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About Fretwork


The Flame Retardant Textiles Network Ltd.

FRETWORK is a Networking approach to replace an old Trade Association.

It was set up at the demise of the UK Textile Finishers Association to carry on the important work with technical issues such as Standards and Regulation in a sector of industry that is relatively small in scale and fractured in nature. The concept of  Promoting discussion on those critical technical issues remains at the forefront of our reason to exist.

Any new proposals for Regulation or Testing are circulated through a Newsletter and we call a Forum to discuss and debate the issues as and when they are necessary. The Forum can call upon speakers from the full supply chain with direct involvement in the issues to inform the debate.

Emphasis is given to those who must work every day on the processes and procedures that ensure consumer safety. Experience and knowledge that is applied on a daily basis plays a crucial role.


FRETWORK is supported by subscribers who recognise the importance of its aims and objectives. The organisation is kept deliberately simple.

We ensure the widest possible circulation of news and developments.

We seek to ensure the trickle down process does work and that small companies are not ignored by the system.


FRETWORK was originally set up by John Lambert and Peter Wragg after the demise of the Textile Finishers Association. The important role the TFA had played left a gap in support and organisation that has an important role in the modern regulatory World.

FRETWORK uses a NETWORKING approach to replace the old trade association.


The chemical supply industry must establish supply chain knowledge of chemical use and application.

The retail end of the supply chain must ensure they can answer fully to the consumer for what they sell.

The textile processors involved in FRETWORK have a crucial role in the supply chain when choices are made and decisions taken.

FRETWORK has the objective to bring communication and organisation to the supply chain on these critical technical issues.


FRETWORK makes most actions based on an ‘as and when’ approach so involvement is only required when there is something to discuss.

FRETWORK will run Fora when suitable topics present themselves based upon Regulatory and Testing developments.

FRETWORK will seek to bring the best people to the Fora to explain what is happening so we deal with the facts as far as they are available.