Imports and sourcing

Our quality fabrics are carefully sourced from around the globe.

Premier Textiles has become one of the largest fabric suppliers in Europe by maintaining competitive pricing without compromising the quality and consistency of our fabrics. As early as 1950, we recognised the long term potential of building relationships abroad, seeking out textile manufacturers from regions known for their quality fabrics.

Our foresight has allowed us to become a truly global business: We import textiles from around the World.

Imports and sourcing
  1. India
  2. Pakistan
  3. China
  4. Egypt
  5. Turkey
  6. Indonesia
  7. Thailand
  8. Korea
  9. Malaysia

More than suppliers

We see our suppliers as our partners; we have worked hard to create ongoing, long term relationships that are mutually beneficial. A large proportion of their business is for Premier Textiles, this investment has created mutual growth over many years.

Our combined textile expertise enables us to develop new product lines at lower cost with our partners. This approach has allowed our partners to continually reinvest in their business, allowing them to implement the latest technologies and pass these benefits back through the supply chain, direct to our customers.

The Premier Textiles team visits them regularly throughout the year to ensure we maintain these relationships and make sure we serve our customers with the quality and consistency they expect.


Vertical Mills; maintaining the quality and consistency of our imported fabrics

By only working with suppliers that operate ‘Vertical Mills’, we have achieved an enviable reputation for consistency in our fabrics. Vertical Mills create all their fabrics in-house, maintaining control over their entire production cycle. They select the best raw materials, spin their own yarn and then weave the fabric to a high specification.


Shipping

Shipping is an important part of our fabrics journey. Our Imports Manager is involved in each stage of our fabrics transit, creating an efficient transport process that reduces lead times and costs.

Again, we work with Mills that can properly package their fabrics for transit, ensuring they are not damaged on their journey. In addition we purchase our fabric in quantities that will completely fill the largest freight containers, reducing costs.

And in the unlikely event of a mishap, we have a comprehensive insurance policy covering our fabrics during their transport.


Stockholding

Premier Textiles has over 100,000 square feet of storage, shared across three modern distribution centres at key locations throughout the north west of England. This region was famous for it’s textile industry during the industrial revolution, a legacy which has left the region with a strong industrial presence and ideal access to transport infrastructure. Capacity is one thing, but we’ve made sure that our customer requests are efficiently handled and we can deliver in-stock fabric requests in less than an hour, supplying our customers with just the right amount of fabric they need and can store onsite.

At any point we can have over 4 million meters of fabric in stock.

We also utilise Bonded Warehouses that are exempt from paying import duties until the fabrics are needed by our customers and sent out the warehouse. This allows us to break down the duty costs over time, avoiding the expense of a single large duty payment for fabric that might not be needed for several months.


Thinking ahead

The ability to continually supply fabrics is imperative to our customers, so a lot of thought goes into stocking fabrics in advance. For example, if our customers have seasonal production increases, we can prepare in advance.

In addition, our position and experience in the industry allows us to carefully consider our customers future needs. We can spot trends in customer requests and closely follow industry design and fabric specification trends to anticipate future expectations.

By being proactive in this manner, we can reduce lead times, offer an unparalleled selection of popular fabrics in stock and offset global changes to exchange rates by buying large quantities in advance.