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ALL SEWN UP (HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 01,2000)


Vol 1 2000




ALL SEWN UP
Thread & Yarn

THE POWER OF PRINT
Printed Fabrics

WEBBED FEAT
Tape & Webbing

ALL SEWN UP
Thread & Yarn

HONG Kong is intricately woven into the fabric of the textile industry, which has for years been one of its largest earners of foreign exchange. And thread and yarn are some of the most important components that hold together the SAR's clothing industry.

Although specialising in products that include polyester, nylon and viscose rayon thread and yarn, it is the latter that is proving a best seller for Wonderful Network Ltd. "Our viscose rayon sells very well because our technique is particularly stringent," says marketing director Andrew Ngai.

"While other thread and yarn require less skill to manufacture, viscose rayon requires a very high skill factor for its production. And because we meet this standard, our product is popular."

Other products include high tenacity polyester thread, 100% spun polyester sewing thread, textured polyester overlocking thread and an assortment of household thread.

Major markets for Wonderful Network are in Europe, but Ngai says the company is actively seeking strategic partners all over the world and is looking to co-operate with distributors rather than importers to reduce the costs to the end-users. "We are aggressively looking to develop cotton poly/poly and poly/poly products for the future," says Ngai.

Established in 1988, Wonderful Network has a 30,000-square-foot, 400-worker factory in Zhejiang, mainland China. Monthly production is 100 tonnes and delivery time is 45 days. Minimum order is to the value of US$5,000.

Hip Hing Thread Fty sales manager Calvin Ng says: "Spun polyester is our best seller because it is used all over the world and is therefore very popular and competitive. But we are also promoting poly/poly thread because it is high quality and only a few manufacturers in Hong Kong can provide this quality corespun poly/poly thread.

"We can produce poly/poly for HK$9 per cone, 5,000 yards, because we have improved our working methods."

Hip Hing's range includes 100% spun polyester 20/2 sewing thread, 100% cotton 40/3 sewing thread, corespun poly/poly 40/2 thread, high-tenacity 210D/2 nylon thread, and textured polyester 150D/1 thread under the brands Cats and Danfil.

Typical FOB Hong Kong prices are HK$15.50 per cone for raw white 100% cotton 40/3 sewing thread, and HK$95 per kilogram for peach-colour rayon viscose 120D/2 embroidery thread.

Founded in the 1970s, Hip Hing produces 100 tonnes of 100% spun polyester sewing thread and 20-30 tonnes of its other lines every month. Minimum order is 50 cones per colour, with delivery 1-2 weeks after confirmation of order. The firm has a 20,000-square-foot factory in Jiangmen, on the mainland, with 90 workers.

Soet Embroidery Thread Ltd has a monthly production of 50 tonnes of 100% rayon and 100% polyester embroidery thread. The Sword-brand rayon thread costs HK$15 per cone FOB Hong Kong, while the Soet-brand polyester thread is HK$10 per cone.

Minimum order is one cone of ready colour and 230 cones of special colours, for delivery usually within 3-7 days. Soet's 14,000-square-metre factory in Dongguan, on the mainland, employs 200 workers.

Soet's main markets are in the Far East, including Hong Kong and the mainland. Raw materials are 100% rayon yarn from the mainland and 100% polyester filament yarn from South Korea.

Shui Lam (Int'l) Textiles Enterprises Ltd concentrates on 100% spun polyester yarn in raw white and optical white, in yarn counts of Ne20 to Ne80. Marketing manager Edmond Tse says: "The industry is looking at improving standards and we aim to meet that with any future developments here. We are looking to upgrade our existing lines by supplying better-quality corespun products."

Shui Lam's yarn performance -- including yarn count, single and plied strength, elongation and evenness -- undergoes rigorous inspections to screen out imperfections. Samples of finished yarn are checked using the Swiss-made Uster-IB tester. The company also prides itself on its quality control and prompt 30-day delivery.

Its main markets are Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Turkey.

With a monthly production of 700 tonnes, Shui Lam has a 133,000-square-metre factory in Tianjin, on the mainland, employing 3,800 workers.

