Fabric sourcing is central to Pedrosa & Rodrigues, S.A.´s operation. We focus on controlling Costs, Quality and Lead Times, in order to guarantee that sampling and bulk production are as streamlined as possible. Our goal is to anticipate the sourcing and approval processes as much as possible, keeping the widest range of options open. This way, our production management can best decide when to carry out the following production stages.
Pedrosa & Rodrigues, S.A. sources both in Portugal (mainly) and worldwide, pending a case by case analysis.
All the fabric sourcing processes are linked with our critical path management, quality protocol and coordination systems.
Pedrosa & Rodrigues, S.A. pioneered the implementation of automated cutting technology back in the 1980s. Since then we have continuously updated our machinery in order to obtain the most precise results in cutting (see technology for more details).
All the cutting – manual and automatic - is takes place internally.
The sewing stage poses three different possibilities: internal sewing, subcontracted sewing in Portugal and subcontracted sewing in Morocco.
Internal sewing is carried out within Pedrosa & Rodrigues, S.A.´s headquarters and is destined for sample production, small bulk productions and exceptionally challenging manufacturing/sewing operations.
Our local sewing subcontractors consist of small companies located in the vicinity of Pedrosa & Rodrigues, S.A.'s headquarters, and in most cases they collaborate exclusively with us in a mutually beneficial partnership. All the information on our subcontractors is available to our Clients, who can be informed of which subcontractor is sewing their order at any given time.
The sewing subcontractors in Morocco are larger factories with extensive sewing lines, located near Rabat. The way we operate with out Moroccan subcontractors is very similar to our relationship with a local sewing partner, both in terms of proximity and procedures.