We believe that when we prioritize the quality of our products and build relationships that last, sales will follow. To us, this is about more than just profit. We make it possible for workers across North America to go home to their families injury-free each night, and we take a great deal of pride in that.

Our History

1880
Spinning business known as Harrap Brothers, producing wool yarns was founded in West Yorkshire, England.
1890
The business transferred to our current site in West Yorkshire, England where it has been for 126 years.
1934
Brand name ‘Sirdar’ meaning leader was adopted, following Lord Kitchener’s appointment as Sirdar of the Egyptian Army.
1989
Acquisition of Tilsa Yarns. Manufacturing hosiery and fashion yarns on site in Wakefield.
2001
Tilsatec established as a Technical Division of Sirdar PLC. Technical yarn and fabric manufacturing commenced.
2002
Tilsatec Rhino® brand created to market the range of cut resistant hand and arm protection and inherently FR workwear.
2004
First major Tilsatec customer acquired in the UK.
2006
Tilsatec awarded Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, Innovation category for the successful development and commercialization of the Tilsatec Rhino yarn. Award presented by HRH Princess Anne.
2008
Tilsatec North America established in Ontario, Canada to service the USA and Canada.
2010
Launch of Rhinoguard range of cut, puncture and needlestick PPE in Europe, USA and Canada.
2012
Restructuring of Tilsatec North America operations. HQ established in USA and 2 distribution hubs in US and Canada.
2013
Tilsatec North America established sales representation in Mexico.
2014
Launch of General Purpose Hand Protection range in USA, Canada and Mexico.
2015
Tilsatec acquired new manufacturing and warehousing facilites in Eupora, MS.
2016
Tilsatec continues expansion and coverage in USA.

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Changes to International Standards

Changes to International Standards

Understanding the changes to International standards Cut resistant hand protection EN 388:2016 and ANSI/ISEA 105-16 In 2016 significant updates were made to EN 388 and ANSI/ISEA 105 standards to provide a more accurate and reliable assignment of cut levels for...

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Tilsatec Appoints New Technical Manager

Tilsatec Appoints New Technical Manager

Specialist manufacturers of hand and arm protection Tilsatec has appointed Maria Kramer as Technical Manager. Based at the Wakefield head office, Maria’s role will include expansion of in house product performance testing and management of all aspects of quality assurance and compliance....

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