A COMPANY making fabrics out of old plastic bottles and materials from used training shoes won industry's premier prize today.
Textile firm Interface Fabrics is among the winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The company, which has its headquarters in Mirfield and manufacturing site in Meltham, triumphed in the innovation category of the national awards.
It is the second time Interface has won a Queen's Award. The firm gained an award for export achievement in 1997.
The latest award recognises the firm's success in recycling materials to make fabrics used for seat and wall coverings.
Interface has devised ways to use recycled plastics and material such as the cushioned mesh from the inside of training shoes to make high-performance heavy-duty fabrics for use in the contract sector.
The company, which has about 270 employees, supplies offices, hotels, school and cinemas as well as bus and rail companies.
Managing director Paul Goodall said: "We have some of the most gifted designers in the business, who have developed fabrics with revolutionary characteristics and untold benefits."
He said the company's success in developing new products had helped it to maintain its market-leader status in the face of fierce competition from cheaper imports.
Interface Fabrics is one of 14 companies in Yorkshire to win Queen's Awards this year.
Nationally, 137 businesses have won awards - the highest figure for 10 years. The awards are now in their 40th year.
Other regional winners - in Leeds, Hull, Sheffield and Rotherham - range from a 200-year-old valve manufacturer and a firm making hair driers to a company designing mobile phone cards and a foot massager.