The Varaždin-based Croatian company Varteks has been producing dresses, coats, jackets and other clothing for specialised purposes, including uniforms for the Croatian Army, the police and the like for 101 years now.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of January, 2019, in three production plants in a complex of red brick buildings in the centre of Varaždin, several hundred workers are working daily in one shift on quality garment collections. In Varaždin’s Varteks, 24sata journalists were welcomed and hosted by Nenad Bakić, president of Varteks’ administration. He took them through all three production facilities. That day, designers who came to Varteks presented Bakić and his associates the new women’s collection – business elegance.
”First, we do prototypes of the clothing, then after consultations they go off for additional finishing should that be necessary. After that, we make a collector’s sample, a hand-made version that is produced in a small number of copies. If there are no more changes to be made, we make and launch the product,” explained Bakić. Currently, Varteks is launching its latest elegant collection made with younger people in mind, called Varteks Young.
”We can split production into several phases. Everything begins with the tailor, from the threading and onwards. There, the machine cutter does almost everything itself according to the instructions on the screen. After that, sewing begins. All the parts from the cutter are picked up and people connect them in smaller segments. Then everything is shifted into the assembly, the middle part of production, where some segments are assembled and come to the end with finishing and the final ironing. After that, what’s most important to us is quality control. If everything is fine, the goods are sent to the warehouse and are made ready for shipping, to our stores or to our customers,” explained Miljenko Vidaček, production manager at Varteks. He adds that it takes about four hours to make a suit.
Varteks produces a very wide range of merchandise, its production manager emphasises the fact that Varteks is among the most flexible companies in this part of Europe as a whole.
”We were coming to the end, pre-bankruptcy. We’re incredibly grateful to Mr. Bakić for the fact that we’re still here,” Varteks’ grateful employees conclude.
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