Dor Tak Thread Mfg Ltd produces about 200 tonnes of 100% polyester sewing thread each month from its 30,000-square-metre, 150-worker factory in Shenzhen, on the mainland. Its range includes king-size cones containing 15,000 metres of 40/2 thread; 5,000-metre cones of 40/2 thread; and 400-yard spools of 40/2 thread, all in a wide variety of colours. Delivery time is about 30 days.

Established in 1986, Dor Tak concentrates its marketing efforts on Europe, Africa, Central and South America and the Middle East. It sources fibres from Thailand and South Korea.

Written by Mike Nesbit


THE POWER OF PRINT
Printed Fabrics

HONG Kong is renowned for its fabric industry, which combines high quality, fast time-to-market and low costs, with the latest international trends. Printed fabrics are no exception, with manufacturers providing flexibility and variety in both design and colour.

Established in 1988, Goodwill Textile Co produces a range of printed woven and knitted fabrics in cotton, rayon, linen and polyester. A strong element in its latest range is the use of flowers in a variety of colours on plain backgrounds.

Model 13C (US$2.90 per metre FOB Hong Kong) comes in five colour combinations and uses a 55/45 blend of linen/cotton; model 13B (US$2.30 per metre) features pansies and spots and is a 60/40 blend of linen/cotton; and model 9A (US$1 per metre) features simple and elegant flowers on 100% viscose. Widths range from 42 to 58 inches.

"We have a knowledge of all fabrics and strong experience with fabric finishes, which is important as this can affect the quality of the fabric," says merchandiser Stephanie Lai.

Minimum order varies from 1,000 to 3,000 yards or metres, depending on the fabric. Monthly production is 300,000 yards of woven and 50,000 yards of knitted fabrics. Delivery to Goodwill's main markets of South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Australia and Dubai is normally 30-60 days after confirmation.

World Textile Printing Co Ltd was established in 1975 and credits its successful presence in the industry to always satisfying customers' needs. The company produces a range of printed denim, corduroy, linen blends, ramie, polyester and viscose fabrics that incorporates the latest in fabric printing technology.

"We supply the fabrics that are demanded by the market and clients. Their needs are important to us," says director Sit Hoi Kun. Included in this range is white discharge photo print denim LPA31006, featuring images of classic Hollywood stars; lighter-weight, colour discharge denim G21735, featuring a multitude of coloured flowers; and leopard-print nylon/Lycra D21835 on a white/gold background.

Prices depend on the type of fabric, printing, finishing and the source of raw materials. World Textile's blended fabrics are mostly in a 65/35 ratio, with a maximum width of 1.8m. Minimum order is 500 yards, for delivery in about 14 days. The company can produce one million yards per month, for export to markets mainly in Europe and the US.

Beihai Land's Printing & Dyeing Fty Ltd has been producing dyed and printed cotton and cotton blend fabrics since 1981 and believes that quality control is an important ingredient to success. "We have had our own factory since 1990, which enables us to ensure a high level of quality as we can oversee the processes from raw materials to finished fabric," says director Mimi Chan.

The range from Beihai Land's includes 100% cotton discharge printed corduroy with a 43/4-inch width, in a fine herringbone pattern, simple floral pattern and floral/strawberry combination. FOB Hong Kong prices depend on the fabric, though typical corduroy prices range from US$2.29 to US$2.40 per yard.

Beihai Land's exports to South Africa, Australia and the US, with delivery in 30-40 days after order confirmation and lab dip. Minimum order is 3,000 yards for dyed fabrics and 10,000 yards for printed. Monthly capacity at the company's 400-worker factory in Guangxi, mainland China, is 1.5 million yards.

Established in 1988, New K. Textile Co Ltd produces a full range of rayon, cotton, linen, and linen/rayon (normally in an 80/20 blend), with rayon the most popular. Print designs vary and include classic blue/white floral, stripe and duck designs.

