Twenty-three years ago, SPARS Safety was founded in the Portuguese city of Vila Nova de Gaia as a wholesale distributor of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Strong growth and requests for workwear led the company to create a sewing department in 2008 with the goal of moving from outsourced to in-house sewing. The company used a traditional, manual process to reproduce and adapt models for the local market.
In 2014, an in-house production unit was created but the manual process was very slow. Due to growing market demands and the need to quickly respond to customers, it was becoming urgent for the company to rethink its strategy and reassess how best to position SPARS as a business partner capable of responding in an agile way. In 2016 the company created it’s own brand: SPARS Safety®.
Four key objectives
- Produce in-house to protect knowledge and material expertise
- Establish a customization service
- Reduce delivery times
- Increase material savings and reduce waste
To achieve these goals, SPARS had to review its production processes and find the right technology partner to guide them in the transition towards process digitalization and automation.
The management team considered it essential to choose a technology partner capable of empowering and guiding them in choosing the most suitable solutions for digitalizing and automating
The particularities of technical clothing, namely electronic components, require compliance with a series of standards and requirements that, in addition to a high knowledge of technical materials, also require professional secrecy.
By implementing Lectra’s solutions, SPARS could finally bring production in-house, increase production capacity and gain greater control over quality, costs and delivery times.