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New latest development Jacquard machine installed – and another on the way!

June 2017 sees further investment by S Dawes Weaving. We have acquired a brand new Bonas single end jacquard machine, this new innovative Jacquard machine is one of only three in Europe.

This investment forms part of our capital investment of over 80K this year, and continues our commitment to invest in the latest technology which will enable us to maximise our productivity, design capability and efficiency. Two major new clients are working with us and are keen to develop new ranges of fabrics in the UK. With this in mind, a further Jacquard machine has been purchased and is due for delivery in September 2017, this again will expand our capability and allow us to produce more niche market high value fabrics.

New Staff

Two new members of staff have been appointed to strengthen our busy planning and design team. Our clients are looking forward to working with us on some innovative and inspiring new designs using some of the latest developments in yarn technology, including the weaving of expensive fibres such as silk, 100% cashmere, and machine washable super soft wools plus many more of the world’s finest luxury fibres. The two new jacquard machines will be invaluable in helping us to create some amazing new fabrics for the 2018/19 collections.

 

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English Fine Cottons – Made in Britain starts here.

Image from English Fine Cottons' spinning and winding equipment in the new facility at Tower Mill.

Image from English Fine Cottons’ new state of the art Spinning facility at Tower Mill.

S Dawes Weaving Ltd is delighted to be sourcing its cotton yarns from English Fine Cottons.

Stephen Shepherd the Managing Director at Dawes visited Tower Mill recently and was very impressed with the brand new, state of the art spinning facility in Manchester. He said, “It’s heartening to see this type of industry being invested in and brought into the modern era, but especially as it’s all being brought back to the North West where cotton spinning has been a tradition since Victorian times.  Many of our customers are keen to buy British and knowing that the yarns are being processed in a British Spinning Mill is hugely exciting. Click here to read more about the transformation of Tower Mill and this fantastic £6 million pound investment in our regions textile industry.

 

 

 

 

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It’s a Wrap!

20160928_151724_resizedOur new vehicle wrap is looking good we think? It’s certainly added some colour to our boring plain white van. Thought we’d make a splash with some colourful artwork, and at the same time, get our message across that the textile industry is still alive and thriving in East Lancashire.

 

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Team Dawes ‘Survive’!

born-survivor-5-2016 born-survivor-3-2016 bornsurvivor-8The team from S Dawes Weaving Ltd, again put themselves through the ‘hell’ that is Born Survivor, the 10K Cross Country Obstacle Challenge . This is no average mud run or fun day run, it’s tough, this is the ultimate military obstacle course, not for the faint hearted.

Well done to Chris, Tom, Glen, Jeff and Paulina, they all finished the course together, a bit battered and bruised, but they survived in style!

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Huge Investment for 2016

20160708_072528   Red strip warp

We are now enjoying the benefits of investing in a state of the art Karl Mayer warping machine. The new machine has been installed for a couple of months and is already proving to be of huge benefit to us and our customers.

 

To read about this latest capital investment, please follow this link to an article published in the local press and in other Business publications.

https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northwest/textile-manufacturer-secures-funding-for-new-machine

20160817_10144320160801_150102Shown here are a few images of the new warping machine in action, showing the type of complicated warps we can now create.  (One of the images shows Thomas, the son of Managing Director Stephen Shepherd, who has joined the business from his engineering background to run the new machine and learn the business.)

 

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Pendle Business Awards 2016

Stephen Shepherd (bottom right, with Dennis Mendoros, chairman of the Vision Board , with some of the other winners.

Stephen Shepherd (bottom right), with Dennis Mendoros, chairman of the Vision Board , and some of the other winners.

Congratulations to the team at S Dawes Weaving on being named the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Pendle Business Awards 2016. The event was held at the Fence Gate on Thursday 9th June, it was a great evening and we were delighted to win our category.

Due to our strategy of investment for growth, since moving to modern more suitable premises we have attracted major new customers. We have employed 1 more person this year to run the new Karl Mayer sample warping machine.

Commercial success is evident, we’ve seen an Increase in sales, due to improved design capability (new cad system), and our investment in the Karl Mayer machine, which involves a new mezzanine floor and other structural adaptations is set to create further benefits to the business and our customers. This type of investment supports product development and innovation of product, through design.

The impact on our supply chain will be positive. We will be placing orders for an increased level of raw material with our UK supplier(s).  There is an increased chance that suppliers will more easily be able to get their yarn and finishing innovations to end users more easily with our support. We are keen to work with UK suppliers in order to take business from overseas competitors, and to promote and support UK manufacturing.

Long term focus is to continue to invest in technology and product innovation based on customer demand. To diversify and extend the product portfolio in order to manage risk and to create a healthy UK textile business attracting and supporting jobs within the local area.

Our team – from our talented Designer, to the long serving Weavers and Over Lookers, we have an exceptionally loyal workforce, some have worked for the company all their working lives, long before Stephen took over in 2005. We still have some of the same customers from back then too, as well as lots of new ones. The history of Dawes goes back over 100 years, although there have been 3 or 4 changes of ownership; there is still the feeling that we are continuing the heritage of a long established Lancashire textile company. We have definitely brought the textile industry into the 21st century; our innovation and expertise have seen us develop new fabrics, weaving with yarns including bamboo and hemp, as well as cotton and viscose.  Considering the number of mills that once employed thousands of textile workers in east Lancashire, we are very proud to be one of the only 2 textile mills still operating in Pendle and this is in part due to our competitive pricing, investment in plant and machinery and textile design technology, as well as the expertise and commitment of the people who make up the S Dawes team.

 

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NedGraphics software creates artistic inspiration.

Joanna Brockbank , our Design Manager has taken delivery of a new CAD design system, NedGraphics Texcelle  Jacquard Pro and Jacquard Enterprise. The new software and equipment is the very latest in textile design technology and will allow us to maintain our competitive edge in the marketplace. Our efficiency, design capability and creative flexibly will be greatly enhanced when working to new customer briefs. Continue reading

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Kingsman – The Secret Service, (starring Black Watch tartan from S Dawes Weaving!)

Black Watch tartan weaving at Greenhill Mill

Black Watch tartan
weaving at Greenhill Mill

This is our Black Watch tartan currently being woven at Greenhill Mill. This classic tartan is being made up into the Kingsman Waxed Cotton Field Jacket with leather trims which has been exclusively designed for MR PORTER.  The jackets, soon to be seen in the much anticipated new film ‘ Kingsman – The Secret Service’,  form part of a luxury bespoke collection created in collaboration with the  film’s director Mr Matthew Vaughn, and Ms Arianne Phillips’  the film’s costume designer.

Kingsman – The Secret Service ,  which is released late January in the UK, stars  Micheal Caine, Colin Firth and Samual L Jackson as well as young actor Taron Egerton.

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The team at Greenhill Mill – October 2014

Some of the S Dawes Weaving staff pictured outside the new premises at Greenhill Mill in Colne,  6 months after the mammoth task of moving the weaving operation lock stock and barrel to new modern facilities, the team is busier than ever and enjoying working in modern and spacious new buildings.

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Union Jacks woven in Pendle

High quality, colour woven chenille throws for the furnishings markets are being woven at S Dawes Weaving. The Union Jack designs have proven to be very popular and are very current this year, as Great Britain prepares to host the 2012 olympic Games in the summer.

Many high street retailers are incorporating the Union Jack design into their products, S Dawes Weaving’s chief designer has created a range of Union Jack themed designs in a range of colours to complement traditional and contemporary interiors. Contact us for more information.

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