Tensile Fabric Structures

The Story of J & J Carter

09 Mar 23

Our story began in 1988 when a young man named John Carter identified a market opportunity for bespoke tensile structures in the local area of Hampshire. With only three employees he carved the way and established one of the largest leading manufacturers of tensile fabric structures in the UK.  Built on the reputation of exceptional service and products, and through delivering a rich customer experience and aftercare support. 

J & J Carter is a family-owned business and has continued to earn it’s strong reputation for high-quality products and excellent customer service. With extensive experience and knowledge in the tensile fabric industry. The focus of the brand is still to provide customers with superior quality, bespoke structure solutions, including tensile fabric architecture, industrial products, event structures, and environmental and agricultural solutions. We have committed ourselves to the design and manufacture of premium tensile fabric structures in the UK for over 30 years.

Welcoming the Next Generation 

In the 1990s, John Carter introduced his two sons, Charlie and Robert Carter, to the world of tensile fabric architecture, which aided the company's growth in production and sales. This was a positive step which reward them by winning the IFAI Design award in 1997 and 1999. Since then, J & J Carter have won multiple awards including the JEC Composites Award for Best reinforced Structure, the MUTA Presidents Award, the Award Winner of Campaign to Protect Rural England and many more. 

Moving to a New Home

In 2011, J & J Carter relocated to a large factory in Andover to allow the company to continue its expansion. While our commitment to quality has never wavered over the years, the way we approach the manufacturing process has evolved significantly. We have one of the most advanced tensile fabric factories in the UK, which was designed to allow for high levels of customisation throughout the manufacturing process. We are committed to a product testing programme to push the boundaries of product design and performance.

Committed to Quality 

Our factory is where time-honoured design and twenty-first century technology meet. Using some of the most up-to-date CNC cutting machinery, the factory also boasts the use of special fabrics, state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design and manufacturing methods, however, the traditional craftsman touch is present at every step of the process. 

What truly distinguishes J & J Carter is the way our manufacturing process has been designed to allow for high levels of customisation. We can manufacture truly unique products using automation while still providing the same superior levels of performance as you would expect from our standard designs. 

Protecting the Future

From procurement to product design and manufacturing, our commitment to sustainability guides everything we do. We take a proactive approach to protecting, conserving, and minimising pollution and environmental impact. The installation of solar panels on the roofs of our warehouse is a critical component of our sustainable development. 

To further reduce our environmental impact, we are collaborating with Hive Energy, one of the UK's recognised leading developers of solar energy on commercial rooftops and solar parks. We work tirelessly to reduce landfill waste and only use materials that can be recycled or reused at the end of their life.

Leading Manufacturers of Tensile Fabric Structures

We owe a huge thanks to our dedicated customers and staff for supporting us on our journey so far, and through them, we have built the success of J & J Carter. If you would like to discover more about the history of J & J Carter we have created a bespoke timeline dedicated to the key moments in how we built our extensive knowledge and reputable name in the industry.  

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