Backed by 70 years of history
It started out entirely as a family-run business in the textile sector. Its origins go back to the beginning of the 20th century, when the group’s first company was founded in 1914: Hijos de Antonio Ferre, S.A., a textile manufacturing company that produced hard-wearing fibres for technical use.
Hilaturas Ferre was founded in 1947 and from then right up to the present we have created a business culture based on six fundamental points:
- Personnel training as the foundation of all our work.
- Commitment to quality.
- Technological innovation that enables us to offer the best value for money.
- Specialisation in products made from recycled materials that are in keeping with an ecological ideal and offer the guarantee of using healthy materials.
- Partnerships with experts who can complement our work.
Nowadays, the company’s shareholders and directors include members of the fourth generation of the family.
Antonio Ferre opens a textile factory in his native Banyeres de Mariola, a small town in Alicante, Spain. The business begins small, making jute and other bast-fibre fabrics. Antonio Ferre sells bags for fertilizers in economically depressed Spain while most of Europe’s countries are involved in World War I, and he makes it through the tough interwar years. Faced with another shortage of supplies during the difficult Spanish post civil war years of the 1940s, a second generation of Ferres has a huge vision and a game changing innovation: turn textile waste into yarn.
The Ferre family starts recycling textile waste into cotton yarn and has been turning waste into resources ever since. Transforming global supply chains to recover raw materials, reduce the use of water and chemicals and the emission of CO2, and forging partnerships with trusted brands and manufacturers who match Ferre’s commitment with the environment. Most proud of pioneering sustainable materials and processes, Ferre allows for a truly closed-loop fashion industry and continues to strengthen the values that have defined its reputation over the company’s 100 year history: sustainability, product quality, process innovation, state of the art technology and upcycled cotton yarn authority.
Ferre gives a name to is unique system of textile waste collection and recycling:
Recover, a name that defines both the company’s process and purpose.
The Recover Upcycled Textile System is officially launched with major global brands and retailers worldwide.
Today, a third generation of Ferres are active and involved in the precious house of Upcycled Cotton Yarns that has been carefully built over many decades. But for them, it is much more than a family business.