Delta Galil Industries Ltd. Was founded in September 1975 by Mr. Dov Lautman and Mr. Eliezer Peleg. The company has opened its first sewing plants in Karmiel and Nazareth, in the North of Israel. The founders wasted no time during the first few years in building its core competencies and setting its standards for quality and its agenda for the worldwide distribution of its products. Hundreds of workers were hired in Israel, and facilities for spinning, dyeing and knitting were acquired, expanded, upgraded, relocated and filled with state-of-the-art equipment. Delta quickly became Israel’s largest underwear manufacturer and began cultivating a relationship with Marks & Spencer. The collaborative partnership with the UK retail giant would prove to be among Delta’s more strategic alliances over the next two decades and mushroom into the Company’s largest customer base. Sales volume by the end of the decade reached $14.5 million.
The 1980’s saw continued international expansion as Delta founded an affiliate company in London to promote exports to the UK, began penetrating the French market, contracted Pierre Cardin to manufacture and distribute branded garments to the European community and established its first local foothold in the US. Delta’s business scope began to expand as the company established new divisions in Israel for developing intimate apparel and leisurewear, and a new sock plant in Carmiel. Cotton-Lycra fabrics were developed that would become primary staples for ladies fashion and a factory in Scotland was launched to address the leisurewear market. Delta became a publicly traded company on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange, with 25% of its shares eventually being acquired by Sara Lee, and posted sales volume of $117 million by the end of the decade.
During the 90’s, Delta proceeded to strengthen its core manufacturing capabilities and capacity by expanding to new geographies, reflecting a strategic shift to low labor-cost countries. Delta commenced manufacturing activities in Jordan through a joint venture with CIG, established a sewing plant in Egypt and began sourcing activities in Turkey and Eastern Europe. Sabrigum, an Israel based elastic-tape factory, was acquired. The company began its seamless apparel operation, expanded activities in the bra category, and acquired Babygro (Scotland), promptly increasing its production three fold in two years. Reorganizing its diverse activity base into a more cohesive business unit structure, Delta launched its IPO on NASDAQ and achieved sales volume of $355 million by the end of the ‘90s.
The first decade of the new century has thus far seen a series of key acquisitions, including: Dominion, a Canadian sock manufacturer(2000); Wundies, a US mass-market underwear manufacturer; Inner-Secrets, a US ladies intimate apparel manufacturer (2001) (subsequently merged with Wundies to form Delta Galil USA); Auburn hosiery mills, a key piece in expanding its stake in the US and European sock market; the Wilson hosiery license for the US and Europe; and the Burlen Corporation. Further outsourcing in the Middle East and Far East has ensued, including the inauguration of a plant in China and the expansion of production in Egypt. In the US, Delta has managed to further bolster its position in the ladies’ intimate apparel space and has broadened its mass-market appeal. Delta has also introduced a series of new innovations, highlighted by its patented Real Cool Cotton™ (RCC) fabric, and has made significant strides in adopting a green corporate culture and policy. In July 2007 Controlling shares of the company were sold by founder Dov Lautman to Isaac Dabah and the current approximate sales volume has grown to $559 million.