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Bridge of Weir Leather Company opens in Detroit

Lincoln interior
Image caption The firm started in 1905, although it can trace its leather roots back to 1758

A Renfrewshire-based leather firm that tans and dyes hides for the luxury vehicle market has opened a division in the world's car capital, Detroit.

The Bridge of Weir Leather Company already counts US car company Lincoln among its customers.

It is the latest move by the privately-owned firm to expand its global reach.

Two years ago the leather company joined up with a Chinese firm in an attempt to tap into one of the world's fastest growing markets.

Sales director Jamie Davidson said: "Opening this new office places Bridge of Weir Leather very well to develop the automotive offering that we successfully run in the UK and Europe."

The firm started in 1905, although it can trace its leather roots back to 1758.

An early customer was the Ford Motor Company, which it supplied with leather for the Model T from 1911.

Famous ships to have been fitted out in Bridge of Weir leather include the Queen Mary and the QE2.

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