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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 24th October, Bridge of Weir Leather Company supply leather to top luxury hotels

24th October 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather Company supply leather to top luxury hotels

The UK's largest manufacturer of sustainable leather, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of Scottish Leather Group, and manufacturers of the lowest carbon leather in the world, has recently supplied their Low Carbon Leather to the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and Morley Hayes Hotel and Golf Club.

As the highest hotel in the world, the five-star Ritz-Carlton spans the top 15 floors of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon. Taking the entire top floor of the hotel, Bridge of Weir leather was specified for the trendy Ozone bar and lounge.

Taking inspiration from both the Stone Age and science fiction, hides in Caledonian Black were used within the main bar and sushi bar on high stools as well as on upholstered interior panels for the futuristic elevator walls. Caledonian Magnolia was used on the dining chairs and Caledonian Satin on both rock-shaped bar stools and VIP room chairs. Accent seats in Caledonian Peat were also made for the decadent bar area.

Bridge of Weir Grampian leather in Buffalo was used on the lounge sofas and benches, in Warm Beige on the dining chairs and in Teak for the VIP room chairs. Further hides in organically tanned Skye were specified in Toscana Tan to upholster bar stools and in Royal Blue for dining chairs.

Interior Design firm Wonderwall Inc. followed the concept of an 'Edenic Experiment', looking at a man-made environment of nature in an imaginary world. Creating surprises at every turn, spatial composition was of high importance and every material used was carefully considered.

Yohei Sakamaki, interior designer at Wonderwall Inc. commented:

"As the Ozone bar and lounge is located at the top of such a high-class luxury hotel, we wanted to specify the best materials for every area. This is why we chose Bridge of Weir leather - a top of the range brand, well known for automotive and luxury interiors.

With the location of the bar in such a busy leisure area, the durability and reliability of the leather was also a major deciding factor."

Bridge of Weir Leather has also recently supplied the leather for the wedding function suite at Morley Hayes Hotel and Golf Club, the third time the hotel has chosen their leather.

The luxurious AA 4 star hotel is situated in Derbyshire and famed throughout the English countryside for its wedding facilities. Bridge of Weir leather features in the newly refurbished Bridal area, the superior class Dovecote restaurant and the Roosters Bar and Restaurant.

Within the wedding and bridal area, the rustic hotel uses hides in Nutmeg on banquet seating, sofas and chairs. Hides in 'Bank of England Green' have previously been specified for use in the booths and on individual stools and chairs in the traditional Roosters Bar, and in Burgundy for the
à la carte Dovecote Restaurant on booths and individual seating.

Andrew Allsop, owner of Morley Hayes said:

"After specifying Bridge of Weir for the restaurant and bar, both high traffic areas of the hotel, we were impressed by the durability and fast turnaround times. We are now delighted with the new look of the wedding suite - time and again we have chosen Bridge of Weir leather as we know that the quality is the best."

Jamie Davidson, sales director for Bridge of Weir Leather said:

"What a credit to Bridge of Weir Leather. To see our leather specified for the Ritz, the tallest hotel in the world, only reiterates the fact that it is of the highest quality. Supplying to luxury brands such as these is testament to the high, enduring quality of Bridge of Weir - we know it will stand the test of time."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 21st October, BoW wins two prestigious automotive industry awards within a week

21st October 2011

Bridge of Weir leather wins two prestigious automotive industry awards within a week 

Bridge of Weir Leather Company (BoW), part of Scottish Leather Group and manufacturer of Low Carbon Leather, won two top automotive industry awards in the same week because of their world renowned sustainable manufacturing processes.

The first award was for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Volvo Supplier Excellence Awards in Torslanda, Sweden (7 October,2011).

As one of 70 key suppliers who were short-listed, BoW beat off stiff competition to become one of only four winners. The prestigious awards required each nominee to apply for an award, justifying their case in one of the categories of Cost Competitiveness, Quality, Technology and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The award, presented by Volvo CEO, Stefan Jacoby, was justified by Bridge of Weir's Zero Waste Strategy. On receiving the accolade, Jonathan Muirhead, Scottish Leather Group chairman, made a short presentation about the vertically integrated structure of Bridge of Weir and the aim to be carbon neutral by 2015. The audience were addressed by other members of the Volvo Executive Board, including Bernt Ejbyfeldt, Senior Vice President Purchasing, before the awards were announced.

