Richard Tough, previously family owner of the business, retires after 30 years of working at Scott & Fyfe.
This year saw Scott & Fyfe amalgamate the Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) and Irrigation PODs to create the Pipe Fabric Technology POD. The move also saw the brand Alphashield created and launched.
The company changed from a Family Owned Company to an Employee Owned Company.
Scott & Fyfe introduced a new company structure to target market areas worldwide through separate Business Units and teams. The Ideation team was also introduced to focus on new markets and innovative product introductions.
NOW (New Opportunities Within) Team created through working with Glasgow School of Art. This pilot programme encouraged new ways of working to develop new innovative ideas in a new and creative manner.
Flemings Textiles Limited name changed to Scott & Fyfe Composites Limited and all operations transferred to Tayport. As a subsidiary company of Scott & Fyfe Limited in Kilmarnock for thirteen years, the decision was made to integrate the two organisations as part of a focussed strategy within the composites sector. This synergy allowed Scott & Fyfe Composites to continue to develop innovative products and added value services whilst maintaining core values of high quality and customer service excellence.
Scott & Fyfe used their technical expertise in stitch bonding, knitting and glass reinforcement fabrics to create a new breakthrough for closed mould applications. This product was called Polymat and a subsequent range of Polymat Hi-Flow products was developed.
4,500 sqm extension built at Tayport Works to house Scott & Fyfe's expanding product range. Scott & Fyfe now had a total area of 28,000 sqm
Scott & Fyfe was the number 1 supplier of FIBC fabrics in Europe from the industry’s largest weaving shed.
Hamish Tough's second son David Tough joined Scott & Fyfe.
Start of major export business into Europe for woven polypropylene fabrics for the FIBC market. Start of major export business to Australia and New Zealand through sales of Textron.
Tayport Works was extended by adding a new 3,000 sqm building.
Hamish Tough’s son Richard Tough joined Scott & Fyfe
By the 1980’s almost all jute manufacturing in Dundee and the surrounding areas had ceased but the industry had changed Dundee and Fife forever. Scott & Fyfe was now expanding into different products and different markets.
Hamish Tough was appointed Chairman at the age of forty five, previously becoming Managing Director at the age of forty.
Hamish Tough visited the USA to evaluate the potential of polypropylene tape fabrics. As a result of the visit, spinning and wide jute weaving projects were abandoned. The development work started on weaving polypropylene tapes on jute looms and on new shuttleless looms.
Spinning and wide jute weaving projects were abandoned to make way for the production of woven polypropylene. This was the beginning of the end of the jute trade in Dundee and surrounding areas.
James' son, Hamish Tough joined Scott & Fyfe. He had previously been in the national service in the royal signals for two years.
James Tough, William’s son and recent graduate of engineering at Dundee Technical College, served his apprenticeship at Scott & Fyfe. In 1938 he became joint Managing Director with his father. He then became Chairman after William’s death at the age of sixty five.
During World War One, jute fabrics continued to be manufactured at Scott & Fyfe as an essential product for the war effort.
William Tough was appointed Managing Director and Scott & Fyfe was incorporated as a Limited Company.
After 36 years at Scott & Fyfe, Mr Hugh Fyfe left the business. Following his departure William Tough was promoted to Production Manager. He, in turn, made the decision to cease all the remaining linen production and concentrate entirely on jute weaving and finishing.
William Hurrie Tough joined Scott & Fyfe as a trainee clerk at the age of fourteen. He came straight from Tayport High School to begin his traineeship. He was to become the first in a succession of the Tough family to work at Scott & Fyfe.
Scott & Fyfe was established in 1864 by Mr Robert Scott and Mr Hugh Fyfe as a linen works. The linen was supplied to the local area and used for sails on the boats of the River Tay and for covers for wagons.