Citel is a family-owned & managed company with a long tradition in the textile industry, dating back to its founding in 1875. Now in its sixth generation, the family continues to bank on quality and innovation to remain market leader.
We manufacture specialized technical fabrics for solar protection and we are vertically integrated, which allows us to control all stages of the manufacturing process, from spinning to finishing.
Also, this enables us to control and ensure the highest quality of our fabrics. We are not delocalised like many other companies in our sector. Our solar protection fabrics are manufactured in Spain.
Our fabrics are manufactured to achieve an unbeatable quality, resistance and durability. Every item manufactured is meticulously analysed to ensure that it meets the highest quality standards that our clients expect. This allows us to successfully export our products to more than 50 countries, obtaining distributors’ loyalty and ensuring that our fabrics are available in the majority of the developed world.
Innovation and modernity are in need of regulation from different industrial sectors to ensure product reliability.
It is for this reason that, since 2006, there is an European standard that regulates all the components of the awning, including solar protection fabrics: UNE-EN 13561 (CE mark).
In line with our continuous efforts to improve, our fabrics comply with this standard, as well as with the different national regulations in force in the countries to which we export. This reinforces our position on the quality and high level of service that we offer our clients. Quality controls are carried out in strict compliance with the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2005 standard.
In 1996, Citel obtained ISO 9001 Certifi cation, which has since then been maintained and also extended to the rest of the companies within our group. This certifi cation grants our company the recognition for excellent quality and safety standards.
Process, quality and warranty
Citel’s vertical manufacturing process allows us to control the quality of our products in our own facilities, from the fi bres to the finished fabrics.
Before spinning begins, we ensure that the fibre meets all warranty requirements in order to manufacture a high quality thread, which is the key to the fabric.
All of our raw materials undergo the strictest quality control testing in our laboratory.
During the turning process, tests are made to avoid any issues in the arrangement of the threads, as designed.
The fabrics are continually revised at the mills to ensure that they comply with all user needs.
In the finishing & final inspection process, we use cutting-edge technology to ensure that the fabric quality has the same properties and complies with the required specifi cations from the fi rst metre to the last.
The final visual inspection, performed on all fabrics on both sides, ensures that our clients receive a fabric free of any defects.
The data collected throughout the manufacturing process and the final quality controls allow us to make constant improvements across all of our range.
With our young and innovative team, Citel is committed to protecting the environment and measures our environmental impact so that it can be minimized.
Managing and reusing water for textile finishes, using recycling systems for raw materials waste and making investments to reduce smoke emissions: these are just a few of the commitments we have made.
In recent years, by closely cooperating with our raw materials suppliers, we have reduced the level of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in fabrics to nearly undetectable amounts.
At Citel, because of our concern about protecting the environment, we have decided to eliminate all forms of risk.
To achieve this goal, since 2012 we have reduced the level of PFOA (perfluoroctanic acid) to less than 20 ppb, an almost negligible amount of C8 and C6 fluorocarbons.
Due to our commitment to our users and the environment, we continue to research new products so that we can remove the PFOA in our fabrics once and for all.