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Texon secures SATRA and GRS recognition

Structural material solutions producer Texon’s nonwoven facility in Dongguan, China has been awarded two significant industry accreditations. The site, which produces millions of square metres of box toe, heel counter, insole and lining technologies each year, has received SATRA Laboratory Accreditation status and is also now certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). These accreditations follow in-depth assessments by independent auditors and are being promoted as reflecting the company’s commitment to sustainability, the health and safety of its employees and operations, and care for the environment.

To become a SATRA-accredited laboratory, Texon’s Dongguan site had to undergo a demanding assessment process. SATRA auditors visited the facility several times to confirm that the overall working environment, Texon’s testing equipment, its quality management system, and its technicians met its exacting standards. Dongguan is Texon’s third SATRA-accredited laboratory – the company’s facilities in Mockmuhl, Germany and Ripatransone in Italy are also certified to SATRA standards.

GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that aims to increase the use of recycled materials in products and reduce or eliminate the harm caused by production processes and social policies. On a mission to accelerate sustainable practices across the textile industry, the standard sets out requirements for the third-party certification of recycled content. It also specifies conditions relating to social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions. During the GRS evaluation process, Texon had to demonstrate that all of its products and processes at Dongguan lived up to GRS requirements across all aspects of its supply chain. It also had to provide evidence of its policies on employment, showcase its environmental management system, provide figures on its energy and water use, and disclose its record-keeping for chemical storage and management.

The photograph above shows Denny Dang – quality control manager at Texon’s Dongguan site, with the laboratory’s SATRA accreditation certificate.

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This article was originally published on page 4 of the December 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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