The importance of IATF 16949 compliance

The importance of IATF 16949 compliance

IATF 16949 is a quality management standard specifically designed for the automotive industry. It is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system but incorporates additional automotive-specific requirements. For us at Narrowtex, as seatbelt webbing manufacturers, achieving and maintaining IATF 16949 compliance is highly important for several reasons:

  • IATF 16949 sets a framework for implementing and maintaining a robust quality management system (QMS). It helps us establish effective processes, identify and mitigate risks, and ensure consistency in product quality and performance. This helps avoid defects, increase customer satisfaction, and enhance overall operational efficiency.
  • Since any compromise in seatbelt webbing quality or performance can have severe consequences. IATF 16949 emphasizes risk management and our compliance guarantees clients of our processes to identify potential product safety issues and take appropriate preventive and corrective actions. 
  • IATF 16949 promotes our culture of continuous improvement within the organization, encouraging us to monitor and measure key performance indicators, analyze data, and implement actions for enhancing their processes and products. By continually striving for improvement, we can optimize our operations, reduce waste, and deliver better-quality seatbelts.
  • IATF 16949 emphasizes the importance of effective communication and collaboration, and we work closely with our clients to ensure the quality and conformity of our webbing and the materials used in our seatbelt webbing. By adhering to the standard, we establish strong partnerships, enhance supply chain efficiency, and mitigate risks associated with non-conforming parts.

Overall, IATF 16949 compliance helps us meet our customer requirements, ensure product safety, maintain high-quality standards, and drive continuous improvement. It has also helped us in establishing a solid foundation for our operations and our credibility within the automotive industry.


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Narrowing the gap

Narrowing the gap: manufacturer sees scope for UK growth

Q&A with Packaging Scotland


In a recent interview with Packaging Scotland, Narrowtex General Manager, Chris Fell, discussed some of our future plans and prospects.  Read the full article below:

South African-headquartered Narrowtex is looking to grow its presence in the UK market through the company’s selection of narrow fabrics. Chris Fell, general manager, Narrowtex, recently told Packaging Scotland about standing out in a competitive market, the potential for growth, and new product innovations.

Q) What’s the history of the business and how has it grown over the years? 

A) Narrowtex was established in 1969. We manufacture a large range of quality narrow fabrics including industrial webbing, seatbelt webbing, curtain header tape, and our core range of lashing and strapping.

With over 50 years of experience, technical expertise and premium quality standards, we have developed into a reputable and trusted business partner offering manufacturing excellence to local and international markets. We are a member of the NTX Group, a subsidiary of SA Bias Industries Pty Ltd. Over the years Narrowtex has achieved continued growth, especially in the international market where we are supplying to five different continents. We expect this growth trend to continue into the future.

Q) What can you tell us about your lashing and strapping range, and how do these products stand out in a competitive market?

A) Our quality lashing and strapping range includes woven polyester lashing and strapping, composite/cord strapping, and bonded/hot melt strapping. We have over 25 years of experience exporting our range and are well established in the international market. Our superior quality control measures and supporting accreditations especially stand out in the market. Our accreditations for the range include ISO9001, AAR (Association of American Railways) and DNV.GL certifications.  Our seatbelt webbing range is IATF16949-certified and is testament to the standard of our quality control in our in-house laboratory.

Certificates of Conformance from our in-house laboratory can be provided with each batch of product supplied. We have also established an Environmental Management System that is in conformance with the ISO 14001:2015 International Environmental Management System.

Our high quality, ability to provide innovative solutions and our custom printing and dyeing facilities makes us an attractive option for importers internationally including the UK.

Q) How much potential do you see for increasing your presence in the UK market? What are your plans for growing the business in the UK?

A) We currently see a lot of potential to grow our offering into the UK with our large range of high quality narrow fabrics. Our plans include follow up face-to-face visits with prospective customers looking to import our products into the UK.

We will continue to market our range through the various mediums available along with participation in upcoming trade exhibitions in the UK. South Africa and the UK have a long-established trading history with good trade relations and trade agreements in place.  Narrowtex’ s close proximity to a major seaport (Durban) gives good access to the shipping routes from South Africa to all of the main UK ports. The combination of these factors makes Narrowtex an excellent high quality and cost-effective supply option for UK importers.

Q) What have been some of the most memorable projects you’ve been involved in?

