Parex Mather: 166 Years of Experience in Singeing Machines

Parex Mather is a family-owned business with a dedicated and highly experienced workforce. More than 2000 machines are in successful operation worldwide. The company build machinery exclusively at its factory in the UK.

Parex Mather: 166 Years of Experience in Singeing Machines

Quality-conscious manufacturer of high-end fabrics turn to Parex Mather for dependable open-width and tubular singeing machines. Iıts years of experience combined with innovative engineering create machines that are leading in both singeing performance and energy efficiency. Parex Mather singeing equipment is synonymous worldwide with perfect fabric surface and ultimate economy.


Parex Mather singeing machines have a pedigree going back to 1852. In those days, both Ernest Turner and Sir James Farmer Norton built plate singeing machines. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, Parex Mather became the successor to these pioneering brands in this field.

The Parex 5000 burner was first introduced in the 1960s. Never before had a direct burner provided such uniform flame and heat across great widths – and thanks to advances in precision engineering, this simpler solution has proven its superiority in technical and commercial terms worldwide since.

In 2002, the company introduced the tubular version of the Parex 5000 aimed at the body-sized knitwear market.

Singeing Machines

Fabric singeing is a highly crucial process in the textile finishing process. Mistakes cannot be easily covered up by re-working the fabric (as opposed to, for instance, in dyeing). In addition, the fabric in process has already seen significant value addition by the time it reaches the singeing stage, and anything less than first quality is extremely costly.

Therefore, customers worldwide trust Parex Mather singeing machines with a heritage dating back to 1852 and expertise that delivers RFT (right first time) every time.

Early singeing machines were either plate singes or brick singes. In both cases, the fabric was guided over and brought in contact with hot surfaces, e.g. hot copper plates or hot bricks.

Parex 5000 burner with direct flame technology was launched in the 1960s

Despite its inherent disadvantages (poor usage of energy, lack of precise direction of heat, overheating when machine is stopped), this indirect type of singeing was necessary in those days because no other practical method  of uniform heat transfer was commercially viable.

Later, semi-direct burners were introduced, which still relied on ceramic bricks to retain heat. The obvious disadvantage of such burners is a significant portion of heat sinks into the ceramic bricks and is not projected onto the fabric.

Adopting advanced precision engineering techniques in its design, the Parex 5000 burner with direct flame technology was launched in the 1960s. Thanks to continuous technical development, it remains the industry benchmark for both uniformity and precise direction of heat in fabric singeing – both on open width and tubular fabrics.

The latest solutions-driven technology introduced by Parex Mather at ITMA 2011 is “Softouch”. Using optimized burner technology and a purpose-oriented product specification based on the Parex Mather Universal machine, a smooth fabric surface and a soft fabric handle are achieved via post-dyeing singeing. This innovation is proving to be a highly viable and more economical alternative to enzyme treatment during dyeing.