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Narrow Fabric Maker Stretchline Holdings Merges UK-US Operations

Stretchline Holdings Ltd. and Stretchline UK and USA have successfully combined their operations.

Stretchline’s worldwide operations will now manage three manufacturing sites across the UK–Sherston in Wiltshire, Whetstone in Leicester and Long Eaton in Nottingham, and one in Rocky Mount, N.C. in the U.S.

This merger of the operations enables Stretchline to strengthen its position as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of narrow elasticated fabric and a major supplier of covered elastomeric yarn, textile coating and bonding solutions.

“Last year, we started our ‘Made for Better’ plan, an ambitious 2025 target that will see us grow our leadership in sustainability and innovation, as well as services to our customers and opportunities for our colleagues,” Stretchline CEO Xavier Vidal said. “This latest development allows us to do this to a greater extent than ever before–with new team members, new expertise and new solutions.”

The company said the combination will enable it to grow its network, improve innovation, and expand expertise into new industries such as haberdashery, law enforcement, defense, marine and furnishings. In addition, Stretchline can now offer access to an increased number of services, improved speed of production, the potential for a reduced carbon footprint and the capability to be available when and where their customers desire.

“More services, closer to where our partners are, that’s been our focus over the last 25 years and, in that time, we’ve grown from one base in Sri Lanka to operations in seven countries,” said Norman Collier, a shareholder of Stretchline UK.“This latest development strengthens our focus, putting us on the path to find even more ways to support our customers.”

Stretchline products can be found in a wide variety of applications, including intimates, swimwear, activewear, outerwear, footwear, wearable technology, medical applications and automobiles. Stretchline has a presence in seven countries spanning three continents, employing more than 5,000 employees.