Fine Group

In 1948, Captain Henry Fine of the Royal Army Service Corps had the innovative idea to recycle used WWII barrage balloons into bags and tents that in post-war Britain were in limited supply.

Since its humble beginnings in Kings Cross the company has grown under the stewardship of successive Fine generations to offer design and manufacturing bases both in the UK and Southern China, and a resourceful supply chain with global reach.

Our expertise and relationships with leading professionals in some of the most extreme and technically demanding fields position us at the forefront of textile innovation and as such enable us to provide solutions to the most challenging requirements.

As a family business, we place quality service and innovation among our core values and will go to great lengths to ensure our reputation for providing these is successfully passed on to future generations.


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BSI Assurance Mark

We are certified to operate a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.

 

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Fine Group in China

Following a successful 25 year relationship with our prime subcontractor during which the Fine Group designed, planned and financed the building of a state of the art manufacturing facility on the adjacent plot, and the need to further improve upon quality, efficiency and communication, the board of directors decided to acquire the business in 2012.
The factory is staffed by over 250 dedicated and long-serving skilled workers of whom over 50% are native to the local village – an advantage that is uncommon in the general Chinese workforce. In fact, we are the largest employer of local labour.
The departments, systems and machinery mirror those of our Wembley facility and as such offer a seamless transition of production from one to the other thus giving our customers the flexibility to start domestically with small production runs while also benefiting from the economies of scale and lower labour cost of China when lead times are less of a concern. The opposite can also be true where a smaller batch may be needed at short notice.


Curtis Equine

Fine Group’s textile expertise has brought together more than 70 years of textile engineering & manufacturing experience with 37.5® fibre enhancing technology, designed to regulate temperature, evaporate moisture, and improve comfort and performance levels significantly. This powerful textile solution has been created using British design, directed by professional Race Horse Trainer, Rebecca Curtis.Combining these very special attributes has led to the creation of a premium quality, highly functional and superbly designed range of equine textile products that will not only benefit the health and wellbeing of the horse – but is proven to enhance physical performance. www.curtisequine.co.uk


Fine Group Timeline

  • 1948 – Captain Henry Fine establishes original factory in Kings Cross
  • 1972 – Ian Fine takes the reigns aged 22 after the sudden passing of his father
  • 1973 – Factory relocates to a more fit-for-purpose site in Wembley
  • 1975 – Fine Products range of Tool Bags/Pouches launched and becomes the UK’s leading brand sold in retailers across the country to eventually include B&Q, Wickes and Homebase
  • 1980 – Embarks on a sales drive that leads the company to becoming the supplier of choice to British Rail, British Telecom, British Gas, The Royal Air Force and the MOD
  • 1982 – Start on a path to subcontracting to manufacturers in India, S Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and eventually China
  • 1989 – Avi Fine (3rd generation) joins the company
  • 1990 – Factory relocates to larger 18,000 sqf facility (current)
  • 1993 – Acquires A B Salmen (est.1850) to complement the Fine Products range
  • 1995 – Invests heavily in state of the art CAD and Cutting technology which greatly improves accuracy, efficiency, and lead-time
  • 1998 – Product Development Team (PDT) created to support customer’s need for prototyping
  • 2004 – Concept Designer employed to further aid the customer’s ability to visualise their product through technical drawings and illustrations
  • 2012 – Acquires primary subcontractor in Southern China providing quality and continuity assurance
  • 2012 – Avi Fine appointed Chairman
  • 2012 – Awarded MOD Contract No. PCE/00029 – The supply of Medical Bergens & Team Pouch
  • 2013 – Awarded MOD Enabling Contract for the Manufacture and Supply of DCC Day Sack
  • 2015 – Substantial investment in systems upgrade to streamline and manage increasing overseas manufacturing and logistics activity
  • 2018 – Successful certification to ISO 13485:2016 & EN ISO 13485:2016 at Southern China Facility
  • 2018 – Successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 at Southern China Facility
  • 2018 – Successful transition to ISO 9001:2015 at Fine Group in Wembley
  • 2018 – Launch of Curtis Equine Ltd – unique range of premium equine rugs and ancillaries incorporating advanced textile technologically
  • 2018 – Fine Group website relaunch

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