operation which produces the products like woven cotton textiles (both dyed and waterproofed). Later it started producing rubberised fabric used in rainy season and in outdoor cloths. In 1934, the group expanded their manufacturing capabilities and introduced flooring products in their product line. The group continuously worked on innovation and experiments to introduce new products to their product line, so at the end of 1940s it introduced first of its kind Vinyl sheet product known as POLTFLOR and it became the successful innovation for the group. In 1948 the group acquired Belstaff Limited that uses wax cotton for the production of waterproof clothes used while motorcycling and remains part of James Halstead until 2004 when group decided to only focus on manufacturing of flooring product. On 30 April, 1948, it got listed with 10,000 ordinary shares of 10 shillings each.
The group’s demand grew in 1950s and it started investing to grow and expand organically and through strategically acquiring or establishing manufacturing and sales capabilities in countries like Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Today, the group operates in Europe, Scandinavia, Australasia, China, India, Canada, Middle East and exports its high-quality products across the world. The group was also awarded with three Queens Awards of which two were for the international trade in 2006 and 2011 and one in 2017 for continuous innovation and development. The group’s product can be seen in Schools, hospitals, transport, public, commercial, and residential buildings across the world.
The group operates through the range of brands that are- Expona, Polyflor,
Palettone, Camaro, Polysafe and Recofloor. The group subsidiaries located across the world are Polyflor Limited, Riverside Flooring Limited, Polyflor Ireland, Polyflor Nordic, Objectflor Art und design Gmbh, Karndean international Gmbh, James Halstead France SAS, Falck Design AB, Polyflor Australia Pty limited, Polyflor Hong Kong, Polyflor New Zealand Limited, Polyflor China, Polyflor Canada Inc, Polyflor India Pvt limited and Polyflor FZE.