Our History

Smith Uren emerged on the New Zealand textile scene in 1965 as an agent for Itochu Corporation of Japan. Founded by Stuart Smith the company grew quickly from a fabric agency to a multi-national trading company that now comprises 4 trading companies, 1 manufacturing. wholesale & distribution company and subsidiaries in South Africa. Smith Uren has built long term strategic partnerships in Asia, Europe, USA and Africa. The group is wholly owned by Stuart Smith who is Chairman.

Nearly 50 years of international trade has seen the Smith Uren Group develop sophisticated trade and logistics systems. The company has built a wealth of knowledge in a multitude of textiles areas and related products.
The company is continually researching, sourcing and developing new products in an ever changing international market.