Jonathan Muirhead commented:

"We are delighted to be recognised for our achievements by such an established brand. At Bridge of Weir Leather, it is one of our fundamental beliefs that leather can and should be produced in an environmentally responsible manner. Considerable investment in our manufacturing strategy has allowed us to do this and therefore stay at the top of our game. It is indeed a great honour."

Since 2003, Scottish Leather Group has been working on a Zero Waste Strategy which is designed around their Thermal Energy Plant. This privately funded £6million investment was an essential development in the Group's efforts to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The Group has previously received a Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Award for their efforts.

The second award within a week added to the company's already glowing credentials was won at the Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel (14 October,2011), where the company admirably won the President's Award. The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers congratulated BoW for their contribution to the automotive industry, working with customers such as Aston Martin, Ford, Lincoln, Fisker and Jaguar Land Rover.
 
John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers said of their event sponsors:

"Bridge of Weir Leather deserves recognition for their involvement and success in the motor industry which go all the way back to the famous Model T Ford. This family business is truly a global player supplying their top quality hides to most of the prestige brands in the motor industry."

Murdoch concluded:

"Examples of their fine work have recently featured at Europe's top motor shows in Frankfurt and Geneva and their plant is working flat-out to meet the demand and provides 500 much-needed jobs in the West of Scotland. The company's can-do attitude and investment in their workforce and plant has brought them deserved success and their business is a fine example for others to follow."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 23rd September - Bridge of Weir leather a driving force at Frankfurt Motor Show

23rd September 2011

Bridge of Weir leather a driving force at Frankfurt Motor Show

Bridge of Weir Leather Company (BoW), part of Scottish Leather Group, and manufacturers of Low Carbon Leather supplied leather to some of the most notable concept cars at the 64th Frankfurt Motor Show, the largest motor show in the world (15-25 September).

The concept for the potential replacement of the Land Rover Defender, the DC100 Sport, described by some as daring and adventurous, was a hit at the show, in its bright yellow colour with short windscreen, and leather interior matched the exterior in Lunar Grey and Yellow

The new Volvo 'Concept You', 'a sleek coupé-like' saloon, featured soft nappa in off-black leather on the front seats and soft-beige in the rear seats.

The Mercedes-Benz Viano (Daimler AG), described as 'yacht on wheels' because of its modern sporting yacht inspiration, has used a Bridge of Weir leather in grey and blue, polished aniline - Lunar and Milestone

The new drop-top Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster was launched at the show also, using a Bridge of Weir heavy mill waxy leather, with a very natural feel, in Landscape Brown. Expected to arrive in the UK for Christmas

Bridge of Weir Leather is also a supplier to Aston Martin and the leather was on display in the full range including the One-77 supercar, new DBS Carbon Edition, Rapide, Virage and the luxury city car, the Cygnet.

In order to keep inspiring the car interior designers, Bridge of Weir Leather produces a 'trends' file for the forthcoming year. After visits to world trade fairs, fashion shows and the trendiest design events, Bridge of Weir designer Susan Ross, develops a presentation looking at colour, texture and overall finish, offering a bespoke design service for any customers looking to push the boundaries.

Jamie Davidson, sales director for Bridge of Weir commented on the show:

"After working hard to develop our Low Carbon Leather products for our customers, we are delighted with the cars showing our leather at the show.

From staple browns and blues to on-trend yellows and reds, our customers are grasping how working with us to develop their product is most effective and can achieve stunning results that complete each unique car design."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 22nd September, Bridge of Weir Leather at 100% Design

22nd September 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather exhibit their latest trend forecast, the Nokia Oro and Glasgow School of Art 'Leatherlicious' winner at 100% Design

Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of Scottish Leather Group and manufacturers of Low Carbon Leather, will be showcasing their annual trends presentation, inspiring designers around the world to look at colour, texture and finishes.

As well as presenting top quality Low Carbon Leather hides, the stand features the new Nokia Oro premium touch smartphone. Not yet available in the UK, it features 18 carat gold plating, a menu of sapphire crystal and Bridge of Weir's Caledonian Enhanced Vienna leather.

As part of the company's ongoing commitment to education, innovation and development, the stand also exhibits work from Glasgow School of Art Students.

Three students from the Fashion and Textiles course have benefitted from the 'Leatherlicious' competition, this year judged by the company's design consultant Susan Ross and chairman of Scottish Leather Group, Jonathan Muirhead.

