News and Views from Knitwire

Remembering Paul Francis

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the untimely passing of our Sales Executive, Paul Francis. Paul was not only an employee, but also a talented salesman, fantastic teacher, and a close friend to all in the company.


Paul has been with us since the company was founded in 1976, having met the founders, Eric and Audrey Forber, when he was just 14 years old as their next-door neighbour. At the age of 19, Paul became our second ever employee, after Stephen Forber, Eric and Audrey’s son, and has been with the company ever since.

Paul Francis stoof in front of knitwire banner

Paul’s position took him all over the world to places such as America, South Africa, Asia, across Europe and even to an oil rig in the middle of the ocean. Although short, Paul’s life was full of adventure. Paul championed some of the companies most successful projects, including products involving our aramid yarn cell.

Because of Paul’s dedication to this particular cell, we have decided to rename our aramid yarn cell to ‘The Paul Francis Production Line’, in his honour.


When asked about his retirement plans, Paul would respond “I’ll still be around”, and we hope that this gesture will bring this to life.

Paul Francis standing in front of mountains at Cape Town
Sign for the Paul Francis production line

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