Full List of PCIAW® Factory Tour Participants Announced

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) is happy to announce the full list of companies that will host factory tours for delegates attending the inaugural PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards in Portugal, sponsored by Carrington Textiles.

Organised by ANIVEC, the Portuguese Association for Textiles, the tours will showcase the capabilities of the local textile ecosystem and provide attendees with the opportunity to see firsthand how garments are manufactured using the latest technologies. Companies spanning various specialities from footwear and workwear to bedding and luxury fashion will open their doors, highlighting Portugal’s strengths as a nearshore textile and apparel production hub.

Participating companies:

Calvelex 

Calvelex is a garment manufacturer founded in 1985, operating 3 production units and 2 logistic centres with over 600 workers. Focused in high-end apparel with expertise in tailoring, the core products are coats, jackets, trousers and dresses. Calvelex has an annual capability to produce over 600K garments, exporting to over 50 markets and currently working with more than 100 different customers. The company continuously invests in cutting-edge technology, staff training and up-to-date partnerships to remain competitive in the international textiles industry. 

Carité  

Tentoes Professional footwear is a creation of the well-established Portuguese shoe manufacturer Carité Shoemaking Group that has its origins in 1990. 

At the heart of it all, our production infrastructure is a perfect combination of qualified staff, know-how, modern settings and technology. 

We interact and provide services adapted to the projects and needs of each of our clients and partners. We strive to respond to our customers’ needs with quality, speed and agility; providing them with a best-in-class experience. 

We can give you access to decades of technical knowledge, experience and expertise, articles and collections with features tailored to your needs and expectations. 

State-of-the-art footwear design, combined with high-tech materials and technologies, to guarantee high-quality products. 

QUALITY FOOTWEAR & INNOVATION IS OUR PASSION 

WE ARE READY TO BECOME AN INVALUABLE BUSINESS PARTNER 

Carrington Textiles 

Carrington Textiles is a workwear textile manufacturer, exporting to more than 80 countries. Carrington partnered with Acabamentos Têxteis SA more than 20 years ago and officially signed a joint venture in 2017. The premises has an annual production capacity of 18 million metres of fabric for workwear and fashion. 

Lameirinho 

LAMEIRINHO is a family-owned and run company with a proud tradition, working at the heart of the Portuguese textile industry since 1948. Over the years the company have embraced new materials, fresh designs, innovative technology and sustainable manufacturing. One thing that has never changed is its passion for making the finest quality bed and table linen, both under our own label and for select hotel and luxury brands worldwide. As a company with a strong international reputation, we stand by our motto of Ecology, Sustainability and Environmental Protection. Constant investment goes into design and innovation, making products of the highest quality with the least impact on our local and global communities. 

Polopiqué 

Designing, spinning, weaving and manufacturing tomorrow’s fashion Creative Texagility from Portugal to the World 

The Polopiqué Group is a Portuguese family-owned company, with decades of textile tradition and history. A complete vertical textile European Group, controlling production from spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing to the manufacturing of high-quality garments for clothing and home textiles. Polopiqué’s Texagility is our unique ability to combine textile expertise with agility and responsiveness. It is our superpower that allows us to quickly and efficiently develop and produce custom textile solutions for our customers, while also maintaining the highest quality standards. We are actively dedicated to sustainable practices, ensuring the responsible utilization of all resources, aiming to give back to our Earth and its communities. Polopiqué – a heritage of excellence, a future of innovation. 

Riopele 

Founded in 1927, Riopele is one of the most prestigious 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. 

Striving to create innovative and sustainable fashion fabrics, Riopele is focused on achieving operationally carbon neutral by 2027. This includes increasing the use of recycled raw materials. Designing for circularity. Creating fabrics that last longer and adopting cutting edge technologies for more efficient production processes. 

MARFEL 

Founded in 1946 in Felgueiras, Portugal, Marfel started as a textile garment factory with a vision to revolutionize the industry. 

In the 1950s, they expanded into Ketten knitting production establishing a strong foothold in the automotive and sportswear industries with a growing customer base. 

In the 1960s, Marfel launched their renowned shirt brands, Triple Marfel and Rosa Negra, becoming symbols of national reference. 

Besides retail, Marfel is a global leader in Private Label markets, with 40+ clients worldwide, producing for some of the most prestigious fashion brands, with a strong presence in Nordic and American markets. 

Their core products include all kinds of garments, such as shirts, blouses, pyjamas, skirts, pants, shorts and dresses. 

With more than 75 years of experience, focusing on quality craftsmanship, innovative production methods and customer satisfaction, Marfel remains committed to delivering top-notch products and service quality. 

Trotinete  

The Trotinete has reimagined the conventional uniform and developed an innovative and customized concept, emphasizing personalized design in accordance with each client’s identity and corporate image. 

We aim to create uniforms with design and quality, based on innovative and sustainable solutions, promoting the comfort, well-being, and safety of employees. We further strengthen our commitment to the circular economy, where from conception to the end of the product’s life cycle, our focus on reducing environmental impact is ever-present. 

ANIVEC represents the Portuguese apparel industry 

The Portuguese textile ecosystem is thriving and ANIVEC proudly represents the businesses within it. Now that the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards has taken its first step into the international sphere, it offers the people within the professional clothing industry the opportunity to see for themselves, the nearshore manufacturing quality available. 

César Araújo, President of ANIVEC; CEO of Calvelex and PCIAW® Board Director comments: “I have been collaborating with PCIAW® since its inception and I am proud to be one of the Founding Board Directors. The uniform industry needs consistent quality and that is what I am delighted to prove that Portugal can offer during the PCIAW® Factory Tours.

PCIAW Uniform Networks Buyer, Trusted member