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Comex A Century Of Leadership In Narrow Fabrics

State-of-the-art technology, research and development, and high quality standards help to further this Mexican company's long-term success.<b><i>TW</i> Special Report</b>

Textiles In Mexico TW Special Report Comex: A Century Of Leadership In Narrow Fabrics State-of-the-art technology, research and development, and high quality standards help to further this Mexican company's long-term success. Founded in 1897, Compania Mexicana Textil, better known in the marketplace as Comex, is a famiIy-owned Mexican company that works under very high standards of efficiency and quality.The company, whose slogan is "A Tradition of Quality," has a long historv of manufacturing all kinds of narrow fabrics including ribbon, elastic, webbing, trimming, bias tape, cord, hook and loop, and much more.The Comex narrow fabrics operation is considered a top example in the textile industry, using the most up-to-date technology in all its processes, preparation, weaving, dyeing and packaging. Company StrategiesComex's long-term success has been based on the following strategies: People are the main strength of the companya highly skilled wofkforce driven by continuous improvement without compromising standards. Customers are the focus of all operations, with a very close relationship based on respect, honesty, feedback and superior service. State-of-the-art technology in all manufacturing processes offers a competitive edge. Research and development is a must. All work must meet the company's high quality standards. Manufacturing PlantsComex has three manufacturing plants with about 700 looms, continuous dye ranges and computerized packaging machineryeach for a specific type of product. Each plant operates three shifts, six days a week, with an average of 91 percent working efficiency at very high speeds. Plant No. 1 manufactures all kinds of ribbon from 1.5 millimeters (mm) up to 130 mm; in solid, multicolor, multiweft and jacquard; for apparel, crafts, home decor and industrial markets. Materials used include polyester, polyamide, and metallic yarns. Bias tapes are made using cotton or polyester.

Comex's ribbon plant is equipped with Jakob Muller weaving machines. Plant No. 2 manufactures custom-dyed, plain and jacquard woven and knitted elastic for intimate apparel. Widths range from 3 mm up to 100 mm. Materials include polyamide, polyester, spandex and rubber. The plant also manufactures trimming, fringe, cord, gimp and net for apparel, home decor, furniture and craftsall made using rayon, polyester, cotton and Lurex® yarns.Plant No. 3 is Comex's subsidiary "Cintas y Telas Elasticas," better known in the market as "Cytesa." It manufactures woven heavy and light webbings for seatbelts, harnesses, slings, safety equipment, travel gear, Iuggage, shoes, containers, military items, hats, and curtain tapes; from 12 mm up to 200 mm; in solid, multicolor and jacquard; using polyester, polyamide, Kevlar®, Nomex®, fiberglass, cotton and polypropylene fibers.Cytesa also produces woven reinforced elastics for orthopedics, sportswear, shoes and apparel; from 10 mm up to 250 mm in width; in solid, multicolor and jacquard; using polyester, polyamide and cotton with rubber or spandex. Equipment InstalledVertically integrated, Comex does its own twisting and yarn dyeing. Each plant has a laboratory with the most modern spectrophotometers, elongation and modulus equipment, crockmeters, launderometers, and weatherometers for checking colorfastness, as well as other equipment for testing flammability and tenacity.With the main objective of giving its more than 4,000 global customers consistent quality in its products and services, Comex certified its quality management system in June 2002 in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standards under the supervision of Bureau Veritas Quality International. 
Equipment for product finishing assures consistent high quality.The Comex managing team knows that after 105 years of existence, it has inherited a big responsibility, and it accepts the challenge to maintain its leadership. December 2002