A Portuguese firm based through the pandemic started to provide in Guimarães, on the LEIPER manufacturing facility, heavy blankets composed of grains of handled glass sand that “cut back stress” and assist “battle muscle ache”, revealed one of many founders at this time.
Talking to Lusa, Ricardo Parreira, one of many founders of Blanky, defined at this time that the thought of exploring the marketplace for heavy blankets, “visually much like a comforter”, got here after Pedro Caseiro, additionally founding father of the corporate, had issue in to sleep.
“Pedro labored in London (United Kingdom), had some again ache and issue falling asleep on account of anxiousness and ‘stress’. It was then that he discovered the heavy blanket that allowed him to battle the ache he had and have higher hours of sleep ”, he stated.
In January, Ricardo Parreira and Pedro Caseiro began to discover the heavy blankets market, a product that’s nonetheless current available on the market, in addition to its growth and manufacturing course of and realized that “there was no unit in Europe with data and manufacturing capability to develop this textile ”.
“We realized that there was nothing like this in Portugal or Spain and began to analysis extra concerning the matter. In June, after we had probably the most exhaustive analysis accomplished, we began to develop the corporate. Essentially, we consider in our concept and it labored ”, he stated.
After the consolidated analysis, the founders confronted “further challenges”, not solely as a result of they launched a brand new product in occasions of pandemic, but in addition as a result of the textile business “was not conversant in the product”.
In keeping with Ricardo Parreira, heavy blankets are “visually similar to comforters”, and within the case of Blanky they’re made up of 300-thread cotton and grains of handled glass sand, a fabric that offers extra weight to this textile.
“From the start, we needed to provide in Portugal, however not one of the factories we visited have been conversant in – both with the product or with the manufacturing course of. Proper then, it was a problem ”, stated Ricardo, including that it was on the LEIPER manufacturing facility, in Guimarães, that they discovered the reply they anticipated.
Regardless of some “challenges” by way of manufacturing, the corporate from Guimarães “manages to provide six blankets per day, with a minimal of 120 items monthly”.
The target of the founders of Blanky is now to “optimize the manufacturing course of” in order that, “within the close to future, the effectivity of the plant will increase” and are capable of “considerably improve the common variety of heavy blankets”, which might fluctuate between the 4 and 15 kilos.