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3rd September 2013, Zurich

First STeP Certificate for German knitter

Mattes & Ammann, the Swabian knitted fabrics manufacturer, became the first textile company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the Oeko-Tex Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certificate in July this year.

Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, head of the Hohenstein Institute, handed over the STeP certificate to owner and Managing Director Christoph Larsen-Mattes and his team on behalf of the OEKO-TEX Association.

Are happy to be the first company in Germany and the EU economic area to be awarded the STeP certificate for their sustainable textile production (from left to right): Gudrun Volm, Environmental Management and Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator, Christoph Larsen-Mattes (company owner and managing director), Werner Moser (authorized signatory and sales director). © Oeko-Tex

"We would like to congratulate Mattes & Ammann on exemplary implementation of their sustainable company philosophy", said Mecheels. "Their example, over many years now, has shown that a careful and responsible approach pays off, even in a highly competitive market, and that example is giving other companies the courage to follow the same path."

Sustainability assessment

"At the first stage of STeP certification, all company departments with relevance in terms of environmentally-friendly production workflows and social working conditions were analysed via a web-based assessment", explained Oeko-Tex auditor, Ortrud Weber, of the Hohenstein Institute.

The assessment looks at how chemicals and potentially hazardous materials are handled, as well as the company's environmental performance, the implementation of an environmental management system, corporate responsibility for employees, efficient quality management and safety at the workplace.

Achievements

"The result achieved by Mattes & Ammann far surpasses the basic requirements for STeP certification and is at a level that reflects current best practice," concluded Weber.

"As a medium-sized family company, sustainability is a matter of course for us, for economic, ecological and social reasons, and it safeguards all of our livelihoods," said Christoph Larsen-Mattes.

Innovative and sustainable: Mattes & Ammann began a unique model project in June 2012 by planting 40,000

"What is positive here, above all, is that the solutions implemented so far are subject to ongoing re-assessment, so there is continuous improvement and forward development at all levels," Weber commented.

Mattes & Ammann is also able to communicate its achievements in environmental protection and social responsibility credibly and transparently with a large number of third-party certificates, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, EMAS, OHSAS 18001, SCC** and SA 8000.

Mattes & Ammann

Currently working with 300 employees and 500 machines and a total production area of around 36,000 m2 at its two factories in Meßstetten-Tieringen, Mattes & Ammann produce more than 56 million square metres of textile fabrics in circular knitting and warp knitting machines every year.

Production is focused in particular on technical knitted fabrics for the automotive industry. The company has ISO/TS 16 949 certification and has been supplying well-known automotive manufacturers with three dimensional shaped interior cladding components such as ceilings, pillars and back shelves for more than 30 years.

The company also supplies other knitted fabrics for seat fabrics and slip covers, as well as materials used inside seats. Another important branch of production at Mattes & Ammann consists of knitwear for the home textiles industry, in particular 100% cotton and mixed-fibre mattress upholstery fabrics for leading manufacturers in Europe, the USA and Australia.

www.oeko-tex.com

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