A) We enjoy working in tandem with prospective customers to develop innovative solutions to their challenges. Our most memorable and satisfying projects involve providing customised solutions to customer requirements. Working closely with customers to understand their requirements, developing solutions to meet these requirements and then supplying product accordingly, provides great satisfaction to the Narrowtex team.

Q) Anything you can tell us about future product innovations? Are environmental considerations becoming more prominent?

A) We are constantly developing new product and more efficient and innovative manufacturing processes in our factory. As the market changes and our customers’ needs change, we work closely with our customer base to re-engineer current product ranges and develop new ranges to meet customer requirements.

Environmental and social responsibilities are key in our development as a company and group at large. We participate in a number of community development projects including a creche to care for children in need. We work closely with the education department to assist newly qualified individuals to gain valuable work experience with our learnership programmes and provide bursaries for students in need.

Our environmental management system is in conformance to the ISO14001:2015 system, but this is certainly not where our efforts stop. In March this year, we completed the first phase of our solar energy project, aimed at increasing our level of self-sufficiency in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.

We now produce more than 33% of our energy requirements and the intention is that we will expand on this into the future. Rainwater tanks have been installed to reduce our water consumption and recycling of waste is of extreme importance to us. A number of other projects aimed at reducing our carbon footprint are also currently under consideration.

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The safer & lighter steel strapping alternative

Woven polyester strapping features & industry uses

The safer & lighter steel strap alternative

Narrowtex Woven Polyester Strapping is safer, lighter and as strong as steel strapping. Our range is available in a wide variety of tensile strengths and widths to suit any requirements.

These strapping/cord/banding systems can be used in every type of load securing and is ideal for securing heavy or uneven loads. Whether inside or on top of rail cars, containers, shipping vessels, trucks, lorries, flat racks, open-top containers, or freight carriers, our woven polyester strapping is the safe and secure cargo ratchet tie-down option. Large industry use of our woven strapping includes the secure bundling of Timber / Lumber; this is also referred to as timber strapping.

Woven polyester strapping features

Large industry use of our woven strapping includes the secure bundling of Timber / Lumber; this is also referred to as timber/lumber strapping.

In addition to the timber/lumber industry, our woven polyester strapping is used for the securing of:

  • Machinery – engines, equipment
  • Steel and metal – pipes, sheeting
  • Engineering – lifting, machinery
  • Automotive – cars, parts in transit
  • Chemical and petrochemicals – drums, containers
  • Construction – brickyards, scaffold, precast, concrete product
  • Shipping – shipping crates, cargo inside containers, bundled loads
  • Vessels – irregular-shaped cargo, containerization
  • Transport and logistics – flat racks, rail cars, trucking
  • Food and beverage – securing and palletizing
  • Pulp and paper – bulk transportation
  • Plastics- piping, sheeting,
  • Export Packing – strapping cargo securement for export
  • Ports and terminals – lifting, packing and loading
  • Armed and defence forces – securement during transportations

At our production facility in Estcourt, South Africa, our up-to-date laboratory is used for continuous testing. By testing our strapping during different stages of production, we ensure consistent delivery of our superior products.

We also use accredited Labs for calibration i.e., tensile machines and have the calibration certificates issued by the accredited Lab.  When requested, we provide the following reports to our clients:

Tensile Test Report
COA – Certificate of Analysis
COC – Certificate of Conformance

These certificates list the customer specifications and the actual test results.


Contact our local and export lashing and strapping specialists for further technical information as well as demonstrations or solutions to your specialised packing needs.

We are an established exporter! Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or to discuss your requirements.

Narrowtex lashing and strapping features


Narrowtex manufactures quality lashing and strapping for South African and export markets. Our range includes woven polyester lashing and strapping, composite strapping and bonded strapping. We hold the following accreditations: ISO9001, ISO14001, AAR, DNV.GL and IATF16949


Container Lashing from Narrowtex is manufactured to ensure a safe and secure cargo lashing system. Our range of cargo lashing is marketed under the brand NARROLASH™ and the comprehensive range of products can accommodate various cargo securing systems. Our core range is the Association of American Railroads (AAR) certified.


