Bowron How it all started
In 1879 two brothers, George and William Bowron, master tanners of Yorkshire,
set sail for Christchurch in the new colony of New Zealand.
They were to start a new life and realise a personal dream ... to start a
tannery of their own.
As Christchurch grew, the small tannery, started in 1881 by the Bowron
brothers, flourished and a family tradition of excellence in lambskin tanning
began. Their commitment to quality has continued and over 100 years later, the
team at Bowron continue to make the name "Bowron" synonymous with the world's
finest sheepskin products.
To this day, every Bowron sheepskin is the perfect result of the same methods
pioneered in the 1880's by the Bowron brothers from Yorkshire. Their unique 42
step tanning method has been constantly refined and now sits at the heart of the
Bowron Sheepskin story. A story of unparalleled access to the finest raw
materials available, cutting edge process innovation, environmental leadership,
unrivalled manufacturing capacity, strong customer relationships, and a global
distribution network that delivers the finest sheepskins to the very heart of
Unparalleled Access to Raw Material
select raw material from throughout the world, but believe the quality of our
sheepskins owes much to our location in the midst of the world's finest flocks
of lambs: the vast sheep stations of Australia's outback, and the high country
runs and lush green pastoral farms of New Zealand.
Our tanneries in New Zealand and Australia are placed in prime sheep farming
areas, ensuring a plentiful source of high quality raw material and the best
relationships with our suppliers. Our people are constantly in the plants where
raw material is selected, purchasing directly at the source to reduce costs and
training suppliers to select only materials that meet the needs of our
Bowron laboratory designs and proves processes that meet the needs of an
ever-changing global marketplace and raw material supply. To be able to produce
sheepskins in New Zealand and Australia, our processes must not only deliver
products to our customers' expectations, they must also meet the cost, health
and safety and environmental standards of Australia and New Zealand.
Blending the skills of the craftsperson with the latest automated
manufacturing techniques, our research and development team enable the finest
quality sheepskins to be produced on a global scale, at globally competitive
the making of sheepskins was done at a cost to the environment with heavy water
and chemical use. Today the Bowron closed loop process, cutting edge chemistry
and advanced mechanical technology enable us to preserve the natural beauty of
our sheepskins with minimal inputs and an ever-reducing impact on the
environment. Regular audits prove time and again that we are industry leaders in
the development of processes that put care for the environment alongside the
quality of our products.
We understand the demands of our consumers for environmental sensitivity in
our processing because we require it also.
global markets require not only the finest sheepskins, but that huge volumes are
delivered on time throughout the world. We have painstakingly built up a team of
production people and a world class manufacturing facility over many years that
delivers exactly this. Our status as preferred supplier of sheepskins to global
retail and manufacturing brands is testimony to our track record in this regard.
We sit alone in our ability to deliver the quantities of sheepskins demanded by
today's integrated global markets.
the same way that we have invested heavily in relationships with our suppliers,
we have taken over 25 years to build a team of dedicated sales people around the
We have selected and trained our own people from Europe, North America, Asia
and Australasia to ensure that the needs of our customers can be dealt with as
quickly and directly as possible. Our approach has been to take our knowledge
and products directly to the world, rather than waiting for the world to find us
in New Zealand. Now our global family of customers can work with a team of
dedicated Bowron sales people 24 hours a day in the time zone of their choice.
only have we taken our sales people to the markets of the world, so too have we
taken our products. A network of fully stocked warehouses makes the world's
finest sheepskins accessible to our customers within days.
Quantities ranging from a container to a parcel can be dispatched from our
warehouses in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, facilitating
faster stock turn and enabling our customers to meet unexpected demand. In this
way Bowron customers deal directly with the New Zealand source but can access
stock immediately with a phone call or e-mail to their local warehouse.
This is the Bowron story: a story over 100 years in the making. We invite you
to join us as we continue our journey, bringing the finest of sheepskin and
lambskin products from our home, New Zealand, to the homes of the world.
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updates and availability from Bowron. If you are looking for an item which you
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Totally Furniture Team
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