Inside the DARI Furniture Factory

February 02, 2022
We sat down with our Furniture Production & Operations Manager at DARI, to explain the in-depth operations of the state-of-the-art furniture production factory located in the heart of Malta. We at DARI Furniture are setting new standards in both furniture design and manufacturing with a world-class showroom and a recently launched fully automated, panel furniture production facility, located in Qormi.

A Rich History​

The parent company, SAW, has a long history and over 30 years of experience in the large scale furniture contracting industry. In keeping with this tradition, a new brand, DARI, was launched in 2021 with the sole vision of bringing this same high level of craft and design
aesthetic to homes all over Malta, with its range of kitchens, bedroom furniture, living rooms, occasional furniture and other designer collections.

DARI responded to the locally growing demand for high-quality furniture that can be produced quickly and with appealing aesthetics. To achieve this, the company enlisted the expertise of top industry consultants to explore Industry 4.0 production setups for their factory in Malta

After extensive research, DARI settled on a world-leading German company with an impressive track record and tried and tested automation and quality control machinery lines that could be seamlessly paired with their design aesthetic. The result in terms of production output aligned with DARI’s vision of creating and manufacturing locally-made furniture using sustainable focussed and innovatively advanced manufacturing methodologies, in the most efficient manner possible.

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The Dari Furniture Collections

Whether you’re in the market for a kitchen, bedroom, or living room furniture your search begins with a visit to DARI’s expansive and well-appointed showroom in Qormi.

The wide range of furniture offered by DARI is the result of a collaborative effort between the company’s in-house design teams, DARI Collections, and renowned designers such as Valentino Architects for the dell kitchen, Tom Van Malderen for the driTT collection of tables and shelving, and A Collective for the Salini bedroom collection.

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The First Step to Achieving Your Dream Interior

When you enter the DARI showroom you’ll be impressed with the top of the range, quality furniture displayed and the gadget options such as pull-out systems, sensor lighting, and rotating TV brackets to name but a few, available for your furniture. At inception, the sales team will understand your needs and based on this the team will talk you through the vast range of personalisable options available, via the advanced 3D modelling software platform. Browse the range of collections available to suit your design aesthetic and budget, personalisable to demonstrate your individual taste, size and room layout preference.

Once you have made your final selection and the order is placed, your personal project manager will take over the logistics of your order. An on-site survey visit is organised to confirm measurements, and final tweaks made on the platform which then automatically syncs with the in-house production team as well as the factory production line.

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The manufacturing process starts with the automatic syncing of the final design and measurements selected and agreed upon with you, with the software that automates the running of the production line. Each item has a unique identifying code that is assigned to every piece of every item in an order. This ensures that parts are correctly manufactured, organised, stored, and finally assembled into the complete kitchen, wardrobe, or living units, without any errors. This unique identifying number also assists with the replacement of panels if required at a later date.

Each piece manufactured follows 3 automatic manufacturing processes on the production line;

Step 1: Cutting
Step 2: Edging
Step 3: Drilling

After steps 1 and 2 each panel finds itself in an automatic panel storage system, 9 meters in height and handling over 800 pieces, each stored according to its unique code. Once ready for assembly, the pieces are transported for process, step 3, drilling, and then finally collated on storage crates and transferred to the assembly team. Almost all items are delivered to our customers fully assembled. The automated production line for steps 1 to 3 only requires 3 operators, with little manual intervention in the production process. Output and quality are fully optimised with little to no downtime.

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Commitment to Sustainable Production

Whilst efficiency and productivity are core to DARI, as is sustainability. Materials are sourced from certified providers in Europe who adhere to the strictest sourcing of materials policies and with the highest quality output. In addition, the production line operates on a zero-waste principle. The software optimises production to operate on a minimum wastage principle in keeping with DARI’s principle of reduce, re-use, and recycle.

Each item is manufactured to use the least amount of panels. Off-cuts are labelled as stock items and stored to be used for the production of other parts. Whilst smaller off-cuts are crushed and sent to other industries for repurposing, there is no material waste produced.

The Delivery Process

DARI offers a streamlined process that takes only 6 to 8 weeks, from the time you confirm your order and final drawings, to the installation of your personalised kitchen, living units, or walk-in wardrobe. This timeframe is much shorter than what other providers offer and provides the added benefit of local production. Moreover, if any part is accidentally damaged during installation, DARI can manufacture and replace it on the same day, showcasing the company’s dedication to delivering both style and function efficiently. 

Alternatively, if you wish to lock in current pricing upon quotation and avoid future price increases, you can also consider ordering your furniture up to a year in advance. This option is especially useful for those who are still far from completing their home project.


Interesting in learning more about the DARI furniture collections? Get in touch to book an appointment or visit our showroom in Qormi to begin planning your next chapter for your home.

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