António Moreira Gonçalves
Used to making Non-Woven Fabric (TNT) almost exclusively for the automobile sector, Trim NW has found a new market in personal protection equipment manufacturing. Two months past, the economic recovery in their traditional business is looming, but the health market is still a priority. The company was certified by CITEVE for two more TNT products and is completing a new production line that will increase its productive capacity up to 750 thousand m2 every week.
And if back in March Trim NW saw many of its customers in the auto industry reducing or suspending activity, right now the CEO of the company, Rui Lopes, believes that there might be an uptick in the annual turnover, which reached 3.6 million euro in 2019.
Thus, the company is broadening its catalogue in the TNT field, the raw material used in the making of scrubs, suits, head protections and other hospital protective equipment, while also increasing its productive capacity, which will reach a weekly production of around 750 thousand m2. “We already had the machinery, but we adjusted them to suit the new production. Right now we are making the final adjustments to start labour”, discloses the entrepreneur.
A production that is almost entirely destined for the Portuguese industry. However, Trim NW – which in 2019 exported 99% of its production – already has enquiries from factories in Spain, Italy and England, asking for the new TNT models.
Signs that, combined with the return of the auto industry, give the company a sense of optimism about 2020. “The auto business is taking off albeit with very small orders. Starting in September, we hope to return to normal”, encourages Rui Pereira.