The Sockmine (India)

Company details
Company name: 
Roy Lowe & Sons Ltd
Company country: 
United Kingdom
C - Manufacturing
Sector detail: 
C14 - Manufacture of wearing apparel
C14.3 - Manufacture of knitted and crocheted apparel
Reshoring details
Reshoring announcement date: 
Starting implementation date: 
January, 2013
End of Implementation : 
December, 2017
Reshored to: 
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): 
Sutton in Ashfield
Location code: 
Reshored business function: 
Reshoring governance mode: 
In house (in own facilities)
Reasons for reshoring: 
"Made in" effect
Delivery time
Intellectual property protection
R&D vicinity
Case narrative: 

Roy Lowe & Sons is a family-owned company established in 1996 in UK where the company produced socks until 2006. At that time, it decided to offshore and outsource production activities in China, Turkey and India to reduce production costs. In 2013, the company launched a new brand (SockMine) for its lines of technical, sport specific, leisure and work-wear socks; moreover, it decided to leverage on the "Made in UK" label. Therefore, it restarted production activities in its old plant in Sutton in Ashfield. Between 2013 and 2017, the company reshored around 10% of its entire production. Higher product quality, reduction in delivery time, better protection of innovation, and co-location of R&D and production activities were the main reasons for reshoring.


Make it British 07/09/2017

Offshoring details
Offshoring date: 
Offshoring location: 
Offshored business function: 
Offshoring governance mode: 
Third party (external suppliers)
Reason for offshoring: 
Costs reduction
Host country geographical area: 
Indian Subcontinent (eg. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)