A bit of history
The company was founded in 1937 in Brives Charensac, near Puy-en-Velay, France. Over the years the company has grown primarily through its sale of knitted fabrics to the clothing industry. In 1981, spectacular flooding of the Loire River brought water up to the second story of the factory. The company was relaunched the following year. Sixteen years later still, a government plan to safeguard the banks of the Loire allowed the company to move to Lantriac, in the hills of the Haute-Loire department of France and a 24/7 production system was set up in a specially designed ergonomic building with completely new equipment.
In 2011, the company was taken over by Eric Fauquignon, who instigated a strategy resolutely directed at promising new markets.
To encourage growth in the Luxury industry, Mr. Fauquignon has set up all the tools the company needs to be seen as a true challenger (collections, brands, distinctive products, sales support, etc.).
TDL designs and produces yarns and jerseys for two main markets:
- High-end ready-to-wear clothing,
- Technical fabrics for the automobile, aeronautics and paramedical industries.
The company exercises two production activities: throwing (of yarns) and knitting (of fabric). Its knit fabrics are dyed by sub-contractor partners under the company’s watchful eye.
Raw materials are obtained from the world’s best spinners of viscose, polyester, polyamide, acetate, wool, silk and elastane-combination yarns.
TLD is the only actor on the market to master the highly complementary throwing and knitting technologies, so the company has a competitive advantage in terms of:
- capacity for innovation,
- mastery of quality,
Convinced of the need for ever greater mastery of its technologies and processes, TLD has worked for and obtained ISO 9001 certification. The company continues to implement a number of continuous improvement projects.