Hellenic Trading was established in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1964. Ilias Manganas, who many consider to be one of the leading figures in starting the apparel trade with Asia, named the company ‘Hellenic’ as a tribute to this motherland of Greece.
In the commencing decades Hellenic went from strength to strength and became one of the leading importers serving the Scandinavian market. In the 80’s Hellenic was importing from a number of Asian countries including: Thailand, Sri Lanka, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, China and Hong Kong. In the 90’s this situation changed to concentrate more on fewer countries with the leaders being China , Bangladesh and India.
Moving into the new millennia the market demands urged Hellenic to offer a shorter chain between the customer and the production units. Customers could now be offered a way of working specific to their needs. Hellenic could serve in the capacity of a traditional importer or a dynamic hybrid with the creative elements of an importer but the price structure of a direct supplier.
In 2007 and 2009 companies were established in Qingdao, China, in Hong Kong and in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In Qingdao and Dhaka the offices are in partnership with local entrepreneurs; and Hong Kong deals with all economic matters for these two companies. The strength of this business concept stems from the combination of local professionalism and western thinking. The success of this business model has been proved by the confidence and satisfaction of customers.
Hellenic Group currently has 65 employees globally with total turnover of US$50 million.
Both the past and our visionary creativity has prepared Hellenic to adapt to global market condition and emerge more capable of fulfilling customer needs. Bring on the future, Hellenic is ready!
Design and Development
Our creative team keeps abreast of the latest fashion trends by travelling the globe. Trend boards are prepared and discussed in pre-collection meetings with customers. We innovate with yarns and fabrics to develop new products.
Using these market trends and our own innovations, a seasonal collection is prepared to be viewed and adapted to customer needs. Development samples are also prepared according to customers own design and specifications.
At the time of order placement we select production units that fit the customer’s quality level, cost and compliance demands.
Regarding production planning and order follow-up we have installed a software program for the TNA (time and action plan), which means merchandisers and management can follow every stage of production and apprehend problems before they arise.
Merchandising is the link that will transform the customer’s requirements into reality. Our aim is timely and accurate communication to ensure smooth execution. The mantra for our merchandising teams is: follow-up follow-up follow-up!
Before start of production our Quality Assurance Team under the guidance of the Technical Advisor ensures accurate pre-production processes are followed. After the start of production our Quality Control Team under the guidance of our Quality Control Manger ensures the product quality is maintained. The quality of our work process and service is ensured by following a Quality Management System as prescribed by the ISO 9001 standard.
We produce for ladies, mens and childrens for the following products:
- Denim and Non-denim Bottoms
We always combine fashion with ethics, environment, social responsibility and human rights. Our company in Dhaka is ISO 14001 certified which means they have a Environmental Management Policy and are conscious of their impact on the environment and how to reduce this. We are participant of BSCI and in our branches we have CSR departments who are responsible in following up the social compliance commitments of factories. We are also members of the Swedish Chemicals Group and are always up to date on information on authorization and restrictions of substances used in textile and leather processes and products. Our production units in Bangladesh have been audited though Accord and have proved their commitment by flowing remediation requirements as necessary.
436 55 Hovås
Contact: Catrin Björk Elenore Neem Ellinor Blixman Ann-Sofie Skoglund Lotta Nordbye Mats Granér Victoria Lipnell Ulrika Aronsson Elisabeth Andersson Kristina Carlsson
Business Development Manager
Sales & Team leader
Knit, Jersey, Woven, Underwear & Active wear
Sales & Team leader
Shirts, Gloves & Accessories
Sales & Team leader
Hellenic International (Bangladesh) Ltd
House 17, Road 113/A, 10th Floor