This past November, the Texon site of Dongguan, which every year produces millions of square metres of box toe, heel counter, insole and lining technologies, while employing 180 workers, obtained Satra Laboratory Accreditation Status and is now certified to the GRS – Global Recycled Standard. These are important accreditations that reward the quality of the production, while reflecting Texon’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, and to prioritizing the health and safety of its sites, employees and the environment.
The SATRA Accredited Laboratory programme is a stamp of quality that is recognised throughout the global footwear and leather goods industries. The scheme provides reassurances to parties doing business together that the most rigorous material testing standards have been adhered to at all times. To become an accredited laboratory, the Dongguan site had to undergo a demanding assessment process, which regarded the overall working environment, the Texon testing equipment, the quality management system, and its technicians: an assessment that was passed with flying colours, allowing the company today to issue test reports for customers that include the SATRA logo, as a sign of the validity of the physical tests conducted on its materials.
GRS is instead a product standard that aims to increase the use of recycled materials in products and reduce/eliminate the harm caused by production processes and social policies. Also here Dongguan lived up to GRS requirements, demonstrating its products and processes to be up to the high environmental and social standards across all aspects of its supply chain.
“Securing these accreditations shows our customers that our business operates to the highest possible standards and that absolutely everything we do is supported by a firm commitment to quality, safety and the environment. – declared Kevin Lowe, Head of Texon Asia Operations – Added to the long list of ISO standards already in place at Dongguan, these standards help reinforce that we are a trusted partner to work with.”
Dongguan is Texon’s second SATRA accredited laboratory. The first is that in Mockmuhl, Germany where cellulose products are produced.