Safina, which was established in 1971, initially specialised in the production of carpets, mats and rugs. Over time, this was extended to the areas of synthetic fibre extrusion and the production of coconut fibre (coir) mats. In 1996, it began manufacturing and selling decorative artificial grass, extending its business in 2006 to the manufacture of artificial grass for sports fields and landscaping.
The company is based in Cortegaça, in Ovar Municipality and has a factory with an area of around 15,000 m2 and a specialised staff of 75.
Artificial grass is currently the company’s main business segment. In this area, Safina is already one of the most important players on the Iberian Peninsula and, in recent years, it has also begun exporting to other European markets and to the Maghreb.
Of note recently is the company’s ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification, as well as the implementation of an extensive modernisation plan for factory systems and technology (total investment of over €5m between 2008 and 2011).
Of note too in 2009 was Safina winning its first large tender for the provision of artificial grass for football pitches in Portugal, a total of 38 pitches in Braga District, to be supplied in 2009 and 2010. Grass was also supplied for several football pitches in Spain, and it was possible to extend the network of distributors there, both in terms of numbers and regional representation.