We genuinely care about our customers – we are service minded, listen actively, keep our promises, follow up and are pro-active in our communication.
ServicesDevelopment, purchasing, cutting, sewing, logistical solutions, advanced research and development
Head officeTallinn, Estonia / Alen, Norway
Ownership100% Norwegian, family owned
ManagementScandinavian / Estonian
Founded2007 (Protex AS 1966)
Number of Employees243
CustomersMainly Scandinavian high-quality brands
Production sitesTallinn & Pärnu
CertificatesISO 9001:2008, Eco Lighthouse
Sustainability and Corporate responsibility policyYes
To be Northern Europe's leading innovation driver and supplier of advanced textile solutions through the creation of a innovative, pro-active and learning organization.
We genuinely care about our customers – we are service minded from first contact, we listen actively, keep our promises, follow up and are pro-active in our communication.
Every day we strive for client satisfaction and as a team we are committed to deliver quality in time throughout the full value chain.
We always ask ourselves what can be better done tomorrow and how to improve the client experience through continous improvement of processes, technology and expertize of our employees.
High integrity is at the very core of our business, no matter if it is how we interact with customers, what suppliers we use or how we treat our employees, environment or our impact on society in general. We are proud over our factories and our clients are welcome to have a tour through our departments anytime they like.
"It is not about having ideas – it is about making ideas happen". That was the motto of David Engan when he founded Protex AS in 1961. More than five decades after and several hundreds employees later David visits all sites on regular basis to make sure that we still live and breath the motto of making Protex and our customers ideas happen. In other words, making things happen is in our DNA.
Protex has a long history of successful change and innovation, adapting to shifts in markets and technologies.
Protex history dates back to 1966, when then the 24 year young and eager entrepreneur David Engan became owner of a small firm named Trønderplast in Alen village, Norway.
David's motto has always been "It is not about having ideas – it is about making ideas happen". Suitable to given nature and the surrounding mountains of North-Western Norway, the company started to produce outdoor wear and tents. Through strong entrepreneurial drive and determination David made his ideas happen and three decades later the small family company had a big circle of loyal customers, more than 50 employees and had changed the name to Protex.
In 2002, after almost four decades of "making ideas happen" in Protex, David gave place for a new generation as he wrote over his company to his daughters Margrethe, Marie and Gunhild. Even though David has left his active role in Protex, he still visits all Protex sites on regular basis to make sure that we still live and breath the motto of making Protex and our customers ideas happen.
Today Protex is a trusted textile service provider to the Scandinavian market and is still managed within the Engan family. Even though the company now has several hundreds employees, has the commitment and personal care for customers, cooperation partners and employees has remained at same high level.
The vision of Protex is to be the top textile service provider in Northern Europe. Beside its activities in traditional textile manufacturing, Protex has successfully positioned itself as an innovation driver and partner in the development of tomorrow's smart textile solutions.
Every day we strive for excellence in our operations and in our partnership with clients. Below are the most important reasons our clients stay with us:
As a Norwegian owned enterprise, we know what our Scandinavian clients mean with quality. Today we have the privilege to work with top quality brands from Northern Europe that every day inspires us to strive for excellence. Our clients would not accept less and neither would we.
Our clients act on a highly competitive market where leadtimes and flexibility are part of the fundamentals. Therefore we are committed to offer our customers the most modern technologies on the market. The production flow in our factories is based on the LEAN principles to ensure flexibility in batches and high efficiency flow.
We understand the value of our customers' intellectual property. When entering a new partnership we offer our clients to sign a ready made "non disclosure agreement" (NDA) with us.
Further on, we are committed to being a responsible partner in what suppliers we use, how we treat our employees, environment or our impact on society in general. We are proud over our factories and our clients are welcome to have a tour through our departments anytime they like.
We can proudly say that our production and service departments are internationally approved with following well-known certificates:
ISO 9001:2008 sets basic requirements for the international quality management systems standards, demonstrating that Protex has installed management systems that fulfill given promises. In addition to the certification audits, we annually invite external auditors to monitor our system to make sure it's well implemented and corresponds to the developing needs of our customers.
The leading Norwegian certification for Environmental responsibility
Eco-Lighthouse is Norway's most widely used certification scheme for enterprises seeking to document their environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility.