Why a factory visit is good for purchasing managers

Securing the best materials that meet their particular demands is always the top priority for purchasing managers in charge of sourcing textiles, whether for retail stores or hospitality businesses. Before making any significant purchasing decisions, one of the best methods to guarantee this is to do a factory visit of the textile manufacturer and buy some real samples. 

Purchasing managers are encouraged to visit the Romatex factory before deciding whether to work with us. Romatex is a renowned textile manufacturer and supplier in South Africa, producing stitchbond, bed linen, duvets, mattress protectors and other textiles at its state-of-the-art facility in Cape Town. 

We hold a strong commitment to quality and customer service. We have established ourselves as a trusted textile supplier throughout the country. By visiting our manufacturing facility and holding samples in your hand, you can ascertain the quality of our products for yourself.

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The benefits of a factory visit

Visiting a textile manufacturing facility like Romatex is an excellent way for purchasing managers to obtain first-hand knowledge of the production process, the work environment and the general functionality of the facility. It allows you to see the production process in real-time and to visualise the complete manufacturing process from start to finish. 

This knowledge is essential for learning about the types of technologies employed, the factory’s manufacturing capabilities and the production standards. It also allows you to assess the quality of the products before committing to a purchase order.

A crucial step in the production of textiles is quality control. Purchasing managers can evaluate how Romatex adheres to rigorous quality control processes during a factory visit. This allows you to ensure that the finished product will fulfil the necessary criteria.

A factory visit will allow you to assess the company culture of your manufacturer. If your business has certain sustainability goals and supplier criteria that must be met, then you will be able to see first-hand what the corporate culture is like at your chosen manufacturer’s facility. Higher-quality products and more reliable business partnerships are frequently the results of ethical workplace cultures.

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Why buy samples before ordering

Holding a real sample in your hands is the best way to confirm a textile’s quality, texture, durability and general feel. It allows you to closely examine the product’s quality and check the feel of the fabric. 

Each business has specific needs for its textiles. Samples enable purchasing managers to decide with certainty whether the fabric will meet the unique requirements of their retail outlets or hospitality businesses. Usability, colour, pattern, texture and other elements can all be successfully assessed through a physical sample.

Lastly, buying a sample before placing an order greatly lowers the possibility that you’ll acquire a bulk quantity of textiles that are unsatisfactory for your business. This step helps avoid the costly error of placing huge purchases that later turn out to be inadequate or unwanted.

A good bargain is only one aspect of a successful procurement. It’s crucial for purchasing managers to have a thorough understanding of the items they’re sourcing as well as the manufacturing process behind these products. Before placing an order, take the effort to tour our facility and ask for samples so that you can make an informed decision. 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). 

Our head office is based in Cape Town but we have branches in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Free State. For more information about our products, please contact Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram for our latest news and industry insights.

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