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Member Profile: Rowlinson Knitwear Ltd


Rowlinson Knitwear was established in 1935 and is still owned by the Rowlinson family. The company specialises in both plain and embroidered garments and focuses on just three product types; knitwear, polo shirts and a range of sweatshirts. The products are produced to high ethical standards in factories which are appropriately vetted and which achieve the kind of quality of which we can be proud. All our products are overseen by our off-shore director who is based in Asia and ensures that we have a regular senior manager presence in all our factories. He also manages our three QC staff who are employed by Rowlinson and are based in each of our supplier factories.
Rowlinson manufactures around 1.7 million garments a year. We specialise in durable and comfortable garments many of them destined for the schoolwear market but also our adult garments which are ideal for personalisation and the corporate arena.
We can make knitwear garments bespoke to schools and companies by adding special colour stripes to the neck, hem and cuffs this personalisation allows a school or company to develop its own strong identity. Reduced minimums and “fast track” ordering allows for flexibility of choice and quick delivery.
We are the owners of the world class knitwear brand Courtelle ® which is internationally recognised and has had a long illustrious heritage since its first incarnation in the 1960’s. We have continuously updated and improved on the original fibre.  Courtelle is inherently easy to care for and can be machine washed and tumble dried on a cool setting.
Performa cotton was developed from 100% finest cotton to give outstanding softness and comfort. Knitted on state of the art machinery with raglan sleeves for comfort, it offers all the benefits of a natural fibre including a fine and lightweight garment. The ladies version also has a deeper welt for a more fashion fit.
And last in our stable of knitwear products is the amazing Performa 50 (P50) which is our most recent knitwear product, and comprises of a superlative blend of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. This hybrid offers the best of both worlds; outstanding performance together with the softness and comfort that you would want from cotton.
Other products include our Performa range of sweat shirts made from heavier fabric than your average sweats on the market, and our Woodbank sweats and polo shirts. All are made for performance, and can be supplied plain from stock in just 24 hours for personalisation, or we can do the job for you with our speedy embroidery service here in the UK.
We have recently reduced our minimums on special bespoke garments to make life easier for our customers, and you can now order in quantities of 12 per style (3 per size) with fast track deliveries available. Or order plains from stock in 24 hours.

Brands Carried: Courtelle, Performa, Woodbank

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Courtelle Classic
Woodbank Tipped Polo

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Rowlinson Knitwear Ltd
Woodbank Mills, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR
Telephone: 0161 477 7791
Fax: 0161 480 2083
Contact Person: Andrew McConnell
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