This year's winner, Sophie Pitt was inspired by Bridge of Weir Leather Company's commitment to achieving Zero Waste and decided to produce bicycle accessories from leather donated by the company using different techniques to create patterns and colours. The work of Sophie and runners up, Karen Hale and James McGarvey, will be on display at the stand.

Commenting on her win Sophie said:

"I was really impressed by Bridge of Weir Leather's no waste policy so I used this as a starting point. I decided to work with bicycles using leather to make them objects of beauty. I experimented with the leather using different techniques to create patterns and colours which could be used to make panniers, handlebar grips and a saddle.

I am delighted with my win and I am very excited about showing my project at 100% Design."

Jamie Davidson, sales director for Bridge of Weir leather said:

"Our ultimate aim is to provide a service to our customers that, enables them to specify superior leather and achieve a top quality finish. This coupled with the fact that we manufacture Low Carbon Leather means that we supply hides that perform well at the same time as helping customers reduce their carbon footprint.

We've had a very busy year to-date and are delighted with the feedback that we have had from customers. We would be delighted to discuss
any future projects."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 25th July, Bridge of Weir Leather supply leather to Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social.

25th July 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather supply leather to Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social

Bridge of Weir Leather, part of Scottish Leather Group, and manufacturers of quality upholstery and sustainable Low Carbon Leather, have recently supplied the leather for Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social.

Pollen Street Social is Atherton's first solo venture since winning a Michelin star. After completing a stage with Ferran Adria at the infamous elBulli, Atherton won the prestigious 'Caterer and Hotelkeeper Acorn Award for Young Achievers' before going on to work with Gordon Ramsay both in Dubai and at Maze, previously voted No.1 Restaurant in the UK by Restaurant Magazine.

Located in central London, Bridge of Weir leather has been used to accommodate an informal yet stylish atmosphere. The restaurant is home to London's first ever dessert bar and hosts a private dining area and wine cellar in the basement.

Bridge of Weir hides in Skye Black were used on button-back banquet seating booths in the ground floor's main bar and dining area which accommodate up to 60 and 45 guests respectively. Elsewhere, Caledonian Bottle Green leather was chosen for a curved seating area and hides in Skye Royal Blue were specified for straight backed seating.

Following a concept from Shanghai based design company 'Neri and Hu', Bridge of Weir leather was selected as a result of their renowned reputation for producing quality leather and to create a low-key atmosphere of luxury, similar to that of the vibrant New York restaurants.

Jamie Davidson, sales director for Bridge of Weir leather said:

"We are delighted that Bridge of Weir leather was specified for such a well recognised, destination restaurant and bar.

The standard and quality of the food, music and atmosphere found within Pollen Street Social is reflected in the high standard of design and the quality of materials used in the refurbishment, a testament to the quality we have become known for."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 13th June, Bridge of Weir launches in Detroit and appoints VP Sales for North America

13th June 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather launches in Detroit and appoints VP Sales for North America

Bridge of Weir Leather Company, part of Scottish Leather Group, has launched a division in Detroit (Bridge of Weir Leather Inc) and has appointed Tom Kiepper in the newly created role of vice president sales for North America.

Bridge of Weir Leather Company has a track record in innovation that has made them leaders in the field of quality automotive leather upholstery and this office opening and appointment will help the company to increase its capability in the US market.

Kiepper joins from competitor Eagle Ottawa and has more than 20 years experience in the automotive sector. In addition to sales, Kiepper has a background in marketing and purchasing as well as new business development. He has worked with a range of leading brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Chrysler and is a graduate of Ohio State University.

Sales director, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, Jamie Davidson says of this move:

"Opening this new office places Bridge of Weir Leather very well to develop the automotive offering that we successfully run in the UK, Europe and most recently, in China, with the launch of the joint venture, Zibow."

"Tom comes armed with the right experience we need for him to take Bridge of Weir Leather to N. American OEM's and sell our Low Carbon Leather products, which a major focus of all car manufacturing."

Speaking of his appointment Tom Kiepper comments:

"I am delighted to be taking up this new challenge at such an exciting stage in the company's development. Although Bridge of Weir already has a presence in the market here, the scope for Bridge of Weir's products is immense and I am looking forward to working with a company which is continually innovating and staying one step ahead of the competition."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 2nd June,Bridge of Weir Leather finishes 18 carat gold Nokia Oro

2nd June 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather finishes 18 carat gold Nokia Oro

Bridge of Weir Leather Company (BoW), part of Scottish Leather Group, and manufacturers of quality upholstery and sustainable Low Carbon Leather have recently supplied the leather for the Nokia Oro, a premium touch smartphone.

