About us

CENTROCOT: 30 years of activity at the service of the textile and clothing

Established in 1987

Established in Busto Arsizio – Varese – on 7th October 1987 by entrepreneurial associations, trade associations, trade unions, public bodies and the credit institutions spread all around the territory, Centro Tessile Cotoniero e Abbigliamento S.p.A. – in short Centrocot – was founded out of the need to support the companies that make up the whole chain in the Textile and Clothing segment, by providing highly specialized services, from traditional to technical textiles.
With over 100 employees in staff, Centrocot offers highly qualified resources who can perform technical activities as regards testing, research, technical support, experimentation, and training.

The Laboratory over the years has received numerous awards, as reported is below:

1990 Registration on the Public / Private External highly qualified Laboratories Italian Register, Law n. 46 of the 17/2/1982, with authorization by D.M. 26/5/1990 – G.U.R.I. nr. 125 31/5/90

1992 Accredited laboratory ACCREDIA nr. 0033 in compliance with UNI CEI EN 45001 standard and UNI EN ISO serie 9000 standard
2002 Accredited laboratory in compliance with UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025/2000 standard
2006 Member of network of laboratories of the Chambers of Commerce – Retelab

2011 Spectral reflectance accredited laboratory (LAT 226) by ACCREDIA for calibration of instruments and reference materials for color measurements

1996 Authorization by the Italian Ministries of Industry, Trade, Handcraft and of Labour to release CE conformity certifications and certificates for garments and gloves for personnel protection and related notification EEC nr. 0624 (Renewal and extension:2000, 2006, 2013)

2001 Member of The International Testing Association for Applied UV Protection to release the certification according to UV 801 Standard.

2013 Accredited by ACCREDIA (Accreditation Certificate nr. 163B) in accordance with standard EN 45011 Ed 1999 as a Product Certification Body, confirmed the authorization to issue Certificates EC Type for Personal Protective Equipment in accordance with Art. 10 of the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC and its control of production according to Article 11 A and 11 B of the same Directive. 2015 according to UNI CEI ISO/IEC 17065:2012(transition to the new legislation).

2013 Centrocot is recognized by CIK-FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, Karting section) and authorized to conduct all the tests for the purpose of the homologation of suits for kart in accordance with the new CIK-FIA N2013 Regulation.

2014 Centrocot is recognized by FIA – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile – and authorized to conduct all the tests for the purpose of the homologation of suits, undergarments, gloves and shoes in accordance with the FIA Standard 8856-2000

1994 Member of Oeko-Tex International Association, International Association for Research and Test in the field of the Textile ecology, in order to release Oeko-Tex® Standard certifications:
– Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
– STeP by OEKO-TEX® for sustainable textile production. (since 2013)

2008 Recognition as an accredited inspection structure to carry out compliance audits with the requirements of “STV” Voluntary Traceability “TF System – Traceability & Fashion [renewal : 2013]

1989 Registration on the Italian National Register of Research cod. E019OYZ7

1995 Member of the international association Textranet – Textile Transfer Network

2005 Registration on “QuESTIO” Register – Region Lombardy – ID CRTT 3329, assessment system of R&D and Technological Transfer Centres (annual renewal)

2002 Accredited by Lombardy Region as vocational training and orientation Center (DM n. 166 of 25/05/2001, L.R 19/2007)

2003 Certified Quality Management System (vocational training and orientation) in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 standard (Certiquality nr. 6532) and renewal in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 standard

2008 Laboratory accredited by the American Body C.P.S.C. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Id. Nr. 1070) for the following laboratory tests:
– “Lead Paint – Surface Coating Materials” (16CFR part 1303) tests and for “Lead content in children’s metal jewelry”
– “Lead content in children’s metal products” and for “Lead content in children’s not-metal products” (CPSIA – PL 110-314)
– textile garments flammability standards (16CFR part 1610)
– children’s sleepwear flammability standards (16CFR part 1615 and 16CFR part 1616)
– “Phthalates content in children’s products” tests (CPSIA – PL 110-314)
– Soluble Test for Metals  from Surface Coating Materials (ASTM F963-08)