The acquisition gives Hilden the opportunity to increase its portfolio to include famous hotels worldwide, such as The Dorchester, The Savoy in London, Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Burg-El-Arab in Dubai, Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, together with airline companies Air New Zealand and KLM.

Hilden will also be able to offer a range of Irish linen tablelinen and bedlinen to its existing customer base.

Hilden will maintain the Liddell sales operation, together with a hemming and distribution warehouse in Lurgan, but will transfer all weaving and finishing to its own mills in East Lancashire.

Liddell is an old established textile manufacturer founded in 1866 – similar to Hilden, which was established in 1874.