Utenos trikotažas became the first company in Lithuania to officialy join the Detox campaign by Greenpeace. The company commits itself to eliminate any raw materials likely to have adverse effects on humans or the environment from all stages of the production cycle, from the start through packing, to wearing, washing, sorting and recycling of cloting, by 2020.
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Utenos trikotažas has upgraded its factory and retail brands. From now on, the products of the company will be branded with a shorter name UTENOS. The production line of the factory was complemented by an innovative digital printing machine.
A production brand ABOUT of the Utenos trikotažas is registered. Since 2012 on the company produces and develops two retail brands: UTENOS and ABOUT.
Utenos trikotažas is issued a production certificate OE100 (Organic Exchange 100).
Utenos trikotažas becomes the first Lithuanian company to be accredited with Social Accountability Standard SA8000.
Utenos trikotažas is rewarded the European Union Ecolabel Flower.
Utenos trikotažas became the first Lithuanian company to be awarded the National Prize for Quality twice.
Utenos trikotažas was accredited the Environmental Management Certification ISO 14001.
Utenos trikotažas was accredited the Environmental Management Certification ISO14000. The company changed its logo.
Utenos trikotažas was included into the Baltic List on the stock market, containing companies from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. In December, the company was accredited BS EN ISO 9001:1994 Certification after the evaluation by the British Standards Institution (BSI). This evaluation confirmed that the company has chosen a right quality management system, which became fundamental in further pursuit of the success.
Men's underwear collection Rokas was acknowledged as the best product of 1999.
Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania and the Quality Council awarded Utenos trikotažas with the National Prize for Quality, a prize pursued by many of large Lithuanian companies. The company was awarded the National Prize for Quality once again in 2003.
Utenos trikotažas became a part of SBA Concern.
Utenos trikotažas was privatized.
Once the independence of Lithuania was reinstated, Utenos trikotažas reclaimed its title, became an independent company and entered a new stage.
The factory was producing up to 19.4 mln. units of jersey products. 30% of the production was sold in Lithuania and the remaining 70% distributed in the Soviet Union. At that time the company had 3 thousand employees.
Factory had 3152 employees, it's production volume vas over 18 mln. units of jersey products. The company was activelly invested in the issues of sports, cultural life, job security and improvement of working conditions.
The company had it's name changed several times. Initially the name was switched to Utena Production Association for Jersey and Haberdashery. The same year it was replaced with Utena Marytė Melnikaitė Production Association for Jersey and Haberdashery. The former joined the companies of Utenos trikotažas and Zarasų galanterija.
Utenos trikotažas factory started operating. At that time it was amongst the factories of the highest capacity among the Baltic countries: it had 518 employees, and would produce up to 841 thousands of units of products per year.