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Malaysia’s Penfabric Receives Two Oeko-Tex Certifications

Malaysian textile manufacturer Penfabric, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toray Group, has received two Oeko-Tex certifications: STeP, awarded for sustainable production, and Made in Green, a traceable product label.

News of the awards was announced in a statement from independent Swiss textile testing institute Testex on Wednesday.

Penfabric, founded in 1973, is a vertical manufacturer comprising four mills that undertake spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing operations to produce a range of yarns, fabrics and dyed yarn for sewing thread. The company has been Oeko-Tex Standard 100-certified since 1996.

“Today, to be a great company, we have to be a good corporate citizen,” said H.S. Teh, Penfabric’s managing director. “Through our efforts to drive sustainable economic growth and thoughtful actions to bring positive changes, Penfabric is well on her way to be a great sustainable company.”

In addition, Penfabric’s production facilities are accredited ISO 14001, one of the world’s most popular standards for environmental management, as well as with the quality management certification ISO 9001-2008. But as Teh put it, “In contrast to some other certifications, Oeko-Tex STeP provides a sound assessment of sustainable production conditions specifically tailored to the textile industry.”