Why choose a local textile supplier?

Choosing a local textile supplier is often the best choice for your business. They are able to deliver certain benefits that can improve efficiency and your bottom line. A local supplier can understand your needs and requirements better than a foreign company and they’re more likely to deliver on time. 

Working with a local manufacturer also means that there will be less bureaucracy involved, which makes things run more smoothly in terms of getting the job done quickly and at an affordable price point. Romatex is a leading manufacturer of stitch-bonded non-woven material and other textiles in South Africa.

Stitchbond is a sustainable textile made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) – the polymer used to manufacture beverage bottles. Every year, we produce around 24 million square metres of this fabric, which is enough to keep 54 million plastic bottles out of landfills and the environment. 

Romatex textile manufacturing facility in Cape Town, South Africa

A local textile supplier can better understand your needs

Working with a local textile supplier means they are more likely to better understand what is needed in the local context. They can understand nuances within the economy and logistics sector. In addition, they may be able to tailor certain elements of their products to suit your needs and provide you with an order that fits your budget. 

With a local textile supplier, you have the ability to speak directly with someone who knows the products they are selling. This is important when it comes to buying fabrics – you need someone who can give you advice on what materials will work best for both production and final use in terms of quality, durability and price point.

When it comes to buying textiles, whether online or directly from the supplier, you need to look for a supplier that offers an extensive range of products. The more options you have, the better. You should be able to choose from different types of fabrics, as well as different weights and finishes.

Romatex textiles

A local textile supplier involves less bureaucracy

A major advantage of working with a local textile supplier is that you can avoid dealing with customs and import/export regulations. When you work with a foreign company, you need to pay attention to the paperwork, which can be a difficult process if you are not familiar with it. In addition, this type of business tends to be handled by professional translators who often add another layer between your company and the supplier.

With a local supplier, there is no need for translators or interpretation because everything will be done in a home language. This means that when speaking with your supplier about details, like colour choices or deadlines, there’s more opportunity for discussion and complete understanding.

Fewer bureaucratic processes arise when you don’t have to deal with complicated foreign paperwork or the border authorities. All of these benefits result in lower costs involved when it comes to ordering, shipment and delivery. 

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Local textiles are more price competitive and affordable

A local supplier offers a competitive price due to the lack of import duties and taxes that need to be paid on top of the quoted price. When choosing an overseas supplier, the cost of shipping and importation can add tens of thousands of rands to your final cost.

When you work with a local manufacturer, you’re helping the South African economy by keeping business within their community instead of outsourcing everything overseas. The local textile industry is an important part of the community, so choose wisely when deciding on who will be your partner in this venture.

By choosing Romatex as your preferred textile supplier, you save time and money compared to importing your textiles from overseas. Local producers are generally more flexible in terms of delivery times and costs. For more information about our various products and textiles, please contact us today.


Romatex is a leading manufacturer and supplier of stitchbond and other textiles for the retail and hospitality sectors. Romatex is a Level 2 B-BBEE company that is owned by Deneb Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 


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