Introduction to the Company

Paul Rogan founded RoTexCo in April 1995 to serve the carpet and carpet yarns industry with a sales & brokerage agency service, export co-ordination and developments consultancy with a view to establishing partnerships between mills whose strengths and products are enhanced by finding common goals.

Paul, who was born in Lancashire, educated in the Home Counties and now living in Yorkshire, started in the carpet industry in 1973 as an export sales trainee at John Crossley & Sons Ltd., at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax. After a full training programme in all weaving and preparatory departments, he was assigned a year working in the Carpets International subsidiary in Hamburg. Following the formation of Carpets International Northern he became Regional Export Sales Manager selling both Crossley Carpets and Kossett Carpets in Europe. In 1981 he joined S. Lyles Sons & Co. Ltd., the Dewsbury based carpet yarn spinners and rose to the position of Commercial Director, (S.Lyles PLC) responsible for home sales, export sales and raw materials.

The Rogan family has a long association in the textiles industry; the first, traced back five generations to tweed weaving in Donegal. However, more recently Paul's father, Dennis Rogan was well known throughout the carpet industry and, worked for Crossley Carpets for 28 years and latterly Abingdon Carpets based in London and the South.

Paul Rogan believes that the UK carpet industry is set for a period of substantial change where smaller, dynamic and flexible companies will grow and benefit in an industry served in volume terms by a few giants who will develop into "Fibres to Fitted" market players. Affluent first world consumers have become very discerning and expect good value products without long delays. This is the Export challenge that awaits the wider carpet industry at the dawning of the new millennium. The medium term challenge will come from the Far Eastern and Central European markets where after the initial growth generated by spending on infrastructure, industry and tourism, the indigenous consumer economies will develop and become sophisticated and demanding.

Conditions for carpet manufacturing in the UK are becoming less and less viable. For some years, carpet manufacturers have been out-sourcing specialist products for range broadening and wider offer purposes. As the adverse economic conditions continue, making Exporting unprofitable and UK manufacturing uncompetitive, carpet makers will turn towards sourcing mainstream ranges from overseas, downsizing and rationalising their UK manufacturing capacity.

The new century promises to be exciting and profitable for those companies who managed their businesses with discipline and control during the difficult times. The industry needs to establish new markets and work on a strategy to target it's specific goals in the medium and long term.

The disposal of old carpet when new carpet is supplied is an issue which will doubtless present itself, long before any European Army comes to pass. UK based manufacturers have a chance to capitalise on this ahead of the Import competition. (Nov 2000).