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Portuguese firm Penteadora gets OEKOTEX certificate
Apr '12
"Qualidade" is the slogan of the Portuguese wool combing and weaving company A Penteadora. As one of Europe's market leaders for woollen and wool blend fabrics, the company not only sets the benchmark for the high quality of the fabrics it produces but also attaches great importance to excellent customer service. In recognition of its outstanding commitment to protecting the environment and resources, A Penteadora has now been certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 as an environmentally friendly production site.

The company is located in the heart of Portugal, in a side valley in the mountains of the Serra da Estrela. It was founded on 25 April 1930 by Father Alfredo Marques dos Santos, embodying his vision of improving the living conditions in his parish by using only the resources that were available in the region.

With ample supplies of water on the one hand and countless flocks of sheep in the region on the other, setting up a wool-processing company was all but inevitable. Furthermore, the textile and clothing industry was traditionally very well established in the whole area, so there were plenty of buyers for the wool that was initially only washed and combed. As early as 1932, a new spinning mill was set up and A Penteadora became the main employer in the region.

In the years which followed, the company pursued a strategy of vertical integration, so that nowadays everything from the raw materials to the finished fabric can be produced in-house, entirely independently of any outside companies. Since 1999, A Penteadora has been part of the Paulo de Oliveira group, one of Europe's largest manufacturers of woollen and wool blend fabrics, and this has brought A Penteadora huge additional strategic and economic benefits.

In accordance with its own high quality standards, the company introduced a quality management system at an early stage. As early as 1994, A Penteadora was certified under the Standard NP EN ISO 9002, and then in 2003 under Standard NP EN ISO 9001.

To support quality standards and development and innovation of its products, Penteadora has laboratories properly equipped with control equipment. The Textile testing laboratory, accredited by ISO / IEC 17025, the dyeing and finishing laboratory for tests of research, innovation and optimisation of process in a laboratory and pilot scale.

As well as the laboratory control of the operation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Since 1996, the Portuguese fabric manufacturer has had its articles certified as meeting the requirements of Product Class II under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

For many years, the company has also been working consistently towards the ideal of a cleaner environment and excellent working conditions, and this was recognised at the end of 2011 when it was successfully certified as an environmentally friendly and socially responsible production site under the OEKO-TEX Standard 1000.

In 2012, A Penteadora expects to achieve a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions by converting the energy supply used for its production from thick fuel oil to liquid natural gas using a dedicated LNG. The concept of sustainability is already an integral part of the company's philosophy because of the high water consumption involved in its processes.

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