Building on the area’s heritage and skills

East Ayrshire - textiles

There is a long and rich tradition of making quality textiles in East Ayrshire – once one of the main textile centres of the British Empire.

This continues with a number of internationally-known textile companies in the area. Around half the people employed in the sector work in knitwear – while the rest are involved in a diverse range of activities. These include lace production, sportswear and curtain manufacture.

East Ayrshire is also home to companies designing textile-based solutions to support innovation in a number of other sectors, ranging from health and energy to transport and even space exploration.

Some key businesses

Lochaven International Ltd

As well as creating and manufacturing knitwear for prestigious brands, Lochaven International manufactures garments for the film industry.


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Case studies

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Business directory

Use our directory to find out more about the many different businesses that are established in East Ayrshire.