Featuring 18 carat gold plating and a menu key of sapphire crystal, the sleek and stylish design comes in a light and dark variant featuring Bridge
of Weir's Caledonian Enhanced Vienna leather in Black and Oatmeal.

In forthcoming months, limited editions of the phone will also be available with Bridge of Weir Leather in Nut Brown, Totem, Bottle Green, Madeira and Jaffa amongst other colours.

Jamie Davidson, sales director for Bridge of Weir leather commented:

"Working in collaboration with Nokia has resulted in a product of extremely high quality. The attention to detail and exclusive materials used in the
  manufacture are testament to the high standards that Bridge of Weir Leather has become known for. It certainly has style and character!"

The phone is only available in limited numbers and will debut this summer with the latest Symbian Anna software, an 8 megapixel camera and an
18 carat gold edition of the Nokia J Bluetooth headset.


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 16th May, Bridge of Weir Leather supports historic Model T Ford Challenge â€

16th May 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather supports historic Model T Ford Challenge - The Centenary

Today (Monday, 16 May, 2011), the last Model T ever made prepared to embark upon the Ben Nevis Centenary Challenge Tour, sponsored by Bridge of Weir Leather Company, from the base of Ben Nevis.

For the photo opportunity, the historic car was joined by vehicles from the Ford Heritage Collection including a replica of Henry Ford's first vehicle, the Quadracycle, and a 1910 Model T. Jamie Davidson, sales director, Bridge of Weir Leather, Henry Alexander's Grandson Mike Munro, Neil Tuckett, the owner and driver of the Model T and Ford Heritage specialists, Ivan Bartholomeusz and Colin Gray attended to demonstrate this notable occasion.

Bridge of Weir Leather's historic involvement with the automotive trade spans back to 1911 when their hides were specified for the interior of the Model T. The first Model T Ford production plant outside the US was established at Trafford, Manchester.

In 1911 Henry Alexander, a Ford agent based in Edinburgh, drove to the top of Ben Nevis to prove the ruggedness of the Ford Model T. The ascent took five days with the route leading over boulders, through snow-drifts and over perilous loose sand paths. At the top of Ben Nevis the Model T was met by the world's press before taking less than three hours to descend the mountain, traversing gradients steeper than 1 in 3.

The event proved an excellent trial of Ford's chassis and suspension designs, a task completed today by Ford engineers at Dunton Technical Centre - one of Europe's largest automotive R&D centres - and Lommel Proving Ground, Belgium. This means that vehicles such as the new Ford Focus are designed to cope with the most demanding road surfaces.

The 2011 Ben Nevis Challenge Tour will see over 60 Model T cars gather by Britain's highest peak. Each entrant will be given a limited edition trophy, sponsored by Bridge of Weir Leather. Daily runs will give the public the opportunity to see these privately-owned examples of Ford's first "Universal Car" take to the picturesque roads around Fort William. A display of Ford vehicles and memorabilia will be on display at the Nevis Centre, Fort William.

The event will culminate with a Ford Model T again sitting atop Ben Nevis although these days it is impossible to take motor vehicles all the way to the summit. A replica of the 1911 Model T will be dismantled half way up the hill, carried to the summit by volunteers and then reassembled.

Jamie Davidson, sales director, Bridge of Weir Leather said:

"We are delighted to support the Model T Challenge in its Centenary, reinforcing our long relationship with Ford. Even today, we provide leather to
  their Mondeo and to four models of Lincoln in the US."

 "It’s a fun event and we wish all the entrants good weather for their tours!"


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 6th May, Ben Nevis Centenary Challenge Tour, which will take place from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 May
  
6th May 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather Company is delighted to sponsor the Ben Nevis Centenary Challenge Tour, which will take place from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st May.


Bridge of Weir Leather’s historic involvement with the automotive trade spans back to 1911 when their hides were specified for the interior of the Model T. The first Model T Ford production plant outside the US was established at Trafford, Manchester.

