Aykroyd and Sons are proud and delighted to be at the forefront of Character Licensing. Over many years since the initial concept of garment printing we have developed and strengthened significant partnerships with a considerable portfolio of world famous International Licensing organisations and brands. Traditionally these license partnerships have enabled us to design and manufacture a substantial and innovative range of garments for children of all ages inboth nightwear and swimwear. The company has now developed these licenses to include an extensive range of Mens and Ladies nightwear and to this end we have an active partnership with Millarose Design house who specialise in Adult nightwear design.
Please review our full License Portfolio in the License section
Aykroyd and Sons are extremely proud to be a family run business. First established in 1918 by John Henry Aykroyd in Manchester the company manufactured garments of all types until the 1950’s when they began to specialise in nightwear. In the early 1980’s we introduced our own In House Design Department and this development immediately made a significant impact on our transition into Licensed Character Clothing. The Company then focused on children’s nightwear manufacture and continued to run its centralised UK manufacturing factory in Bala North Wales until 2007. General market conditions then forced us to concentrate sourcing on overseas production and a versatile world wide sourcing structure has been built since that time. At the helm of the Company since the early 70’s are twins David and Nigel Aykroyd and over the last 5 years their children have all joined the business. Ffion, Stacy, Donna and Sion are all working full time in the Company and will hopefully provide a 6th generation of Aykroyds to carry on the business.
Mission Statement: To supply quality products in both design and manufacture using innovative and advanced technology. To react quickly and effectively to our customers’ needs. Enabling optimum sales from minimum stock levels at value for money prices.
Character Building houses all our head office operations including sales, licensing, importation and technical administrations, as well as a talented design team.
Our Design, Print, Imports and Technical departments work closely with our customers producing one-off designs to their exact needs using the most up to date and available computer programs.
Our Berwyn Factory situated in the heart of North Wales has been transformed from its original Manufacturing facility to an efficient, low cost, centralised Warehousing and Distribution Unit. It has over 75,000 sq feet of warehousing space housing an automated hanging garment rail system and a 5 pallet high racking storage facility, handling up to 8 million garments per annum. The Company has a fleet of vehicles to deliver goods nationwide to our Customers including three 40 foot articulated trailers. Our UK Manufacturing closed on this site in May 2007 after nearly 50 years of production in Bala. The Unit also houses a Sample machining and garment printing section using Digital Ink Jet machines, Sublimation printing and Heat Transfer application processes. We also house a QC department which carries out AQL checks and a Reprocessing section enabling us to respond to our customers needs at very short notice.
Our Shanghai office was set up and is run by husband and wife team Ffion and Matthew Aykroyd-Davies who relocated to China in 2009. Our office covers merchandising, technical, quality control and packaging. Working on the same time zone and close to source allows improved communication with factories and suppliers and significantly cuts response times.
Our Print Factories
Nantong Creative Print
The Company opened NCP in March 2005. Situated in the city of Rugao near Nantong in Jiangsu Province, it lies some 200 kilometres North West of Shanghai. Our Managing Director, UK trained, Jason Chapman has developed world beating print techniques which specialise in fully compliant inks and processes to ensure product speciality and safety for our Customers. NCP is at the forefront of Garment Print innovation using state of the art computerisation and the very latest automated printing machinery.
Karakter Printing, Turkey
Karakter is our latest joint venture state of the art Fabric Printing Facility. Aykroyds are in partnership with Erenko Tekstil who have been manufacturing garments for us in Turkey for over 15 years. The new factory is located in Istanbul and is under the direction of our Print Director Jason Chapman who heads up our global printing operations.
There has been considerable investment in the latest Printing machines and all the technological equipment necessary to produce garment prints at the forefront of design and innovation. The Unit has 5 fully automatic Rotary Print machines and is planning further investment to include a 32 station Oval Print machine to further advance our offer to our Customers.