Duraflex, the world's leading brand in plastic buckles & accessories for the outdoor sporting goods industry, was founded by Joseph Anscher with the passion in bringing the most functional and reliable accessories to the backpack market.
Over the years, Duraflex has grown from a single factory in the United States, to now operating factories worldwide, in US, Italy, China, and Vietnam. We stay close with our customers in providing local manufacturing as well as local support, wherever & whenever we are needed.
As the brand grows, so have our product offerings. With the completion of a major expansion in 2007, the brand now includes product offerings from the original plastic buckles, to metal snaps, grommets, zipper pullers, cord locks, labels,and so on. Duraflex, now covering almost all the trims & accessories for the sporting goods industry, can offer the most complete line of trims the customer needs, whether it's for backpack, apparel, golf bag, stroller, military,and so on.
Also with our worldwide network of professionals, we are able to offer you easy & convenient contacts locally, no matter where you are. Whether you just need a quick info on one trim, or want to develop an entire new line of trims for your products, we are there to help. Just give us a call or drop us a line, we'll have local contacts for your convenience, but with the backup of worldwide engineering and production knowledge as support. So you get the best of everything – local contact, worldwide expertise.
bluesign® is currently the most widely accepted certification in the outdoor industry. Founded in 2000 in Switzerland, bluesign® has for two decades represented a low-pollution textile industry, environmentally friendly production, and a cautious approach to the use of resources. Its five principles: "Resource Productivity, Consumer Safety, Air Emission, Water Emission, Occupational Health & Safety", covering all aspects of manufacturing and operation management, supporting the holistic system from planning to implementation, then to realization, then focusing on input stream control, and driving continuous improvement. In 2010, Duraflex Group became the first certified trim industry system partner of bluesign®. Since then Duraflex Group has certified all its production sites, even covering the metal surface treatment supplier. The effort and performance of Duraflex Group on implementing bluesign® system has been recognized by many brands, as well has been featured by bluesign®'.
Our first production site in Shenzhen, China, was setup back in 1992. This production complex covers a surface area of about 24,680 square meters with 28,000 square meters of building areas. This is where everything started back then, and is still our primary production site until today. We have all our major processes - plastic injection, brass stamping, and mould making, under one roof here. Today, we are on our way of implementing & re-inventing the entire site with the newest automation & digitalisation technology. We are in the process of developing an entirely automated production facility that is suitable for the future of the industry and a model for our global communities.
Our Shanghai factory was setup back in the early 2000s’ to fulfil the needs of our customers in the northern regions of China. We planned this production site to be specialized on the plastic injection & mould making processes. As a result, this is also where we test the newest, state-of-the-art machineries & supporting equipments. It plays an important role in our R&D processes in testing & evolving new ideas, before we realize them into our other production sites worldwide. With this facility, we are also testing our entrance into other industries. Bringing our specialties into more areas where we might bring a better value to the community.
The Vietnam factory was setup in 2009 by popular demand from our global community. It’s located in the Ho Chi Minh area, serving the Southeast production region. It started on a small 5,000 square meters lot with only our plastic injection process. But quickly doubled into 10,000 square meters within 2-3 years of establishment. As of 2020, it’s expanded into 15,000 square meters with both plastic injection & metal manufacturing processes. We will continue to expand globally to serve our customers where they need us, while making sure that our current operations are sustainable during the process as we are here for the long run.
This factory is setup back in 2005 to be the “playground” of our R&D. The goal of setting up this facility is to brings new technologies into our processes. With this facility, we have started numerous new processes that complement our plastic injection products. We have also started both Aluminium stamping & die-casting processes, as well as Zinc die-casting. We are continuing our adventures into newest technologies & processes here, especially in the area of developing newest sustainable materials that are either from eco-friendly origins or recycled.
Our Italy factory is located in Turin, the heart of the region’s industrial centre. It was started back in the 1960s, producing for the general industry sector in the early decades of its formation. In the 1990s, it started producing and supplying the European sporting goods industry, providing buckles, adjustment systems, and even entire helmet shells. In the early 2000s, it was also certified for ISO TS16949, which paved the entry to go into the demanding automotive industry of the region. Today, it focuses on a duel specialization strategy where it operates equally in the Sporting Goods & Automotive industry, bringing our expertises in the two sectors to each other. We work with our Automotive customers with the fast-changing innovative mindsets of the Sporting industry. At the same time, we bring the high demands for reliability of the Automotive industry to our Sporting goods customers. It’s proven to be the best for the two worlds.
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