Exhibitor Profile – O’Neills International Sportswear – HMC Autumn Conference 2019
|Company Name:||O’Neills International Sportswear|
|Contact Name:||Peter Kennedy – New Business Manager|
|Tel:||01458 448414/07834 658908|
|Email:||[email protected] / [email protected]|
O’Neills was founded in 1918 and it is now the largest Sportswear manufacturing Company in Ireland. We celebrated our centenary year in 2018. The company has extensive manufacturing plants in both the UK and Ireland and employ over 750 staff between our factories, offices and sales teams. Satellite sales offices are found across the world (Australia, France, USA) but the main focus is on the UK/Ireland with offices in Strabane, Belfast, Dublin, London, Somerset and Lancashire.
O’Neills is a vertically integrated manufacturing Company – yarn is converted into fabric in our own factories which is then transferred to our Print and Sewing Units where it is made into garments. Our ability to manufacture from our own fabrics, the large majority of which are technical with moisture management properties as required by a sporting market, allows O’Neills to specially design garments to meet the short delivery dates dictated by the market. In the last forty years the Company has expanded considerably and is now a major supplier across a wide range of Sports. The company aim has always been to produce high quality garments suitable for all Sporting and Leisure activities and the ongoing success over a 100 year period has shown that this aim is undoubtedly being achieved. Once garments are made they are customised within in-house Embroidery and Print Departments to satisfy the demands for Crests, Logos, Sponsorship etc. Alongside the bespoke garments a large range of core stock colour garments are available off the shelf which can be ordered and customised with School, Club and Sponsor Crests/Logos.
The O’Neills tag line has always been ‘The Choice of Champions’. There are numerous professional clubs currently wearing the brand across a wide range of sports including Gaelic Games, Football, Rugby, Boxing, Basketball, Athletics, Special Olympic Athletes, Cricket, Hockey, and Netball. A large part of the market in the UK is within the Educational Sector, where all sports can be supplied along with a bespoke “core curriculum range”. The provision of a free Online facility for our partners is another extremely successful string to the O’Neills bow - 24/7 shopping as required which minimises both exposure to stock on shelves and administration for the partner school. Lead times vary depending on the nature of the order – bespoke teamwear – 4 to 5 weeks, stock garments with embroidery/print 3 weeks, specially made garments 6-8 weeks. For the online stores there is a maximum 10 working day lead time cited although current status is delivery within 3-7 days.