Profile of Grupo Carolina, Mexico : Manufacturer of Industrial Protective Fabrics

Grupo Carolina is one of only a handful of companies on the American continent that produces protective fabrics for the industrial sector. Of its annual output, 40% goes to the US, 30% to South America and the remainder is sold on the domestic market. The Carolina is a 100% Mexican company that offers variety and innovation in textiles: • Trenches 100% cotton and blends • 100% cotton satins and mixtures • antistatic fabrics with brand Carostat • flame retardant with our brand Fireproof.

“Very few [companies] in the world have technology like ours,” says New Businesses Director Diego Fuentes Quintana, referring to the technology Grupo Carolina has developed to make cotton resistant to high temperatures and certain industrial processes. According to Fuentes Quintana : “There are only three of us on the American continent: two in the US and ourselves, in Mexico. We began developing this technology in 2006 and have been exporting to the US for three years now.”

1-13-12013-01-12_152014“The advantage of this fabric is that it more than meets safety standards from a technological standpoint; also, it is combined with a widely used fiber like cotton, which provides comfort and durability.” Founded in 1845 in Salvatierra, in the Central-Western Mexican state of Guanajuato, Grupo Carolina started out as a cotton factory called La Perla. In 1865, it was renamed La Reforma and in 1960 it was taken over by a consortium of industrialists, who changed its name again, this time to La Carolina y Reforma.

Finally, in August 1992, it was merged with La Marina, a leading industrial textile group on the Mexican market. Since 2009, Grupo Carolina’s operations and 700 employees have been spread among three divisions: protective and industrial textiles and clothing. The latter is more focused on the domestic market, whereas the former two have positioned the company on the global market.

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