Fabric manufacturer Glen Raven reports that system enhancements and upgraded equipment has increased the output of its flagship brand by more than 25 percent. According to a company press release, the majority of stock Sunbrella® performance fabrics are available to ship immediately.
The system improvements are due to the completion of the first phase of the company’s capacity expansion plan, which has helped increase production and reduced lead times of Sunbrella fabrics.
The initial phase of the company’s multiphase expansion plan included new yarn spinning capabilities, new and upgraded weaving equipment and other capacity enhancements to support its customers and the increased demand for Sunbrella, Dickson® and other Glen Raven fabrics.
The company says that due to the increased production:
•More than 70 percent of Sunbrella stock fabrics are available to ship today, including many of the brand’s most popular styles. Other styles are available to ship within four weeks with remaining styles seeing a 10-week maximum lead time.
•Many Sunbrella “made to order” fabrics are now available with 11-week lead times. All are available within a 19-week maximum lead time.
•Further availability improvements are expected in the fall.
Subsequent phases of Glen Raven’s capacity expansion plan are underway with the goal to continue increasing production output and warehousing and shipping capabilities while producing fabric more efficiently and supporting the company’s sustainability goals. The total of all phases amounts to $250 million in investments and will increase the company’s production capabilities by more than 30%, in addition to expanding warehousing and further enhancing quality and testing capabilities to support the brand’s high-quality standards.
For more information, visit glenraven.com.