Diatex (Saint Genis Laval, Rhone Alpes, France), a manufacturer of engineering fabrics and supplier of peripheral equipment for molding, vacuum infusion and resin transfer molding (RTM), is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company also recently expanded, building new facilities that doubled its storage capacity and business office space. The return on investment was rapid and lucrative, as Diatex was able to win new export contracts in the wind energy sector by increasing its production rate.
In recent years, Diatex reports it has made efforts to develop close relationships with its partners, which have gradually become subcontractors or even full-fledged subsidiaries. Working closely in this way with its textile weaving and enhancement subsidiaries has enabled the company to integrate and oversee all of its textile industry players. A concern for environmental protection and human health has led Diatex and its subsidiaries to establish stringent measures to enforce REACH regulations. Energy constraints and treating the wastewater from fabric manufacturing are key concerns. Because it is located in a heavily chemical/textile industrial area, Diatex has a duty to be well-informed about the requirements of its industry, which is moving more and more towards Green Chemistry principles and practices.
In January 2011, Diatex renewed its ISO 9001 and EN 9100 certifications through Bureau Veritas. The company also obtained EN 9120 certification to meet the requirements of its aerospace customers. The scope of Diatex’s EN 9100 certification encompasses the design, manufacturing and distribution of engineered fabrics and support products for the engineering-textile and composite sectors for use in aviation, aerospace and defence applications.