Former president of the Textile Recycling Association and well-known figure in the textiles industry, Terry Ralph, has decided to retire from his company Terimpex.
Ralph is now hoping to sell Terimpex as a going concern in order to protect the jobs of his local workforce.
After more than 50 years working in the textile recycling industry Ralph, who is also the chairman of Recyclatex – a scheme to set up textile collection systems in local authorities – has held many roles.
Originally from Kettering, Ralph’s career began as a collector for small rag traders in the area and then moved on to work at Plaistere and Hanger where he was eventually offered the managing director post. After being invited to become a member of the Kettering Parliamentary Forum, Ralph began bringing industry issues and concerns to the attention of Government, which did not know textile reclamation existed at the time.
Soon the textile recycling industry expanded and large quantities of material needed to be sorted for overseas markets. As a result, Ralph travelled the world, eventually stopping to set up his own textile recycling company Terimpex, located in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, in 1989.
Ralph said: “I wish I was at the start of my career rather than the end because of all the innovations that are happening within industry at the moment. We are now experiencing a sea-change and the whole industry is being turned on its head.”
At last year’s National Recycling Awards held by MRW, Ralph was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.