Impetus Group- FastReactPlan

Impetus Group, Portugal leverages new digitized planning process, vertical integration and technical expertise for fast, efficient switch to PPE

Impetus Group are one of Europe’s most completely vertically integrated textile business, well invested in the latest, sustainable manufacturing technology and the digitization of key business processes to support increased agility, cost-efficiency, innovation and customer service. Following the successful implementation of FastReactPlan from Coats Digital to optimise production planning and control in 2019, Impetus entered 2020 with strong foundations for further accelerated global growth across a range of products including underwear, loungewear, technical workwear and sports apparel. And then came Covid-19 …

As the world and our industry grappled with the new reality of Covid-19, Impetus Group reacted quickly and decisively, switching part of their production to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to mitigate the impact of the worldwide pandemic on their own business and make a contribution towards the national and international shortage of PPE. The project had several phases. Initially, Impetus started by finding a partner who already produced PPE equipment in Portugal and provided additional and much needed sewing capacity. At the same time, Impetus began to search the market for suppliers of PPE compliant raw materials, while engaging their own in-house R&D team in the development of their own materials, to allow in-house production of PPE products.


“As well as ensuring that we produce technically compliant PPE products, (including masks, gowns and pants), which support communities, local hospitals and other institutions, our technical and R&D teams have also been engaged in driving innovation. The objective, with technical compliance a given, has been to improve the comfort and versatility of PPE products using seamless technology, as well as researching new materials with functional finishes that allow us to make certain PPE washable and reusable, changing the disposable paradigm and improving sustainability.”

Ricardo Figueiredo, Director Impetus Group

The implementation of FastReactPlan at Impetus Group has supported significant improvements in operational performance, including a 5% increase in productivity and a 2.5 day reduction inventory. Crucially, the digitization of production planning and control has resulted in increased business agility, allowing Impetus to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, and ready to respond to future challenges and opportunities.


This was a quick process to change our core business, which may allow us to enter a new business areas in the future. All these quick changes to the production planning and analysis of our capacities were facilitated by the use of FastReactPlan due to its versatility and veracity of information. The fact that we have a tool that allows us to quickly and realistically analyze the critical points, the load and planning of the various sections of the company, whether it be knitting or sewing, helps us to make the better decisions, even in these uncertain times. During this period, we performed several simulations that allowed us to respond quickly and efficiently to requests from current customers for pre-existing orders, as well as new customers with demand for different products such as masks.”

Ricardo Figueiredo, Director Impetus Group

Developed specifically for the fashion, textile and apparel industry, FastReactPlan reflects industry best practice and can be configured to meet the specific requirements of each company. The Impetus Group project included the detailed planning of the knitting and sewing using the highly visual tools of the FastReactPlan planning board, as well as the scheduling of dyeing, cutting and packing processes. Material requirements (MRP) and pre-production product development activities for critical on time start and a smooth production flow, are dynamically driven by the latest plan on a LEAN pull basis, ensuring clear visibility and alignment of priorities across departments and with suppliers.

“As the Impetus Group weather the storm of Covid-19, playing their part in supporting communities, hospitals and other institutions through the production of PPE, their far-sighted investment in the latest, sustainable, manufacturing technology and digitization of key business processes places them in a strong place to win the recovery in local, European and Global markets. We look forward in working with the Impetus Team, to build on the strong relationship which we have established through the implementation of FastReactPlan and support their digitization journey with other solutions from the Coats Digital ecosystem.”

Wesley Ekman, Senior Director, Global Sales, Coats Digital


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Impetus Group products including underwear, loungewear, technical workwear, sports apparel and selected PPE visit: or email:


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Amy Diggle, Marketing Manager, Coats Digital

Notes to Editors

Coats Digital

Coats Digital empowers the fashion supply chain through a digital ecosystem of connected, intelligent applications embedded with deep industry expertise. These connected intelligent applications optimise end to end processes, connect people and accelerate design, development, costing, sourcing and manufacturing.

  • Brand Suite by Coats Digital helps brands and retailers efficiently control, streamline and accelerate the entire new product development, sourcing, costing, vendor capacity planning, and order execution lifecycle.
  • Manufacturer Suite by Coats Digital is proven to transform the manufacturing value chain, from design, development, through costing, to planning, control and order execution.


Part of Coats Digital’s Manufacturer Suite, FastReactPlan is a dynamic, highly visual production planning and control tool to optimise delivery, efficiency, and lead time FastreactPlan brings together capacity, critical path and materials into a single, integrated, dynamic planning system. The highly visual and flexible drag and drop approach to planning allows effective master planning across multiple factories, as well as the detailed and accurate scheduling of manufacturing lines/machines. Critical pre-production activities (e.g. samples and approvals) and material requirements are dynamically-driven in a LEAN pull system based on the latestplan, which supports the reduction of inventory and lead time.

FastReactPlan is typically interfaced with other business systems (e.g. ERP, PLM, inventory & shop floor). Sharing key data reduces data entry workload, improves accuracy and speeds up the planning process and response times. Developed specifically for fashion manufacturers of all sizes, FastReactPlan is quick to implement and configured to reflect industry best-practices and specific business requirements. It is proven to deliver significant and measurable improvements in speed, flexibility and efficiency.

Impetus Group

In 1973, Emília and Alberto Figueiredo started up a small textile business. Now, just a few decades later, the IMPETUS Group has become one of the world’s leading textile companies. Six people, four machines and a family dream formed the launch pad for an industrial and commercial presence that is truly global in reach. Driven by almost half a century of experience and a commitment to customers and the community alike, the IMPETUS management team is still solidly family-based, thanks to the continuity provided by a new generation that believes in the same values.

IMPETUS boasts one of Europe’s most complete vertically integrated structures, underpinned by a number of departments, including R&D and Logistics. This structure has been fine-tuned to ensure we deliver the highest quality of service to our customers. Although IMPETUS started out by making underwear and loungewear, the experience and know-how we have acquired along the years, together with our significant investment in new technologies, has allowed us to expand into a broad range of technical products, such as workwear and sportswear, in both cut & sew and seamless.

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