Sewing Machine specialists
L G Sewing Machines Ltd are one of the largest independent UK suppliers
of industrial sewing machines. This is how we did it.
Les Gent a well-respected sewing machine expert founded L Gent
& Sons to provide a one-stop centre for industrial
sewing machine application requirements.
supplying the footwear trade, which was thriving in the East Midlands,
he moved into new and growing markets where the ability
to create specialised attachments established the company
as much more than just a sewing machine supplier.
BAS computer stitch range of machines introduced into the UK by
Brother and L.Gent’s installed the first one into Clarks
Footwear then pioneered the range introducing
them into Europe on behalf of Brother
committed ourselves to setting up separate divisions within the
company to focus on sales, service, jigs, clamps, pallet making
quickly, it was obvious that customers required bespoke engineering
solutions on the range of machines. This encouraged the formation
of our R&D department.
Over 300 computer stitch machines in the UK and
Europe supplied and installed by L Gent in their first ten years.
Expansion into computer based technology sees industrial sewing
machine ranges used by manufacturers of car airbags, slings,
webbing, harnesses, key fobs and wallets,
as well as numerous apparel applications from
knitwear to football strips.
Gent retires and son Tony Gent becomes Managing Director, who
has been working for the company since 1977.
L Gent awarded its first major airbag manufacturing turn key operation,
setting up a complete new factory, with machinery and personnel
L. Gent takes on the agency for the Mitsubishi PLK range of computer
stitch machines giving our customers a wider choice.
Mitsubishi closes their UK ISM(Industrial Sewing Machines) operation
and appoints L Gent as a master distributor
Gent acquires Directron; a company manufacturing a successful
range of computer controlled sewing machines at their Cannock
premises. These are sold worldwide (even to China).
They are currently taking developing systems further and offer
bespoke CNC sewing solutions not available by other manufacturers!
L. Gent appointed sole UK agency for Forsstrom High Frequency
welding machines sales, service and parts
L Gent appointed Sole UK distributors for Pfaff industrial
In November, L. Gent was awarded the full UK Distribution network
for Brother BAS computer stitch machines. L Gent is able to supply
the Brother manually operated range of industrial sewing machines
as a main dealer