About Us

The £2million state of the art Shahtex knitting plant, is more versatile than most as they offer design flexibility and are capable of high production runs.

Shahtex (Leicester) Ltd is a family run circular knitting company established 25 years ago manufacturing high quality weft knitted single and double jersey fabrics, on gauges ranging from 7 to 28 for UK and EEC store groups. Supplying both greige and finished fabrics to merchants and converters who further process the fabric to their own colour and print. We also supply garment manufacturers fabric to their specification.


A capability of 55 tonnes a week, our vast plant is able to accommodate simultaneously specialist fabric, small runs and rapid design changes. It consists of 35 computerised circular knitting machines that run day and night, overseen by a team of highly skilled technicians and operatives.

The fabrics produced cover a broad spectrum of types and weights from plain single jerseys, interlock, micro fibres, ottoman, ponti de roma and ribs to stripes and intricate jacquards in viscose, polyester, nylon, cotton and acrylic with or without Lycra. All fabrics are dyed in the U.K. to exact European standards. The colour that is chosen for the fabric by the customer is precisely lab dipped and matched to sample shade given. Test reports are provided to any store standard, to ensure you are satisfied that it is a perfect match.


Checks are made thoroughly throughout the whole production process, being long or short, systematically checked to ensure colour continuity from batch to batch. The code of the dye blend is given for future reference, assuring long runs of 100,000 metres and any repeat orders will be manufactured within shade tolerances throughout. Speed and efficiency is taken seriously whether orders are large or small.

As well as being able to match your own design sample we invest continually in new designs. We offer over 5,000 existing lines, all with full specification documentation and sample swatches. This is an incredible choice that few other suppliers can match. Our continuous investment in areas such as design, machinery and our quality standards has earned us a good reputation for reliability and service at competitive prices.

shahtex-icon5Since 1987 we have been manufacturing and supplying knitted fabrics for the leisurewear, sportswear and underwear industries.