More than 30 jobs are set to be created at a Northern Ireland textile company after it revealed a multi-million pound investment project.

Ulster Weavers Apparel will take on 33 new staff as part of plans to invest £6.2 million in the development of its linen and other fabric brands through innovation, exports and efficiency improvements.

The John Hogg group subsidiary, which has operations in Belfast, Banbridge, Castlewellan and Dungannon, currently employs 289 people and has been offered Selective Financial Assistance of £1.5m by Invest NI towards the costs of the investment.

Managing director Declan Gormley said: "Overall, this represents a significant investment by the group in knowledge-led aspects of the business such as new product design and development, innovative finishing, improvement techniques and export marketing.

"We aim to maximise market opportunities for Irish linen through the development of existing products, the continued development of our new brand, Linen Essentials, and our strategic partnership with DuPont on the highly innovative Irish Linen plus Lycra brand.

"This will enable us to offer customers a broader range of higher value and technically advanced fabrics."