Company History

About Us

Monarch Knitting Machinery Corporation was founded in 1961 and is today widely recognised as being the world's leading supplier of single and double jersey knitting machines. This reputation has been built on a very close working business partnership with Precision Fukuhara Works Limited in Japan, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in the autumn of 2006.

Together, our business philosophy has always been to stay one step ahead of our competitors through our continuing technological development. We believe that the quality of the machine is of paramount importance and this, in conjunction with excellent after-sales support, has enabled us to establish very close working relationships with our customers. We feel that it is the close bond we develop with our customers which enables us to better understand market demands and which leaves Monarch and Fukuhara well placed to develop new machinery and fabrics of real commercial importance.

Monarch has its head offices in the U.S.A.

Monarch UK is responsible for the sale of machines, spare parts and technical service for the whole of Europe, Africa and Turkey.

Our Timeline

07 Jun 2023

ITMA Milan 2023

ITMA Milan 2023

01 Apr 2023

Fukuhara 100 Years Centenary

Fukuhara 100 Years Centenary

01 Jul 2021

Office Renovation Completed

The UK head office underwent a total renovation

Office Renovation Completed

20 Jun 2019

ITMA 2019

ITMA exhibition in Barcelona.

ITMA 2019

03 Jun 2019

Monarch Celebrates 50 Years

With a reputation for quality, service and advanced technology and by working closely with customers and the ultimate end-users, our company has successfully designed and developed leading models for a wide range of applications including home textiles, apparel, lingerie, intimates, swimwear, sportswear and technical textiles over the last 50 years.

12 Nov 2015

ITMA 2015

ITMA exhibition in Milan.

31 Dec 1999


Norman Brunton retires.

01 Jan 1999

New Managing Director

David Brunton took over the role of Managing Director.

14 Nov 1982


Moved to our current premises; a newly constructed factory, warehouse and offices in a recently created industrial estate on Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester.


02 May 1972

Office Move

Monarch UK moved their offices and warehouse to Gloucester Crescent, Wigston, Leicester.

01 Apr 1968

UK Branch Established

Monarch Knitting Machinery (UK) Ltd incorporated in Leicester, UK by David Pernick with Norman Brunton (MD) to facilitate the import of knitting machines, parts and needles from Fukuhara Industrial & Trading Co. Limited, Japan and export these to the European market, Turkey, Russia and Africa. Premises were in Ireton Avenue, Leicester.

UK Branch Established

25 Sep 1961

Company Founded

Monarch Knitting Machinery Corporation, U.S.A. established by David Pernick.