PCIAW® Factory Tours in Portugal on 7th November 2023

An exclusive opportunity for delegates to experience how textiles are produced and what state-of-the-art technologies guarantee premium quality.




Delegates of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2023 are invited to join the factory tours in Porto, organised by the Key Sponsor, ANIVEC – the Portuguese Association for Apparel and Clothing.

The Portuguese textile and apparel industry has developed an entire ecosystem with a reputation for quality that reaches every corner of the world. From yarn spinning to fabric weaving, dyeing and finishing, all the way through to some of the finest garment manufacturing capabilities that Europe has to offer.

Not everybody gets the opportunity to see and learn how textile processing works with their own eyes and PCIAW® and ANIVEC are excited to give delegates of the PCIAW® Event in Portugal the chance to do so.
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César Araújo, President of ANIVEC; CEO of Calvelex and PCIAW® Board Director commented:

Many of the PCIAW® Trusted Members currently manufacture in Portugal or are viewing the textiles ecosystem as a nearshore alternative. ANIVEC and PCIAW® will be facilitating factory visits on the first day – 7 November 2023 – providing greater business value for those reconsidering their supply chains, in addition to the opportunities for education, networking and celebration.

Our Sponsors

Visit Carrington Textiles’ premises in Portugal

The Premier Sponsor of PCIAW® in 2023, and one of the founding PCIAW® members, Carrington Textiles is opening its doors to delegates of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards event to tour its premises and understand what goes into producing the some of the most trusted workwear and PPE fabrics in the world.

Carrington Textiles’ premises in Portugal has a production capacity of 18 million metres of fabric per year and has renowned expertise in both protective clothing and fashion, as the company’s long-standing partnership of over 20 years with Acabamentos Têxteis SA turned into an official joint venture in 2017.

PCIAW® and ANIVEC are currently planning the factory tour routes

ANIVEC will be putting forward a collection of Portuguese textile, apparel and footwear factories for delegates to visit. Look out for the announcement which is coming soon and book your space on the tours whilst there is space available.

Visit the Ripoloe premises in Portugal

Founded in 1927, Riopele is one of the oldest textile manufacturers in Portugal and an international reference in the creation and production of fabrics for fashion and clothing collections. As a leading textile manufacturer of fashion fabrics, Riopele integrates the areas of R&D, Spinning, Dyeing, Twisting, Weaving and Finishing, offering a vertical production system that can meet the current demands of the fast-paced fashion industry. Due to its expertise in fabric design and production, which now spans a remarkable 96 years of activity, Riopele also has a private label clothing manufacturing service, based on quality, reliability and exceptional customer service values.

Visit the Carité Calçados premises in Portugal

Carité Calçados is a Portuguese footwear company that started in 1986 providing shoe sewing services. It has grown to become a footwear manufacturer producing complete shoes, operating in the medium-high end market segment. The company invests in facilities, equipment and staff to meet high quality and delivery standards.
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