Mattress maker Harrison Spinks ups hemp production


Harrison Spinks triples hemp processing to meet increased demand

Leeds, England – 6 October 2016Harrison Spinks, Great Britain’s most established and innovative bed makers, has bolstered its sustainable, eco-friendly credentials by designing and manufacturing new machinery, which will help triple its hemp processing abilities following a 32% increase in orders over the last year.

Harrison Spinks hemp production

From left, Harrison Spinks employees: Matthew Butler, production manager; Peter Hoare, farm fillings line manager; and Richard Essery, managing director of components

The new machinery will allow Harrison Spinks to streamline its hemp processing, increasing its output from three tonnes to nine tonnes per week. This means the company, which prides itself on being the world’s most vertically integrated and sustainable bed manufacturers, can produce more volume on-site in Yorkshire.

Hemp is just one of the natural mattress fillings grown on Harrison Spinks’ 300-acre farm in Yorkshire. A new bale opener has been installed to help complete a formerly manual process, as well as a new dust plant, ensuring employees continue to operate in a safe working environment. After it has been left to ret in the fields, the hemp bales will be torn and cleaned by a new, high-tech machine. The expert bed maker has also invested in a new step cleaner to shake the hemp and ensure any foreign materials are effectively removed.

Richard Essery, managing director of Harrison Spinks’ Components, said: “As the most vertically integrated and sustainable bed manufacturers in the world, we’re passionate about operating in a way that is as eco-friendly as possible. Our dedication to sustainability, as well as our spring technology, has been commended by HM Queen Elizabeth II, with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development.

“Our decision to replace traditional fillings in our mattresses with natural fibres demonstrates how we are setting a benchmark for the production of mattresses in the UK. We’re constantly innovating and developing new ideas that will help us speed up and improve our in-house processes to ultimately change the way people sleep.

“Following a really successful year, which has seen orders increase by 32%, more efficient hemp processing will help us meet demand whilst enhancing our sustainable credentials.”

Sustainability is at the heart of Harrison Spinks as the team believes natural fillings, including hemp, offer the best possible night’s sleep. By designing, manufacturing and installing its own machines, Harrison Spinks is not only able to ensure stringent quality control, but also develop new natural blends of materials, offering varying benefits to its customers.

Harrison Spinks is Great Britain’s most established and innovative bed makers. Established in 1840, it manufactures luxury mattresses under the Harrison, Somnus and Spink & Edgar brands. Harrison Spinks is the most vertically integrated and sustainable bed manufacturers in the world from drawing its own wire for its unique spring technology to growing natural fillings on its own farm in Yorkshire. Both the unique spring technology and growing natural fillings have been recognised with two Queen’s awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development.

Its world-leading, revolutionary pocket springs are used within a variety of different products including mattresses with spring counts of up to 30,000, trainers, cot mattresses and even sofas. 

Harrison Spinks’ farm also features high-end luxury holiday cottages and a beautiful converted barn which is a popular choice for weddings.

More information about Harrison Spinks is available at


Cara Dixon
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