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The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) was formed in 1992, arising from the British Interlining Manufacturers Association. Since 1992, the ASBCI has grown from 20 members to over 100 including some of the most prestigious names within the clothing and textile industry, forming a huge pool of expertise.
The ASBCI is a unique association in that our members represent connections with and knowledge of all the key sectors of the industry. Examples of some of these sectors are:
Fibres, fabrics, linings, interlinings, adhesives, dyeing, sewing threads, buttons, zips, trims, sleeve head rolls, shoulders pads, machinery, presses, waistbands, garment processors, clothing consultants, clothing manufacturers, retailers, drycleaners, launderers, domestic detergent manufacturers, chemical suppliers, computer software and technology suppliers to the clothing industry, textile testing houses, research organisations, textile universities, and training bodies.
Technical Support to Members
With such a wealth of expertise in its membership, the Association is fortunate to have access to specialised knowledge and information that can influence situations and developments in the various sectors of our industry.
For example, the Association has early warning of potential problems and can offer possible solutions. The ASBCI is concerned with new technology, new ideas and new care labelling standards; and has an effective representation of members' interests in the UK, European and International standards committees.
A range of technical booklets have been published by the ASBCI Technical Committee, including 'Tried and Tested', 'Joining Forces', 'Caring For Your Clothes', 'Wrinkle Free', 'Make or Break' (Thread, Needles and Stitches), Introduction to Colour in Clothing and Textiles, Interlinings', Joining Forces (Buttons, Zips, Poppers etc.)
ASBCI Conference and Seminars
The Annual May Conference was widely regarded as 'the' conference for the industry. Highly successful, the conference attendances of 200 / 250 delegates, represented all sectors of clothing and textiles. However, it was recognised that the industry and its needs are constantly changing and in 2009 and 2010, the multi-purpose conference was replaced by a series of specialist seminars on various key subjects, where delegates could be ensured of a full programme of dedicated presentations and papers on the headline subject. These have proved immensely popular and valuable events for the industry, helping members and guests to stay up to date and address key common concerns. Attendance is not restricted to ASBCI members.