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04-May-2015 | 2198-EN

Knitwear at its best -

Malhas Sonix S.A. is the OEKO-TEX® Company of the Month for April 2015

Zurich (IS) The Portuguese textile industry is currently experiencing a revival - however, rather than cheap mass-market products, it is high-quality and niche products that are in demand. Northern Portugal has traditionally always been influenced by the textile and clothing industry and can boast many experienced textile companies that have become established as a result of the long textile tradition. One of these successful companies is Barcelos-based Malhas Sonix S.A., a manufacturer of high-quality knitware. In March 2015, Malhas Sonix became the first company in Portugal to be awarded the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certificate for its Sustainable Textile Production.

Malhas Sonix is a manufacturer of high-quality leisure and sports clothing as well as jersey nightwear and underwear for men, women and children. Established in 1965, the company now employs 230 staff and manufactures around 200,000 items of clothing each month, 90% of which are exported to European markets. The company's own knitting mill and dying plant at the Portuguese factory enable the company to be extremely flexible when reacting to customer requirements. Additional production locations as well as international production partnerships in Asia and Africa ensure that the demand is constantly met. In doing this, Malhas Sonix feels obliged to support the same traditional values and focus on innovation as the company founders. This primarily includes the desire to offer the very varied group of customers optimum product quality with modern diversity. Samuel Costa, COO, explains: "It is the aim of Malhas Sonix to offer optimum products and solutions for all product categories in the sense of customer loyalty, growth and thus sustainable company success. This means that, in addition to quality concepts, we always have to keep an eye on customer wishes and demands." Thus, the company's service range also includes an in-house design service for exclusive projects in collaboration with selected customers, which translates current fashion trends into the creation of stylish new models.

Malhas Sonix has also created an additional, and constantly expanding, presence with the provision of labour services in the areas of dying and finishing. State-of-the-art machinery and constant optimisation of the production processes ensure efficiency and competitiveness, which according to João Ferreira, CEO, is ultimately important with regard to competitors in the Far East: "Our customers know that with us, they receive a one-stop service that is fully integrated. For example, the manufactured products are continually tested in our in-house laboratory to ensure that they meet the colour specifications of the customer. In general, to assert oneself in the European textile landscape, the keys to success include quality, reliability, flexibility, a long textile tradition and proximity to the markets. In addition, nowadays full commitment to environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility also plays a deciding role."

Accordingly, Malhas Sonix consciously focuses on sustainability in the production of its articles: Since March 2015, the company has been the first, and up until now, the only textile company in Portugal to have STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification. OEKO-TEX® General Secretary Georg Dieners together with Maria José Carvalho and Braz Costa from Centro Tecnológico Têxtil e Vestuário (CITEVE) presented the STeP certificate to the President Conceição Dias and her team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX® Association. Conceição Dias highlights the public perception of the STeP certificate: "With STeP, we can cover all relevant company areas with just one certificate and also clearly communicate our achievements externally with regard to environmental protection, sustainability, occupational health and safety, and health protection." Malhas Sonix achieved Level 3 in the SteP scoring, which is the highest assessment level granted to companies with exemplary implementation of the required criteria (Best Practice). Conceição Dias sees even more benefits to STeP certification: "The modular structure of STeP by OEKO-TEX® is clearly structured and transparent. Each module and each tested area is weighted individually and thus enables a comprehensive analysis of a company's efforts in the area of sustainability. Furthermore, the analysis gives us a clear indication of where we stand and the areas in which we can optimise our performance. For our customers in particular, this establishes a firm basis for placing more trust in us as a responsible textile producer. Consequently, we can count this as a long term and significant benefit to our image."

Malhas Sonix, S.A.
Rua Filipa Borges
1163 a 1245 Apartado.216
4754-909 Barcelos

Phone: +351 253 802 040
Fax: +351 253 821 906

OEKO-TEX® Company of the Month
In 2011, OEKO-TEX® launched the "Company of the Month" campaign. The objective is to highlight all those companies of the textile chain who stand out on account of their above-average commitment to human-ecological product safety and sustainable production conditions. The application to be "Company of the Month" is open to all businesses with a valid OEKO-TEX® certification.
Each month, an OEKO-TEX® jury will select one company from all applications received. This company will then be explicitly named and presented on the internet campaign page at as well as in publications such as the newsletter and press releases by the OEKO-TEX® Association.
All Companies of the Month will also be visibly marked with the campaign logo in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide at and they will receive a corresponding certificate and free web banners for use in their own publications and sales channels.

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