Acorfato Industria de Confecoes S.A., located at Tabua, in the center of Portugal, not far from the historic University city of Coimbra, was founded in 1989 by Antonio Correia, professional tailor, with a vast experience in the manufacturing of men's suits with only one purpose: total customer satisfaction, focusing on quality and innovation through an efficient and faster response to the customer.

The family-owned company dedicated to the production of men's trousers and jackets began, as many other companies in the region, in a garage with 28 employees only. It went through several restructuring phases, facilities change and even overcame with mastery some crisis in the textile business by subcontracting to companies in the area and the acquisition of small businesses as a complement to other product segments.

These factors led to a steady increase of staff strength and significant growth through major investments made in new technologies and equipment, essential to respond to the internationalisation policy of gaining market share in new markets like France, Germany and Spain.

Technological partnership

Aiming to bring its apparel products to new markets, the company today has 247 employees on board and a production capacity of 400 pieces per day. Acorfato S.A. relies on Gerber Technology as its technological partner since 1997, having invested over the years quite substantially in GerberCAD and CAM equipment to support product design and pattern making as well as planning and cutting solutions.

 

                                                              Entrance hall to Acorfato, Industria de Confecoes S.A at Tabua.

The implementation of most powerful spread and cut planning software-to represent the company's most recent and logical next step to leverage from what integrated technology has to offer: Gerber Technology's AccuPlan software proofed at Acorfato from day 1 as an essential analytical tool supporting the strict calculation of consumptions and deviations' analysis that allows optimisation of stock management and thus proposing a more attractive and rigorous pricing policy towards the customer.

The expansion into export markets, as it is currently the case for the American and more recently the Dutch market, both of them still embryonic, brought new challenges in terms of consumption and deviation analysis, optimisation of stocks and pricing support to the commercial department.