Bridge of Weir Leather, for the fourth time in its illustrious history, has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The tan Low Carbon Leather interior of a Fisker Karma
With total sales up 150% during the three years to the end of September 2011 (the period covered by the 2012 award), and 90% of production exported, Bridge of Weir Leather is featured across the globe in many of the world’s most iconic cars. The company’s appeal also extends beyond the automotive sector, with the Scottish leather found in luxury yachts, private aircraft, some of the world’s finest restaurants and hotels and on premium mobile telephone handsets.
Bridge of Weir Leather Company chairman, Jonathan Muirhead, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised once again by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Bridge of Weir Leather is now a major export business, with total sales up 150% and our unique Low Carbon Leather representing innovative British manufacturing techniques in over 60 countries around the world.”
Established in 1905 the company boasts Europe’s most advanced leather production facilities, and since the opening of an all-new thermal energy plant in 2010, the ‘greenest’ as well. The thermal energy plant underpins Bridge of Weir’s production process, and as the only one of its kind in the world leather industry, takes what was previously waste sent to landfill, and converts it directly to energy for heating the large volumes of recycled water required in leather manufacturing. The result is the world’s first truly Low Carbon Leather product.
With investments in a joint venture production facility in China, manufacturing operations in Mexico and a sales office in Detroit, Bridge of Weir Leather has become a truly global player in the automotive sector. The company’s motoring heritage dates back to the early 1900s when it first started to supply the iconic Model-T Ford. Its automotive client base now includes Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes AMG, Volvo and most recently Fisker and Infiniti – who selected Bridge of Weir Leather for its low carbon attributes.