Article – Business Portugal Magazine
Edition: March 2016
10 YEARS OF QUALITY AND DISTINCTION
Qualistamp is a textile printing specializing in localized stamping. Situated in Fafe, this reference company has a set of modern equipment and skilled personnel to provide a service of excellence to its customers. The culture of quality Qualistamp and sustained growth that has seen have now been recognized with the award of the Prize SME Excellence in 2015.
Founded in 2006, Qualistamp is a dynamic and proactive company that thoroughly understands the area where focuses its activity. Its work is based on quality, seriousness and responsibility. Its leaders are aware that the small details make all the difference, so they are directed in the direction of the high standards of excellence.
Taking this business project to fruition are Romeu Vieira and Artur Marinho, who understand that the basis for sustained growth and success of the company based on the perfect combination of knowledge gained in academic training of Romeu Vieira, degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, and the experience and know-how Artur Marinho, acquired over 28 years of dedication to this sector of activity. “This combination allows us, on the one hand, a broad knowledge of the entire segment in which we operate, the various techniques, technology and training to staff and, on the other hand, monitored and efficient management,” maintains Romeu Vieira, adding who takes responsibility for the financial and commercial area, while Artur Marinho is responsible for production and quality.
Since its inception, the Qualistamp always excelled by a strong commitment and investment in cutting-edge technology with Portuguese quality seal. “There are 10 years investing either in technology or in the training and qualification of personnel, with the desideratum to ensure the efficiency and competitiveness of our company,” assume entrepreneurs.
Qualistamp is a company dedicated to the textile printing, which takes as its mission the development of prints and excellence solutions to exceed customers’ expectations. “We produce any type of localized stamping techniques. We add value to garments incorporating design in a certain position. How are very repetitive operations, bet on youth, the dynamic and proactive, so the average age of employees is 24 years, “points out our interviewee.
Always with the intention of being a reference company, recognized for competence, reliability and excellence in terms of printing, as well as the great and genuine interpersonal relationship with its customers, Qualistamp monitors market trends, always looking for new techniques . This relentless pursuit of continuous improvement results from the essential objective of presenting the best solutions, as the company works to very demanding segments and high quality. The main customer is represented by Inditex Group, an organization which owns nine brands in the market, which work for five (Bershka, Pull & Bear, Zara, Oysho and Massimo Dutti). “We are talking about a segment with amounts from 20 to 100 thousand pieces per model,” says Romeu Vieira, emphasizing the focus on large volume orders, the cost / benefit ratio. “We believe in the quality and competitiveness, so invested in the purchase of raw material quality and production efficiency, minimizing waste to the maximum.” In addition to the most representative group Qualistamp has produced and produces stamped parts for brands like Mango, Esprit, Desigual, Billabong, O’Neill, Next, Hugo Boss, Quiksilver, G-Star Raw which is part of Levi’s group, among other renowned and reference. “This segment refers to lower amounts, but we have a portfolio of open clients to various market segments, because one of the requirements of who is in front of a business is not dependent on a client or industry,” added the two managers Qualistamp.
Romeu Vieira stresses, however, the existence of three key variables, price, quality and delivery, assumptions made by Qualistamp, that simply can not be overlooked. “The quality has to be guaranteed, the price has to be competitive and the delivery time has to be fulfilled, so we are very flexible” support.
Company managers also point out the presence of Qualistamp in all international fairs related to their area of activity, because it is precisely in these fairs to “prepare for future trends techniques and products”, which is why the company is enabled to make any technical localized stamping, assuming techniques that other companies do not dominate, demonstrating its avant-garde attitude.
At the request of colleges teaching the company receives quite often students of Arts and Design in order to convey the reality of the stamping process located.
Romeu Vieira took note that the current space Qualistamp is conditioned in terms of plant layout. The facilities are leased, an option taken on the establishment of the company, because the purchase of a pavilion would require much more investment to 375,000 euros with the creation of the company. “Right now, we have no room to acquire more equipment, so there are about eight months we began to outline a new factory layout. We want to have a work sequence that allows us to more efficiently and reducing production cycle times, resulting in an increase of the same, “explains Romeu Vieira, adding that the new plant being designed will increase by 40 percent the capacity installed and thus boost growth and competitiveness.
The entrepreneur estimates that in 2018, the Qualistamp make the transition to the new unit in the Industrial Zone Monte da Pena in Fafe, whose land occupies 6000 square meters and terms of construction will occupy 2250 square meters. “Currently we have 30 employees, but also anticipate double this number,” advance entrepreneurs.
SME Excellence Award 2015
“The SME Excellence 2015 award represents our commitment and efforts in sustainable growth. This distinction is an additional motivation for us to continue to work and serve our customers with the quality that distinguishes us. This status is above all a recognition of the good work we have been developing, “argues Romeu Vieira.