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Moorbrook Textiles finds buyers for Robert Noble and Replin Fabrics

Robert Noble has been sold to Magee Weaving and AW Hainsworth has bought Replin Fabrics from Scottish textile group Moorbrook Textiles, which announced it was closing its March Street Mills site in Peebles in July.

The group was seeking a buyer for two of its loss-making brands Robert Noble and Replin Fabrics and started a 30-day consultation in May.

Robert Noble supplies high quality woven fabrics to fashion brands and retailers and can trace its origins back to 1666, while Replin Fabrics was established in 1945 and produces fabrics for the automotive and transportation industries. Both have been sold for undisclosed sums.

Magee Weaving, which is known for its high quality, natural fibre textured cloths, mainly for women’s apparel, said it sees the Robert Noble Collection as a complementary fit, thanks to its high quality menswear fabrics.

Magee Weaving is a private family-owned company based in Donegal and has been producing Donegals and Tweeds since 1866.

Chairman Lynn Temple said he is: “delighted that Magee Weaving’s collection will be complemented with the purchase of Robert Noble making it stronger and more attractive to its existing loyal clients worldwide”.

The company will be headed up by an experienced team with Gill Mudie, as creative director and Brian Gallagher as operations director. Alistair McDade will join them in the role of sales director for the combined companies. Elspeth Anderson, Robert Noble’s designer, will also join the new creative team.

Hainsworth said Replin will continue to produce at the manufacturing facility in Peebles until the end of the year and the operation will be integrated into its facility at Spring Valley Mills in Leeds during this period.

The Hainsworth family have been producing textiles in Leeds since 1783, specialising in fabrics for the military, fire and police with several patents in heat and flame protection.

Tom Hainsworth, managing director of Hainsworth Technology, said: “Replin Fabrics is a fabulous complementary addition to A.W. Hainsworth textile portfolio, further enhancing Hainsworth fire testing, manufacturing and design and innovation capabilities. We are very pleased to be working with the team in Peebles to ensure a smooth transition”.

“Replin has a strong global reputation for delivery of high quality products to discerning customers worldwide and is a natural fit for Hainsworth.” added Carla Weisman, sales and marketing director of Replin Fabrics. “We are pleased to see our customers continuing to be serviced and the investment we have made in design and product development paying off.”

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