At the end of July, English Fine Cottons will produce the first batch of cotton in Greater Manchester since the last mills closed in the 1980s.
The company’s Grade II listed Tower Mill will be fully operational from autumn as the UK’s sole cotton spinner, producing superfine luxury cotton yarn using the latest technology, from fibre preparation to spinning and winding.
With more spinning frames planned for next year, the firm is aiming to increase production to 1,000 tonnes by the end of 2017.
The first two containers of Supima cotton have already arrived on site, while work on the construction of the new spinning equipment is nearing completion.
English Fine Cottons is sourcing some of the world’s finest raw cotton, including Sea Island from Barbados, Suvin from India, Giza 45 from Egypt and Supima from the US.
“There is a strong demand across the world for luxury goods with the ‘Made in Britain’ stamp, and our raison d’etre is to produce the very finest luxury cotton yarn for UK designers and discerning garment manufacturers,” said general manager Andy Ogden.
“To do so, we are creating a world-class facility that will enable us to deliver superior quality, efficiency and the highest process repeatability.
“Our priority is to give our customers an end-to-end service by providing the best cotton yarns available and working with them throughout the supply chains, to deliver fabrics of the highest calibre that are steeped in history and provenance.”