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New technology for Shetland knitwear manufacturer

Jamieson’s Spinning has invested in the latest Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology.

26th January 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Sandness, Shetland, United Kingdom


Family-owned business, Jamieson’s Spinning, which operates from Sandness in Shetland, has invested in the latest Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT knitting technology with the help of £33,600 grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The project will enable Jamieson’s to speed up its overall production process.

The Shima Seiki MACH2X machine will be used to produce plain knitted garments, which will allow linking operatives to be diverted to work exclusively on the more skilled task of finishing the company’s traditional Fair Isle garments, that Shetland is known for. The machinery will also enable the company to meet the growing demand for its products from all over the world.

Jamieson’s Spinning buys Shetland wool and completes all stages of production at the mill before turning it into Shetland yarn in five different weights and more than 400 colours. As one of the main textile manufacturers in Shetland, the company supplies a range of textiles to wholesale companies. In-house production employs over 30 staff in the spinning mill with further staff employed at its retail outlet in Lerwick, where the company sells unique Fair Isle and Shetland garments and hand knitting yarns.

The new knitting machine will enable the company to increase production by approximately 3,000 units per year, equating to around £126,000 of sales. With the machine at full capacity, it will also require around 1700kg of yarn to knit into sweaters, which will require an increase in yarn production from Jamieson’s spinning mill.

Manager, Garry Jamieson, commented: “Sales of both our knitwear and hand knitting yarns have been growing steadily for the past 20 years. With HIE’s support we have been able to invest in newer technology like this WHOLEGARMENT machine, adding to the eight older CNC machines we current use to produce knitwear.

Katrina Wiseman, HIE’s area manager, added: “We are very pleased to support this project as we recognise the importance of increasing productivity to allow business growth, particularly in international markets. This will also support the retention of jobs, and also families in Shetland’s Westside.

“As a valuable employer in a rural location, the company also has a key role to play in the cultural attraction of Shetland as a place to visit.”

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