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

Our History Timeline

  • 1961

    Company founded

    25 September

    Monarch Knitting Machinery Corporation, USA established by David Pernick

  • 1968

    UK branch established

    1 April

    Monarch Knitting Machinery (UK) Limited 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.

  • 1972

    Office move

    2 May

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

  • 1982


    14 November

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

  • 1999

    New Managing Director

    1 January

    David Brunton took over the role of Managing Director

  • Retirement

    31 December

    Norman Brunton Retired

  • 2015

    ITMA 2015

    12 November

    ITMA 2015 exhibition in Milan