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Bridge of Weir, News 2009, 10th December, Zibow joint venture in China

10th December 2009

West Renfrewshire MSP Trish Godman has welcomed the growth and green credentials of Bridge of Weir Leather. The local MSP spoke out during a site visit where she met with management to discuss the organisation's recently launched joint venture company, Zibow.

Trish Godman said:

"This was a positive visit. I was very impressed with facilities and environmental commitment at Bridge of Weir Leather.
"We discussed the joint venture in China, which created 20 jobs and there are plans to recruit further with the development of the company. It is good news that a local company is building such a global name for itself and, especially during tough economic times, is sustaining job opportunities in Renfrewshire."

Trish met with James Lang, Group Marketing Director and Group MD Iain McFadyen, who briefed her on the expansion plans. Dr. Warren Bowden gave a presentation on Bridge of Weir Leather's environmental commitment.

The local MSP added:

"The company have made a significant commitment to manage their environmental impact. I was delighted to hear about the sustainable leather manufacturing carried out at the site. It is clear the company has put its money where its mouth is in terms of establishing serious green credentials."

James Lang commented:

"Bridge of Weir Leather, part of Scottish Leather Group, is indeed committed to sustainable manufacturing, as it is now a requirement, not a choice.

In order to address environmental and sustainability issues head on, the Group set up SLG Technology in 2008, whose main purpose is to implement the companies' environmental policies across the board and look at new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

This year we have reduced our carbon footprint for the fifth successive year. We have now decreased by 20% and as such, received a Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Award for our efforts.

We are ahead of the game and will continue to invest in these areas."

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Bridge of Weir, News 2009, 30th October, High performance leather and Aston Martin

30th October 2009

Product: High performance leather by Bridge of Weir Leather Company

Founded in 1905, Bridge of Weir Leather Company is a privately owned Scottish company, part of Scottish Leather Group, operating one of Europe's largest leather production facilities. Here, people and technology come together in a unique blend of craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques. The result is the finest quality upholstery leather, exported to over 30 countries worldwide.

Historically, Bridge of Weir's roots can be traced back to 1758, seven generations of family involvement in leather manufacture. Throughout, they benefited from Scotland's advantages of an indigenous skills base, prime beef herds and a plentiful supply of soft, pure water. Building upon this heritage and cumulative experience, Bridge of Weir Leather Company has been able to lead change rather than follow it.

Our primary commercial focus is on the automotive and contract design industries. For these, we develop a diverse range of leathers, spanning traditional and contemporary thinking. Our manufacturing process is underpinned by accredited quality management systems, rigorous environmental standards, and an industry-leading approach to customer service and strategic supply partnership.

Leather is an inherently environmentally friendly product, and leather manufacturing one of the earliest recycling industries. In essence, it takes a by-product of beef and dairy farming and transforms it into a versatile and highly prized material - one which itself can be recycled when it has outlived its original use.

At Bridge of Weir, not only do we believe that leather is an environmentally viable product, but that it can be produced in an environmentally responsible manner. Substantial investment has made us one of the most modern and environmentally efficient leather manufacturers in the world. This commitment is acknowledged in the accreditation of our Baltic Works production facility to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management and the Carbon Trust Award for consistently reducing our carbon footprint.

With 91 on-trend colours through three ranges on offer, there is something for everyone.

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Bridge of Weir, News 2009, 27th October, Carbon Trust and Scottish Leather Group

27th October 2009

Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of the Scottish Leather Group, is rightly proud of its 'green' credentials. They not only believe that leather is an environmentally viable product, but that it can be produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

The company, which manufactures top quality leather has made substantial investment which has made them one of the most modern and environmentally efficient leather manufacturers in the world.

In order to address environmental and sustainability issues head on, the Group set up SLG Technology in 2008, whose main purpose is to implement the subsidiary companies' environmental policies across the board and look at new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Working on projects in automotive, technology, hospitality and commercial interiors, Bridge of Weir Leather has a hand-picked sales team that looks after their niche markets and ensures that customer's environmental requirements are met.

Customers expect manufacturers to be taking their environmental responsibilities seriously and their reputation within a larger Group who is seen as an industry leader demands that they are ahead of the competition. Sustainability is not a choice, it's a requirement.

The commitment is acknowledged in the accreditation of the Baltic Works production facility in ISO 14001 standard for environmental management and as a result of reducing their carbon footprint, received a Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Award.

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Bridge of Weir, News 2009, 26th October, 100% Design and Glasgow School of Art

26th October 2009

Bridge of Weir Leather Company, which specialises in high quality leather for seating, interiors, and luxury goods, added some excitement to their stand at 100% Design this year.

In addition to the usual display of luxurious leather from their extensive product range, Bridge of Weir featured work by talented students from both Glasgow School of Art and Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.

The winner of the Glasgow School of Art project, which was also supported by the Incorporation of Skinners of Glasgow who donated the £500 prize, was on hand to talk about her work for the project entitled "Leatherlicious". Angela Porchetta, a second year textiles student, was challenged to create an economically efficient and innovative new product from leather, making it a "must-have "object.

Founded in 1905, Bridge of Weir Leather is a privately owned Scottish company operating one of Europe's largest leather production facilities exporting the finest quality leathers to over 30 countries worldwide.

The competition is part of the company's commitment to continuous innovation and development.



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