Spotlight on Hyosung’s Esteemed Portuguese Mill Partners – Hyosung Performance Textiles


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Stories | February 14, 2024

Spotlight on Hyosung’s Esteemed Portuguese Mill Partners

At ISPO Munich held last November 28-30, we were honored to showcase many of our Portuguese Mill Partner fabrics at the show!

 As you may know, an evolving trend has developed where European brands are increasingly sourcing high-quality, and certified sustainable textiles from European mills to take advantage of shorter lead times, faster delivery times, and lower transportation costs. 

Portugal is a key supply market for global luxury brands as it has a reputation for producing high-end textiles with a focus on natural fibers and traditional manufacturing methods – and we are very excited to be partnering with many of the best Portuguese mills on the development of new luxury and traceable textile innovation!

The following eight mills based in Portugal introduced new luxury knits made with our USDA and SGS-certified creora® Bio-Based elastane, RCS-certified 100% recycled creora® regen elastane and soft-stretch creora® EasyFlex elastane in special Made in Portugal area for brands looking for certified-sustainable luxury materials made in Europe. 

Following is a bit of background information on our partners:


Familitex Tecelagem changed the circular knitting production market and is today one of the biggest Portuguese companies in the textile sector. They work every day to change the world of knitwear through sustained and highly challenging growth.


Knitting circular sustainable fabrics since 2016, HATA is a young company committed to part of a new and evolved global textile and manufacturing supply chain. With the latest technology in circular knitting machines. HATA is proudly co-creating and producing advanced knitting structures to equally engaged partners that envision answering the sustainable and ethical challenges of our future generations.


Although Impetus started by producing only underwear and loungewear in 1973, the experience and know-how it has acquired over the years – together with significant investment in new technologies, allowed the company to expand its portfolio to a wide range of technical products such as apparel for work and sports – betting its concentration on seamless underwear. Today, Impetus had the most complete vertically integrated production structure in Europe.


Led by the spirit of innovation since 1995, LMA is differentiated by the constant development and production of knitted and synthetic fabrics with diverse functionality and high quality. They introduced the PO744/23 for the first time at ISPO Munich 2023, which combines organic cotton with USDA and SGS -certified creora® bio-based elastane partly made with renewable materials to improve comfort and reduce environmental impact. The fabric is finished with a vegan softener to minimize the harmful effects of the softener.


Founded in 1927, Riopele is one of the oldest textile manufacturers in Portugal. Incorporating sustainable practices across the entire business, Riopele invests in the production of high-quality fabrics based on natural, synthetic, artificial, and recycled fibers – with tremendous expertise in polyester/viscose/elastane blends.


RDD Textiles® is a Portuguese vertical integrated company on a mission to disrupt the fashion supply chain by providing sustainable textile innovations to global brands. They create responsible jersey fabrics with bio-based, regenerative, or recycled materials – being a worldwide leader in this sector. Their textile solutions are engineered in-house at its Research Lab and Knitting & Dyeing facilities, all located in the North of Portugal.


Sidónios Knitwear is one of the pioneers of the seamless apparel industry, which began with over 35 years of experience in knitting and providing circular knitting fabrics for the most the most exclusive fashion brands. Throughout its journey, the company has been pushing boundaries of technology, collaborating with its clients to present disruptive styles due to the beauty, performance, handfeel, and sustainable products it achieves.


Vilartex was founded on February 2, 1978, and started working with two circular looms in Vilarinho City, Portugal. They are among the 1,000 major Portuguese companies. Its primary business is the production and commercialization of knitted materials. Today, they occupy a modern industrial area consisting of 30,000 m2 in Corvite – Guimarāes of which 10,600 m2 is a covered space.

Please reach out to us via the contact button on the blog if you would more information on our Portuguese Mill partners, or their luxury fabrics made with our specialty yarns!

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