The Narrowtex range of polyester woven strapping is marketed under the brand NARROSTRAP™ and is the ideal solution for various applications as the woven polyester strapping does not split, is flexible and can be used universally. Combined with buckles, tools and tensioners, Narrostrap provides a reliable assembly solution. The strapping can be tensioned using manual or pneumatic tension tools


Narrowtex Composite Strapping is manufactured from high-tenacity polyester yarns and encased in a high-quality polymer coating. Composite Strapping, also referred to as cord strap or synthetic steel, is an effective alternative to steel strapping, metal banding, and plastic strapping. Composite Strapping does not rust and therefore will not damage precious cargo during transit and storage. It is designed to absorb impacts and load shifting during transit and unlike steel strapping will not snap or break.


Bonded strapping, otherwise referred to as hot melt strapping, has many advantages over conventional manually applied products such as steel straps, metal banding, rope, plastic straps and stretch film. Compared to these products bonded strapping is applied in a faster, safer and more cost-effective way. The bonded strapping can be joined by a simple knot or used in combination with buckles, tools and tensioners, providing the most dependable joining systems. It can be tensioned using manual or pneumatic tension tools.

Lashing Cargo Solutions


Narrowtex provides various lashing cargo securing solutions to secure light to heavy-duty cargo loads. We manufacture a range of strapping and lashing solutions to secure loads of various weights and shapes. Our cargo lashing solutions are exported to various countries around the world.

Our strapping range includes our patented Narrostrap which is our polyester woven strapping and bonded strapping. From various widths, break strengths Narrostrap is used to secure light to medium to heavy cargo.

Narrowtex has gained a reputation of being the “lashing solutions specialist” for its range of polyester woven lashing, also known as Narrolash, for medium to heavy-duty cargo securing solutions.

One of the reasons for the popularity of the lashing cargo securing solutions from Narrowtex, is the printed and colourised strapping and lashing. Narrolash and Narrostrap can be dyed to any colour or printed on, to show corporate identity and break strength. This differentiates our product substantially as it offers company branding at no cost.

To discuss your requirements for lashing cargo solutions in detail, please call us on (+27) 36 352 3108. We will be more than happy to help and we look forward to assisting you further.


Industrial Webbing Manufacturers


Narrowtex is one of the top webbing manufacturers based in South Africa, exporting to various countries worldwide. Over the years the company has built a steadfast reputation for high quality, superb service and quick turnaround times for production.

The webbings are manufactured to product specifications and every batch is tested to ensure that the webbing complies. The in-house laboratory is fully equipped to test the breaking strength, colour compatibility, colour fastness, product analysis, etc.

Industrial webbings are used in the manufacture of pet collars, luggage, handbags, footwear, etc. Some of the most popular industrial webbings we produce and sell include the following:

  • Pebble Weave Webbing
  • Designer Webbing
  • Jacquard Webbing
  • Bulk Bag Webbing

The full range includes different colours, widths and patterns of our standard range of webbing products. We are also a leading custom webbing manufacturer and can design and make any webbing to individual customer requirements.

To discuss your requirements for webbing in more detail please call us on (+27) 36 352 3108. If you prefer, you can email us at We will be more than happy to help and we look forward to hearing from you.

Woven Polyester Strapping – Narrostrap


Narrowtex has been manufacturing strapping products for a number of years. Narrostrap is the patented name given to our premium brand of woven polyester strapping which has proven to be a continued success as not only is it safe to use, but it is also economical, shock-absorbent, and corrosion-free.

NARROSTRAP™ is manufactured from high-tenacity polyester yarn, providing superior strength benefits whilst still soft on the hands and safe to use. Woven polyester strapping is the superior and safe alternative to all other types of banding including steel, composite, extruded, chains and wire ropes.

Narrostrap, one of the key strapping lines, is used in diverse industries from cargo containment in logistics and shipping, forestry, industrial, engineering, mining, glass, automotive, agriculture, steel, etc.

Woven polyester strapping can be printed in various colours to show corporate identity and promote brand awareness …company name, logo, break strength. NARROSTRAP™ can be pigmented to any colour to show corporate identity, break strength application and to differentiate types of end-use

NARROSTRAP™ is manufactured in accordance with the following quality management systems :

  • ISO 9001:2008
  • ISO14001:2004

Narrowtex has an in-house laboratory where continuous product testing, during the manufacturing process, allows for consistent quality and specification adherence.

For more information about our woven polyester strapping please call us on (+27) 036 352 3108. Our sales team will be more than happy to help and we look forward to hearing from you.