11/03/2021 – Honduras — auf Deutsch lesen

Coats Digital: Elcatex Group implements GSDCost

The target is to optimise garment costings, reach manufacturing excellence and improve future commercial resilience post Covid-19 crisis.


As part of their innovation strategy, Elcatex made the decision to digitize their garment costing process and standardise their operation in order to reach optimal costing and achieve a high level of manufacturing excellence. © Coats Digital


The vertically-integrated manufacturer from Honduras chose GSDCost to quantify and optimise manufacturing methods and garment costing, as a part of its Sustainability and Innovation Strategy, and to emerge stronger as the industry navigates the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Founded in 1984 and spread across an area of 500,000 sq. ft, the Elcatex Group is the largest vertically integrated knitwear manufacturer within the CAM region, with a weekly production capacity of 2 million garments. The group produces a wide range of garments including basic t-shirts, polo pique shirts, lingerie and sweatshirts, catering to major brands such as such as JC Penney, SanMar, Nordstrom, Dickies and HBI.

Elcatex Group is committed to continuous innovation and is a pioneer in energy generation through renewable processes in the CAM region. In 2016, Elcatex Group inaugurated a new 43 MW biomass power plant for its San Pedro Sula facility, and third-party manufacturers, with an aim to tackle Honduras’ power shortages. The group has also increased the potential of its operation by embracing new opportunities along with a sustainable production process, and strategic partnerships with vendors and customers.

  • As part of their innovation strategy, Elcatex made the decision to digitize their garment costing process and standardise their operation in order to reach optimal costing and achieve a high level of manufacturing excellence.

A step towards digitization

Considering the wide range of products manufactured in the factory, it is important for Elcatex to have accurate and consistent information within their business in order to make critical decisions related to time, cost, capacity and compliance. This is even more important as the global fashion supply chain resurfaces from the large-scale shutdowns enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Orestes Tosta, GSDCost Lead at Elcatex:

“We wanted to set accurate and achievable production goals for our manufacturing facility while also ensuring increased efficiency. This was hard to achieve without a reliable and scientific method database for production. The absence of accurate manufacturing standard and methodology also led to inaccurate product and labour costing. Additionally, it was difficult to improve on the current production methods and reduce wastage in the process.”

  • In January 2020, Elcatex selected GSDCost, Coats Digital’s fact-based garment costing and method standardisation solution, to implement in the industrial engineering department of one of its manufacturing facilities.

  • GSDCost is the only globally acknowledged time-cost manufacturing standard for apparel brands and manufacturers. It is designed to help establish and optimise standard production time, using standard motion codes and predetermined times.

Georgina Vazquez– Project Manager at Coats Digital:

“I’m certain that with the help of GSDCost, Elcatex Group will be able to set meaningful production targets and arrive at accurate costing for their products in less time.”

  • In the first phase of the GSDCost training, the team at Elcatex were taught how to combine the accuracy of the GSD methodology with the GSDCost software application. The team were firstly guided through the various levels and applications of the GSDCost Pre-determined Time System (PTS) which forms the basis of GSDCost motion codes and sequences. They were then provided with hands-on training in the user interface and features of the GSDCost software.

  • To apply the newly learned skills in a working environment, the participants were taken to the factory floor where they analysed a core style under the guidance of the GSDCost Project Manager Georgina Vazquez.

Core style analysis

The core style chosen for analysis by the GSDCost team at Elcatex was a fleece sweatshirt, which led to the foundation of the GSD database for the factory. The idea was to identify the variability in the previous time standards used by the factory and demonstrate how GSDCost can be used to improve overall efficiency and productivity. Elcatex estimates they will see a productivity increase of 15 percent in the production of core style, as a result of the implementation of GSDCost and optimisation manufacturing methods.

In the next phase of GSDCost training, the project manager will audit the factory to evaluate the GSD data created by the Elcatex team to ensure that the solution is being implemented correctly and optimal results are achieved.

Rafael Soto, Manufacturing Director at Elcatex:

“With the advent of Covid-19, our company had to quickly redirect its resources to the production of personal protective equipment like masks and gowns. Under such pressure and even shorter lead-times, GSDCost helped us to quickly and accurately arrive at optimal garment costing for our products.”

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  • Elcatex is a leading business in the textile sector in Honduras. The group began its operations in 1984 with an aim to establish an integrated textile center in Honduras, which would offer high quality products for both the national and international markets. Since then, the operations have undoubtedly developed, increasing its potential, and adopting new options and opportunities, along with a sustainable production process, innovation, and strategic alliances with vendors and customers. The customer base includes well-known brands such as JC Penney, SanMar, Nordstrom, Dickies and HBI, and the product range includes basic t-shirts, underwear programs, fleece hoodie with zipper, piqué polo shirts for men, women.

  • Coats Digital empowers the fashion supply chain through a digital ecosystem of connected intelligent applications embedded with deep industry expertise. These connected intelligent applications optimise end to end processes, connect people and accelerate design, development, costing, sourcing and manufacturing.

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