Glenbrae’s long awaited and groundbreaking Spirol Seamless Knitting Technology became reality in January at the company’s Huddersfield HQ after over two years of development and planning. A multi £million investment saw twelve state of the art computer controlled machines commissioned in a specifically designed factory facility and start producing Spirol sweaters in readiness to meet the significant customer demand generated by the product’s official launch in late 2003.
Spirol Seamless Knitting is a first within the golf apparel business and is set to revolutionise knitwear. All stages of the production process are totally managed in house by Glenbrae and epitomise innovation with each garment literally appearing before your very eyes.
The total production cycle is closely controlled and takes only five hours to complete from the arrival of the raw wool fleece to a finished sweater ready to ship. A garment contains 430 grams of wool, 3,600 metres (over 2 miles) of yarn and more than 42,000 individual stitches.
The high technology yarn spinning process blends 100% Merino lambs wool with Spirol. The result is a multi component yarn containing excellent elastomeric properties, which when knitted produces a modern fabric with ground-breaking performance benefits.
Typically, a knitted garment consists of separate parts–the front and back body panels and the sleeves, which are sewn together afterwards. In sharp contrast, Seamless Tecnology knitwear is produced in one entire piece, three-dimensionally, directly on the knitting machine.
Key performance benefits:
- Superior comfort and fit
- Increased elasticity providing outstanding shape recovery
- Improved swing freedom due to no seams
- Significant garment structural stability
- Improved durability, resistance to wear
- Very low ‘pilling‘, maximum rating in industry tests
Commenting on the new technology Glenbrae’s general manager, Giles Birkhead said, “We are extremely proud to be the first brand to bring this innovative technology to the golf knitwear consumer. We have no doubt that golfers will enjoy the added benefits that the technology will bring to their game, Furthermore the investment in manufacturing is right here in Britain.”