OUR FACTORY

WITHIN OUR MILL, EVERY MANUFACTURING PROCESS IS THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF A CRAFTSMAN WHO HAS SERVED AS AN APPRENTICE IN FINE WORSTED PRODUCTION. THE SKILLS HE HAS DEVELOPED NOW TRAIN THE APPRENTICES WHO WILL ONE DAY TAKE OVER FROM HIM. THESE SKILLS ARE PASSED ON WITH GREAT DEDICATION TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

TRADITION &
TECHNOLOGY

The technological advances made in the last few decades have seen an extraordinary change in the textile industry and cloth manufacturing. In the race to invest in new technology, which is inherently connected to our desire to improve quality, we have not forgotten the value of tradition and craftsmanship – a time when the hand, eye and judgment were our most valued tools.

Craftsmanship in production
Measured length winding
'High tech' section warping

Production

The production process takes place on one level and is designed to be simple and efficient in its layout. Theoretically, if someone bought the same machinery and computer systems in use at Bower Roebuck, they could produce the same high quality cloth, but not in practice – they would lack the experience and dedication of our workforce and the years of experience of our design team.

Machinery

Our factory, one of the most well equipped in the UK reflects the investment of several million pounds in a modernisation programme.

Dornier Rapier Looms
– Capable of speeds which transcend the superfine yarns that they weave, have a quick change facility on each of their 28 shafts ensuring maximum design flexibility.

Versomat Section Warping Machine
– Still the only one of it’s kind in the UK, this machine can control the tension of every individual warp thread when making warps between 50 metres and 5,000 metres.

Staubli Healding Machine
– Almost unique in the industry, it can handle up to 28 working shafts. This gives the design team the maximum potential for complicated and elaborate designs to be manufactured.

Highly experienced technicians

Mending

Our in house mending is second to none in the fine worsted industry, ensuring the highest quality of finished fabric. A dedicated team have gone through years of training in an effort to mend the most sophisticated design constructions.

Fabric quality control

Finishing

Using a local specialist finishing company famous for fine worsted finishing, we work in partnership with them to assure consistency of finished product, from super light tropical weights to ‘double cloth’ coating fabrics. Always seeking the benefits of technology to enhance the aesthetics or performance of cloths our designers regularly discuss and put into practice new developments in this crucial aspect of fabric production.