Bonds (clothing)

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Pacific Brands Underwear Group
Public
IndustryClothing
FoundedGeorge Alan Bond, Sydney (1915)
Headquarters
115 Cotham Rd, Kew, Melbourne
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ProductsUnderwear
Sleepwear
Light casual apparel
ParentPacific Brands
Websitewww.bonds.com.au

Pacific Brands Underwear Group, known under its core brand Bonds, was an Australian manufacturer and now a importer of men's, women's and children's underwear and clothing, and a subsidiary of Pacific Brands. The head office is located at 115 Cotham Rd in Kew, Melbourne.

History[edit]

Bonds was established in 1915 by George Allan Bond, an American who came to Australia in the early twentieth century. He started importing women's hosiery and gloves. In 1917 he began manufacturing hosiery in Redfern, Sydney. In 1918 he moved to Camperdown and began also making underwear. In 1932, Bond built Australia’s first cotton spinning mill at Wentworthville in western Sydney. This particular section of Wentworthville was soon renamed Pendle Hill in honour of his Scottish family origins. To facilitate easy access to Bond's Spinning Mills for employees, a railway station and eventually a whole new suburb were created.[1]

The company went into liquidation in 1929 and a public company, Bonds Industries Limited, was established. In 1970 the company merged with Coats Paton Pty Ltd. In 1987 the company was taken over by Pacific Dunlop, and it was then sold in 2001 to form a separate entity, Pacific Brands Holdings Pty Ltd. At that time also the spinning mill was closed. In 2004 Pacific Brands Limited was listed as a public company on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and the New Zealand Exchange (NZX).[1]

In 2006, Bonds manufactured 40% of its goods in Australia at three sites in New South Wales: Cessnock, Unanderra and Wentworthville.

Pacific Brands cut 1850 jobs and ceased manufacturing in Australia by September 2010 to reduce manufacturing costs.[2] After public outrage and media coverage of the sacked staff, a group of former employees banded together to form Tuffys & Tuffetts underwear, buying much of Bonds' old equipment and rehiring sacked staff.[3]

Acquisition[edit]

On 28 April 2016 Pacific Brands entered into an agreement with Hanesbrands for the acquisition of 100% of the company[4] and it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Hanesbrands on 15 July 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bonds UK - About us". Bonds UK. Archived from the original on 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
  2. ^ "Pacific Brands Exit Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  3. ^ "Bonds Staff resurrect Australian manufacturing". Daily Telegraph. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  4. ^ "Pacific Brands Board unanimously recommends acquisition proposal from Hanes Brands" (PDF). Company Announcement. 28 April 2016.