A US investment firm has acquired James Heal and Co, the UK-based supplier of textile testing and measurement instruments to manufacturers around the world, many of whom supply retailers and brands including Next, Marks & Spencer and Louis Vuitton.

Boston-based Battery Ventures, an investment firm focused on technology and innovation with $4.7bn in assets under management, says its resources will support increased investment in technology and complementary acquisitions, allowing James Heal to continue its growth.

"Together, I believe we will achieve a new level of international success," said Battery Ventures general partner Jesse Feldman.

James Heal's product line supplies test instruments, test materials, services and calibration to the textile market, with its equipment testing a wide range of textile properties including strength, abrasion, colour-fastness, flammability, pilling, snagging and shrinking.

David Repper, who has been James Heal's managing director since 1982, will continue to be involved on a part-time basis, but the company's current manufacturing director Amanda McLaren will step into his post following the acquisition.

Battery executive-in-residence, Don Templeman, will join James Heal as chairman and director.