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Top fashion clothing produced in Bulgaria’s most modern clothing production facility

Founded in 1953, Sportalm, a family-run company in Austria, produces high quality, fashionable clothing focusing on traditional costumes and ski wear.

In 1989, Sportalm began contract manufacturing with a Bulgarian partner in Madan, situated in the region of Smoljan. This Bulgarian company was privatized and fully acquired by Sportalm in 2003 and a new production facility was launched with 220 employees in two decrepit buildings.

In 2006, the decision was taken to build a completely new factory. This is the most state of-the-art facility of its kind in Bulgaria, covers 8,000 m2 and offers generous common areas and complete air conditioning for about 500 employees. A network of 14 busses ensures the transport of the staff between the site and their homes.

By 2010, the production capacity had been expanded and a separate CAD-division was opened for the design and development of new collections.

Besides production in Madan, Sportalm also collaborates with 24 contract manufacturers in the region, which brings the number of people working for them up to about 1,000. The Austrian company not only delivers raw materials and semi-manufactured products to its local partners but also provides technical consulting and training.

Madan is an independent entity with a separate balance sheet, treading its own successful path. The management board consists of one Bulgarian and two Austrian managers.