Discover Benelux | Dutch Industry and Innovation | Made in the Netherlands
Perfecting the classic jeans TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: TLP INTERNATIONAL, MIJNKIEK.NL
TLP International is a leading manufacturer of a large variety of jeans-processing products and textile auxiliaries. By providing tailor-made solutions for its global customer base and shining a bright light on social responsibility, sustainability and flexibility, the Dutch family company has been a trusted face in the industry for almost 30 years. Who does not have at least one pair of jeans in their closet? Beloved in every corner of the world, this piece of denim might be the most classic clothing item of all time. Yet a lot has to be done to get your jeans in the perfect state – that is where TLP International comes in. This company located in the south of the Netherlands produces the specialty chemicals that give jeans, garments and other textiles their fashionable look. TLP International works with a distributor network that operates in more than 20 countries all over the world and also delivers directly to its clients. “Our customers are mainly washing companies who work for the biggest labels in the world,” explains owner and founder Walter
Westendorp. “It is our job to be completely updated on what their customers and the market demands in terms of style and look. To constantly be on top of this, we naturally receive feedback from our clients, and combine that with our own insights and knowhow. Which products and designs are considered commercially feasible heavily depends on the type of company or label.”
ing water-saving measures, using green energy and producing CO2 neutral, we are now one of the frontrunners on sustainable production. We are more than aware of the environmental and social responsibility we carry as a company.”
TLP International’s development and production is done at its site in Tilburg, a city historically known as the country’s centre for textiles. The site boasts a laboratory and development centre, in which a team uses state-of-the-art technology and the most sophisticated innovations to reach an end-product of the highest quality. Many of TLP’s partners have been loyal customers for decades, whereby the tailor-made and flexible service is a decisive factor. Social responsibility and sustainability are essential values at the family company. “Before, the jeans-processing industry was considered to be very polluting,” says Mark Westendorp, Walter’s son who works as manager at TLP. “But through implement-
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