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John Smedley Factory Tour

John Smedley

Discover the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into creating luxury fine gauge men’s and women’s knitwear and accessories – all made in England!

John Smedley, Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, Matlock, DE4 5AG
Thu 6th Jan 2011, 10:00 to 13:00

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As part of emita’s winter programme of events, we are pleased to offer our members the opportunity to visit John Smedley’s factory at Lea Mills in Matlock.


John Smedley Ltd is a family owned business which was founded in 1784 and still stands on the same site today some 226 years later, making them the world’s oldest manufacturing company still in production.


In its early days, the mill specialised in producing muslin and spinning cotton to send out to local cottages with hand frame looms. By the end of the 18th century, the company had extended its activities to include knitting and hosiery manufacture.


Today John Smedley is known for creating ultra-fine 30-gauge knitwear which can only be produced by using the very best natural fibres. Each sweater takes approximately 7 weeks to produce and consists of more than 3 miles of the finest yarn and around 1.2 million stitches.


Export sales account for more than 70% of John Smedley’s business with garments being exported to boutiques and department stores in over 40 countries throughout the world.


Join us on Thursday 6 January for a factory tour which is steeped in history and will provide an insight into how the company has used new technology alongside machinery which has been in operation for more than 50 years, to produce the highest quality knitwear.




10h00             Guided tour of factory


12h00             Tour ends with opportunity to browse around the Mill Shop


12h30             Discussion and Q&A on John Smedley’s export activity with

                  Jamie Tunnicliffe, Export Manager


13h00             Lunch and close


Interested in attending? Then book today as our hosts can only accommodate a limited number of guests. Bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.


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