In 1911 Henry Alexander, a Ford agent based in Edinburgh, drove to the top of Ben Nevis to prove the ruggedness of the Ford Model T. The ascent took five days with the route leading over boulders, through snow-drifts and over perilous loose sand paths. At the top of Ben Nevis the Model T was met by the world's press before taking less than three hours to descend the mountain, traversing gradients steeper than 1 in 3.

The event proved an excellent trial of Ford's chassis and suspension designs, a task completed today by Ford engineers at Dunton Technical Centre - one of Europe's largest automotive R&D centres - and Lommel Proving Ground, Belgium. This means that vehicles such as the new Ford Focus are designed to cope with the most demanding road surfaces.

The 2011 Ben Nevis Challenge will see 60 entrants tour the roads of Scotland in their Model T Ford's. On Wednesday, 18 May, a replica Model T will be dismantled at the foot of Ben Nevis and carried to the top by volunteers, then rebuilt at the summit. Be sure to check back for photos.

Other vehicles to be present at the Challenge week from the Ford Heritage Collection will include a replica of Henry Ford's first vehicle, the Quadricycle, and a 1910 Model T.

Jamie Davidson, sales director, Bridge of Weir Leather said:

"We are delighted to be sponsoring such a fun event, as well as supporting a customer we have worked with for a hundred years."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 24th March, Jamie Davidson Sales Director speaks to Just-Auto
  
24th March 2011

Bridge of Weir Sales Director, Jamie Davidson speaks to Matthew Beecham of Just-Auto about design and trends...
You can view the full interview here: Just-Auto Interview


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 23rd March, Low Carbon leather initiative shortlisted as a finalist at the Climate Awards
  
23rd March 2011

Scottish Leather Group was shortlisted as a finalist of the Climate Week Awards for the Best Initiative by a Large Business category and was runner up at the Awards ceremony last night, held at Lancaster House, London.
You can view the website here: Climate Week Awards
 
The Group entered their Low Carbon Leather initiative: Low Carbon Leather


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 2nd March, Bridge of Weir Website updated and improved
  
2nd March 2011

The Bridge of Weir website has recently been improved. As part of the update, the 'Manufacturing Process' area of the website has now been enhanced with short videos that show each stage of the leather manufacturing process.

You can view them by clicking here: Manufacturing Process or by going to 'Understanding leather' and clicking 'Manufacturing Process' in the menu. There are also videos for Testing and Natural Characteristics.


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 1st March, Car Design night in Geneva sponsored by Bridge of Weir
  
1st March 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather - proud sponsors of the Car Design Night, hosted by Cardesignnews.

On 1st March, leading car designers in the industry gathered at La Sip, Geneva, to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and networking. As sponsors,
the Bridge of Weir team attended and were delighted at the turnout. It's definitely the event to go to if you're at the Geneva show.

Images available here: Car Design Night


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 24th February, Bridge of Weir provides leather for Aston Martin's bespoke leather luggage range
  
24th February 2011

Bridge of Weir Leather and Aston Martin are companies that place a premium on classic British design with an emphasis on heritage and craftsmanship. As such, they have enjoyed a special relationship that spans the last decade; with Bridge of Weir providing Aston Martin with the highly specified leather interiors that are integral to the marque's reputation for luxurious high performance vehicles.

As testament to this long standing and successful partnership and acknowledging the continued increase in luxury travel goods, Bridge of Weir also provides leather for Aston Martin's bespoke leather luggage range. Exclusively designed by Aston Martin, the custom-fitted leather luggage sets match the hides of the car's interior. Each piece of luggage has been individually handmade by Tusting in the UK, by highly-skilled craftsmen, whilst employing state-of-the-art technology to create a strong, durable and beautiful product. It's this combination of tradition and innovation that makes these brands so unique.

Bridge of Weir leather uses innovative forecasting to define their leather colour spectrum each year and this ensures that both the car interior and luggage are completely on-trend.

Bridge of Weir Leather sales director Jamie Davidson explains:
"Bridge of Weir is helping Aston Martin to redefine luxury in the automotive interior industry with this additional dimension to their prestige offerings. The Aston Martin name is synonymous with style, refinement and durability and we are delighted to continue our long association in
this way."


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Bridge of Weir, News 2011, 15th February, BoW Sales and PR team at the Geneva Motorshow
  
15th February 2011

If you are going to be at the show and would like to meet with either the sales or PR team, please let us know, we'd be delighted to meet up.
Email: sales@bowleather.co.uk



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