INTEGRATED
BEDDING

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There is growing evidence globally that links good-quality sleep to improved health and wellness which, in turn, leads to an improved lifestyle. This trend supports the continued growth of the sleep sector, which has historically proved to be very resilient through economic cycles.

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INTEGRATED
BEDDING

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There is growing evidence globally that links good-quality sleep to improved health and wellness which, in turn, leads to an improved lifestyle. This trend supports the continued growth of the sleep sector, which has historically proved to be very resilient through economic cycles.

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2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Restonic awarded the Most Innovative Supplier by a large retailer

Acquired Connacher, a textile recycling company

Deslee Mattex launched several new innovative products onto the South African market

Deslee Mattex launched an On Demand range of fabrics – reducing lead time and improving supply chain efficiencies

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30%
of raw material used in
mattress production is
from recycled materials
6 816
tonnes of foam produced
per annum
6.9 million
linear metres of fabric
produced per annum

PRODUCTS

Bedding
Mattresses and base sets

Foam and related products
Flexible polyurethane foam, expanded polyethylene and fibre products for various industrial applications

Mattress ticking
Knitted and woven fabrics for use in the mattress industry

Non-woven spunbond
Various products for household and industry use

Recycled products
Textile waste converted into fibres primarily used in the bedding, automotive and building industries

706 079
bedding units produced
per annum
1 917
tonnes of non-woven textiles
produced per annum

PRODUCTS

Bedding
Mattresses and base sets

Foam and related products
Flexible polyurethane foam, expanded polyethylene and fibre products for various industrial applications

Mattress ticking
Knitted and woven fabrics for use in the mattress industry

Non-woven spunbond
Various products for household and industry use

Recycled products
Textile waste converted into fibres primarily used in the bedding, automotive and building industries

30%
of raw material used in
mattress production is
from recycled materials
6 816
tonnes of foam produced
per annum
706 079
bedding units produced
per annum
6.9 million
linear metres of fabric
produced per annum
1 917
tonnes of non-woven textiles
produced per annum

‘Our purpose is to help people live healthier lifestyles through better sleep.’

– Mike Metz

‘Our purpose is to help people live healthier lifestyles through better sleep.’

– Mike Metz

Michael Metz, CEO | Integrated Bedding

Michael studied furniture design at Wits Technikon, but being an entrepreneur at heart, he entered the furniture manufacturing sector in 1980 when he acquired a small factory. Metz Bedding was established in 1981, followed by the opening of Metz Transport and Metz Industrial Holdings in 1982. By 1989, the company turned its focus specifically to bedding and this led to the divestment of Metz Furniture and the establishment of Basemakers and Bedding Component Manufacturers. International Wire Convertors and Buffalo Freight Systems were established in 1999 and Buffalo Textiles in 2002. Following the acquisition of the Metz Bedding Group by KAP, Michael was appointed as the executive of KAP’s Integrated Bedding division in January 2015.

In the South African context, a bed is often the first item of furniture that a person buys. South Africa has a young population, with 46% under the age of 24, who are increasingly focused on wellness and lifestyle. They are being accelerated into the workplace through B-BBEE and youth development programmes. These trends, coupled with a repeat customer base that is brand loyal, will support the long-term growth prospects of the Integrated Bedding division.

The Integrated Bedding division consists of the Restonic, Vitafoam, Deslee Mattex, Vitatex and Connacher operations. These operations continuously focus on innovation in order to improve both our product and service offerings to customers and consumers, and on investing in new technology processes in order to strengthen our competitive advantage and grow our market share.

Product innovation drives growth

The Integrated Bedding division manufactures flexible polyurethane foam, rebonded foam, expanded polyethylene (‘EPE’), knitted and woven fabrics, non-woven textiles, springs, bed bases, plastic injection moulded components, branded mattresses and recycled textile products.

In the past year, Deslee Mattex, which is a joint venture with BekaertDeslee, a leading global mattress fabric supplier, launched several new innovative products onto the South African market. The SEAQUAL™ fabric range is an initiative to assist with an ocean clean-up programme. Through an innovative process, plastic waste found in the ocean is recycled into yarns, which are woven into luxurious mattress fabrics.
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In addition, Deslee Mattex also launched an On Demand range of fabrics, which reduces lead time and improves supply chain efficiencies for both Deslee Mattex and our customers.

Vitafoam is a member of Proudly South African, and is the only SABS certified manufacturer of polyurethane foam in South Africa. Vitafoam services primarily the furniture industry. In addition to supplying our product range of non-woven textiles to the furniture industry, we have diversified into supplying products for the agricultural and hygiene industries. Both represent future growth prospects.

Restonic has the largest mattress manufacturing footprint in southern Africa, operating out of five strategic locations. We are the only fully vertically integrated, national manufacturer with decades of industry experience and the latest mattress assembly technology. Restonic has the ability to respond quickly to consumer demand, and design and engineer products exclusively for our retail customers.

The bedding retailers often require exclusive ranges designed and engineered for their customer base at specific retail price points.

We are very proud that Restonic was awarded the Most Innovative Supplier Award by one of South Africa’s largest retail chains during the year.

Technology and national footprint support retail promotional campaigns

The bedding category continues to prove resilient within the global furniture retail sector. This has supported the retailers’ growth of speciality bedding retail outlets. Retailers have continued to increase the scale and frequency of their promotional campaigns in order to attract consumers. This trend has been mirrored in the South African context.

Our investment in world-class mattress assembly equipment creates a unique position for us to manage the demand peaks created by increasing retail promotional activities.

In addition, using our national footprint, Restonic is able to manufacture and supply branded products nationally, which improves lead times and reduces logistics costs. Investment in logistics assets has significantly improved customer service, especially during promotional peaks.

Reduced waste and increased recycled content

We manufacture 90% of the components required in the assembly of our products. This includes the bases, legs, insulation pads and springs.

With Restonic’s zero waste policy and motto of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, we are committed to eliminating waste and recycling in order to reduce raw material costs and to creating a brand of mattresses that is environmentally conscious and sustainable.
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During the year, the Integrated Bedding division acquired Connacher, a textile recycling company that collects the waste from the clothing and textile industry and processes it into reusable fibre. The reusable fibre is used in the manufacture of mattresses and also supplies KAP’s automotive operations and various other industries. Over 9 600 tonnes of textiles were recycled during the past year. Watch

Brand creates demand

Restonic manufactures house brands for its retail customers, as well as its own brand of mattresses, such as Genessi, Green Coil and Restonic. The Restonic brand has been in existence since 1938 and is marketed through various media. Watch

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