Back in 1970 Mr. Naceur Belkhiria was working as a sales manager for a french Fabrics producer. During his stay in France he established contacts with several successful Dutch garment producers.
Being aware of the high production costs in Europe and at the same time of the manufacturing capabilities and opportunities available in Tunisia, he convinced five Dutch textile businessmen to invest with him in his hometown Jemmel, and to launch a garment making factory that will produce exclusively for them.
On January 1972, the company was founded. It was the very first Tunisian garment maker producing exclusively for export. The company’s name OLFA in Arabic is a synonym for Friendship and was chosen to refer to the ties between the Dutch and the Tunisian investors.
After many years of successful work and considering the promising market growth, our Dutch associates decided to invest more in Tunisia and to found their own independent manufacturing facilities. Mr. Belkhiria was offered to buy all their shares in OLFA in 1978.