A Portuguese firm based in the course of the pandemic started to provide in Guimarães, on the LEIPER manufacturing unit, heavy blankets composed of grains of handled glass sand that “scale back stress” and assist “combat muscle ache”, revealed one of many founders as we speak.
Chatting with Lusa, Ricardo Parreira, one of many founders of Blanky, defined as we speak that the thought of exploring the marketplace for heavy blankets, “visually just 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 resulting from nervousness and ‘stress’. It was then that he discovered the heavy blanket that allowed him to combat the ache he had and have higher hours of sleep ”, he mentioned.
In January, Ricardo Parreira and Pedro Caseiro began to discover the heavy blankets market, a product that’s nonetheless current in the marketplace, in addition to its improvement and manufacturing course of and realized that “there was no unit in Europe with information and manufacturing capability to develop this textile ”.
“We realized that there was nothing like this in Portugal or Spain and began to analysis extra in regards to the subject. In June, after we had probably the most exhaustive analysis achieved, we began to develop the corporate. Essentially, we consider in our thought and it labored ”, he mentioned.
After the consolidated analysis, the founders confronted “additional challenges”, not solely as a result of they launched a brand new product in occasions of pandemic, but additionally as a result of the textile business “was not accustomed to the product”.
In response to 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 further weight to this textile.
“From the start, we needed to provide in Portugal, however not one of the factories we visited had been accustomed to – both with the product or with the manufacturing course of. Proper then, it was a problem ”, mentioned Ricardo, including that it was on the LEIPER manufacturing unit, 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 typical variety of heavy blankets”, which may range between the 4 and 15 kilos.