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Castilla Textile: Four Decades of Adaptation and Innovation in the Textile Industry

Castilla Textile, a family-founded company established by Mr. David Villalobos’s parents 40 years ago, has navigated significant transformations in the ever-evolving textile industry. Initially gaining prominence in the 1980s and 1990s for their high-quality bedding products—quilts, bedspreads, and duvet covers—the company faced formidable challenges with the rise of imports from China and other Asian countries in the early 2000s.

“Facing intense competition from Asian imports around 2005, we had to pivot our business model,” Mr. David Villalobos explains. “We transitioned from bedding to fabric production, and eventually, to focusing solely on design, creating intricate collections for rolled fabrics.”

This strategic shift was essential for survival, especially given the high labor costs in Spain, which made maintaining large workforces financially challenging. Castilla Textile adapted by embracing rotary designs and prints, securing a place in international markets through prominent exhibitions like Heimtextil in Frankfurt and Deco Off in Paris. “Our success in rotary designs spanned from 2000 to 2015,” Mr. David Villalobos reflects.

The digital revolution in textile technology marked the next phase of the company’s evolution. Investing in their first digital printing machine in 2015, Castilla Textile has since expanded to six digital machines and developed comprehensive finishing facilities. “The textile industry demands constant innovation. Staying ahead of market trends is crucial,” Mr. David Villalobos emphasizes.

In alignment with global sustainability trends, Castilla Textile has incorporated recycled materials into their production process. Although recycled items are not their primary revenue source, they use recycled polyester from China and recycled yarns from Spanish suppliers for certain products.

The heart of Castilla Textile’s success lies in its design department, managed by Mr. David Villalobos’s mother and sister. “Our design philosophy prioritizes quality over quantity,” he explains. “With a team of eight designers, we ensure meticulous attention to detail and color accuracy, avoiding the pitfalls of mass-produced designs that saturate the market.”

Understanding market cycles is another key aspect of Castilla Textile’s strategy. “Market trends in textiles are cyclical,” Mr. David Villalobos notes. “While the Middle East was a major market for us eight years ago, today, Europe—particularly the UK—is our primary market. We’ve also seen significant growth in the US and Canada.”

To diversify and boost growth, Castilla Textile has expanded its product range in recent years to include ready-made items like cushions and tablecloths, resulting in a 30% increase in turnover. “These new ventures over the past three to four years have opened up exciting business opportunities,” Mr. David Villalobos states.

Castilla Textile’s journey epitomizes resilience and innovation. By continually adapting to market demands and technological advancements, the company has maintained its relevance and success in the global textile industry. “The textile business is challenging, constantly moving. Staying adaptable is key to thriving in this industry,” Mr. David Villalobos concludes.

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