About Us

“Guiding etc. since 1966”

A family business founded by Bryan Ashworth in the town of Nelson, in what was then the textile heartland of Lancashire & Yorkshire, Ascotex has a wealth of experience in finding solutions to yarn and fibre running issues.  Nowadays our business is truly global with contented customers in almost every country of the world.  We serve the major OEMs, many of the large textile and composite groups and numerous smaller mills and workshops.

Applications for our components can be found in textile processes such as:

  • Extrusion
  • Spinning
  • Texturizing
  • Twisting
  • Braiding
  • Cabling
  • Knitting
  • Weaving
  • Non-woven

– essentially, any process where there is a moving fibre or yarn.

Besides textile applications, many of our components are equally applicable to processes in the wire and cable industries.

Materials that we guide include:

  • Any natural, man-made or synthetic fibre 
  • Technical fibres such as glass, carbon, basalt, silicone, bamboo, paper etc.
  • Fine wires in stainless, copper, nickel, gold etc.
  • Electrical wires and cables
  • Optical fibres and cables

Global Partners

We are proud to have been partners with m/s YUASA Co. from Japan for most of our history.  Yuasa provide the benchmark of quality in the yarn guide industry and have a long history dating back to 1924 and the start of the modern textile industry in Japan.  The “Yuasa Advantage” combines a very high quality with a long-life to enable higher performance and efficiency in manufacturing processes.

We have a network of agents and distributors in most markets who can provide technical support and advice and handle trade formalities.  Please contact us for details of your local representative.

Surface Finish is the Key to a Successful Process

On any kind of textile machine with a moving yarn or fibre, the yarn guide is the only point of contact between yarn and machine, and so is probably the most critical design consideration. 

The surface finish of the yarn guide determines the co-efficient of friction between guide and yarn and so ultimately governs the tension and so stability of the yarn

Another issue when considering surface finish is to minimise any potential damage to the filaments of the yarn or fibre from the guide surface, which can result in broken filaments and dust accumulation in the factory.  So special consideration needs to be made when guiding delicate fibres such as glass fibres and carbon fibres, sutures, micro-filaments, etc.

We have been working for decades with the leading OEMs and textile manufacturers resulting in a range of materials and surfaces to cope with the ever increasing yarn speeds and diversity of yarn and fibre types

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The bottom line:  Investing a little in the right guides should soon result in a significant payback from improved efficiency, reduced yarn breaks and ultimately higher quality yarns and fabrics