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1991-1992:

Large production facility in Shanghai opens; occupying an area of over two hundred thousand square feet (the size of 5 football pitches) with approximately 500 staff members.

1993:

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan sign Business and Technical sharing agreement.

1994:

The first of many Mitsubishi products come off the production line.

1996:

Advanced world class sewing machine head & bed production line installed and set-up by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan.

Sewing machine production line from Mitsubishi

The first of the 500x500 horizontal machining centres installed.

Machining centres for sewing machine production

1997:

ISO 9000:1994 Registration. 

2000:

The production of world class long arm and special purposes heavy duty machines started.

2001:

ISO 9001:2000 Registration

2002:

The production of world class Mitsubishi PLK & Highlead HLK electronic programmable bar tack sewing machines started.

Highlead HLK electronic sewing machines.

2003:

Invested in the new "Highlead Technology Centre" working hand-in hand with local universities and famous overseas sewing machine brands to increase new product development.  For example 26 new products were developed in 2003.

Highlead Sewing Machines

Advanced direct-drive sewing machines with dry-head technology introduced.

Braithwaite Sewing Machines appointed exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for all Highlead brand sewing machines.

2004:

Highlead sewing machine showroom opens at Braithwaite distribution centre in Manchester England.

2005:

ERP production management system introduced.

Production agreement signed with German company for automotive airbags automatic sewing machine.

2006:

Invested the equivalent of over 3.3 million UK pounds (approx 4 million Euros) in advanced equipment to complement and expand production line.

2007:

Product range now incorporates 5 major categories of sewing equipment with 280 sub category models.

2008:

KL100 CNC automatic airbag sewing machine receives Industry Federation Science and Technology award.

KL100 CNC

2009:

Received National Light Industry Enterprise Performance Excellence Award.

Advanced Highlead HLK direct drive electronic pattern sewing machine range introduced.

2010:

Highlead brand industrial sewing machines now the largest heavy duty range on display in UK.

Increased development of new automatic programmable industrial sewing machine models.  

2011:

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Highlead with a series of activities and ceremonies.

2012:

Received National Light Industry Enterprise Performance Excellence Award.

2013:

Product range now includes over 300 models, sold via the Highlead network to over 60 countries.

2014:

Construction started (March 2014) on new larger production facility to meet the ever increasing worldwide demand for Highlead heavy duty industrial Sewing Machines.

2015:

New larger production facility to open.

new Highlead sewing machine factory

2016:

Official opening ceremony held for the Brand new and expanded production facility.

Received National Light Industry Enterprise Performance Excellence Award.

2017:

ISO 9001:2015 Registration

Received Silver medal, science & technology award, for our new direct drive walking foot model GC20618-1DZA

2018:

The Highlead network continues to expand with models now sold in over 90 countries.

 

 

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