About ASBCI: History


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, shoulder 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 handbooks have been published by the ASBCI Technical Committee, including: Apparel Size and Fit - A definitive guide, An Introduction to Colour in Clothing and Textiles, Caring For Your Clothes, Tried and Tested, Colour Clues, Wrinkle Free, Joining Forces (buttons, zips, poppers etc), Make or Break (threads, needles and stitches) and the ASBCI Book of Interlinings.

Industry Conferences

The Association organises a series of specialist conferences and seminars throughout the year on various key subjects where delegates can 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 by helping members and guests to stay up to date and address key common concerns. Attendance is not restricted to ASBCI members.

How to join

To find out more about membership options with a view to joining, please either call us on 01422 354666 or complete our enquiry form.

Testimonial from Alistair Knox, ASBCI Chairman

The ASBCI is an unusual example of an organisation with more substance than hype.With over 15 years involvement, I have seen the tremendous benefits the Association has delivered to members ranging from large multi-national companies to individual students. Our success is due to the excellent pro bono work done by numerous committee members, ably supported by our highly efficient and well-connected HQ staff.