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M&S hosiery production could return to UK

Marks & Spencer may start selling tights made in the UK again as part of plans to revive hosiery supplier Adria.

The retailer is in early talks with the manufacturer, which was founded in 1961 by Rolf Noskwith but was sold to another clothing manufacturer in 2004. Production was later moved offshore to Turkey, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Noskwith’s son Adrian is looking to resurrect Adria and has put together a team of former employees to launch a new high-tech facility in Strabane in Northern Ireland. 

M&S is reportedly trailing its automated machinery to make tights, and would become Adria’s main customer if the deal goes ahead. 

Other high street retailers, including New Look and Asos, have said they would like to produce more in the UK in a bid to cut down on lead times but are concerned about operating ethically with existing factories.

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