Secondly, in 2002, we constructed a distribution centre – just 40 minutes north of the TTC factory. It is situated in Moravska Trebova – a UNESCO site – again in the centre of Europe, enabling us to deliver to most countries within 24-48 hours. It has a capability to hold 25 million metres at any one time, and has the ability to double in size if deemed necessary.
Derided at the time, it has proved to be the major factor in our ability to supply the garment manufacturing market.
We watched the rapid disappearance of the cellulosic production across Europe, particularly in Germany. To a large extent this production was replaced by imports from China.
We believed this to be a dangerous and unreliable source. We have been proven right. To give our clientele the quality control that they rightly expect, we need to be in control of our own production. It is what we have built our reputation and success on.
Whilst all the factories around us were closing, in 2003, we acquired the bankrupt shell of an acetate producer in Lithuania – Liningas.
Built to supply the old Soviet Union with acetate it was – as was all the equipment – old and obsolete. We set about replacing and re-equipping the entire factory. So far we have invested a minimum of EUR15 million in this project, and Liningas is recognised as arguably the best of its kind in Europe. Producing approximately 16 million metres per year – its primary product viscose – and working 24/7 it is unrecognisable from its origins.
It is the only fully vertical factory of its kind in Europe – all processes – from yarn to finished goods – are on-site.
A video can be found below and is also available independently.
Jessgrove are fortunate to have the support of the two premier lining production units in Europe.
Of course none of this would have been possible without the loyal support of our clientele. We regard our relationship with our clients as a partnership and believe it to be in everyone’s interest to work together as closely as possible. We strongly believe there is a good future for our industry, and we will continue to invest in that future for all our benefits.
The world will continue to change, and present us with new challenges. Together, we are confident in our ability to meet those challenges and prevail.