Typical FOB Hong Kong prices range from US$2 to US$3.50 per yard, with a minimum order of 5,000 yards. Monthly capacity runs to 80,000 yards.

Delivery takes 25-30 days after confirmation, and the company's main markets are South Korea, South America and Europe. "Many of our customers have been with us since the beginning and this is rewarding," says spokesperson Anna Wong.

Established in 1996, Waylee Textiles Ltd has a wide range of fabrics, including a reactive printed range consisting of 100% cotton canvas and cotton twill that, due to their heavier weight, are ideal for children's clothing. Print designs include two-tone blue checks with cars and cookies, animals, flowers, fruit and houses, in typical widths of 43/4 inches.

"To a great extent our printed fabrics are designed for a younger market and we remain competitive through new designs, good quality and very competitive pricing," says marketing manager Catherine Tsui.

Minimum order is 3,000 yards, and delivery to the main markets of Europe, the US, Middle East and Southeast Asia takes about 30 days. Prices are available on direct enquiry and depends on quantity.

Monthly production at Waylee's 200-worker, 30,000-square-yard factory in Shenzhen, on the mainland, is one million yards.HONG Kong is renowned for its fabric industry, which combines high quality, fast time-to-market and low costs, with the latest international trends. Printed fabrics are no exception, with manufacturers providing flexibility and variety in both design and colour.

Established in 1988, Goodwill Textile Co produces a range of printed woven and knitted fabrics in cotton, rayon, linen and polyester. A strong element in its latest range is the use of flowers in a variety of colours on plain backgrounds.

Model 13C (US$2.90 per metre FOB Hong Kong) comes in five colour combinations and uses a 55/45 blend of linen/cotton; model 13B (US$2.30 per metre) features pansies and spots and is a 60/40 blend of linen/cotton; and model 9A (US$1 per metre) features simple and elegant flowers on 100% viscose. Widths range from 42 to 58 inches.

"We have a knowledge of all fabrics and strong experience with fabric finishes, which is important as this can affect the quality of the fabric," says merchandiser Stephanie Lai.

Minimum order varies from 1,000 to 3,000 yards or metres, depending on the fabric. Monthly production is 300,000 yards of woven and 50,000 yards of knitted fabrics. Delivery to Goodwill's main markets of South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Australia and Dubai is normally 30-60 days after confirmation.

World Textile Printing Co Ltd was established in 1975 and credits its successful presence in the industry to always satisfying customers' needs. The company produces a range of printed denim, corduroy, linen blends, ramie, polyester and viscose fabrics that incorporates the latest in fabric printing technology.

"We supply the fabrics that are demanded by the market and clients. Their needs are important to us," says director Sit Hoi Kun. Included in this range is white discharge photo print denim LPA31006, featuring images of classic Hollywood stars; lighter-weight, colour discharge denim G21735, featuring a multitude of coloured flowers; and leopard-print nylon/Lycra D21835 on a white/gold background.

Prices depend on the type of fabric, printing, finishing and the source of raw materials. World Textile's blended fabrics are mostly in a 65/35 ratio, with a maximum width of 1.8m. Minimum order is 500 yards, for delivery in about 14 days. The company can produce one million yards per month, for export to markets mainly in Europe and the US.

Beihai Land's Printing & Dyeing Fty Ltd has been producing dyed and printed cotton and cotton blend fabrics since 1981 and believes that quality control is an important ingredient to success. "We have had our own factory since 1990, which enables us to ensure a high level of quality as we can oversee the processes from raw materials to finished fabric," says director Mimi Chan.

The range from Beihai Land's includes 100% cotton discharge printed corduroy with a 43/4-inch width, in a fine herringbone pattern, simple floral pattern and floral/strawberry combination. FOB Hong Kong prices depend on the fabric, though typical corduroy prices range from US$2.29 to US$2.40 per yard.

Beihai Land's exports to South Africa, Australia and the US, with delivery in 30-40 days after order confirmation and lab dip. Minimum order is 3,000 yards for dyed fabrics and 10,000 yards for printed. Monthly capacity at the company's 400-worker factory in Guangxi, mainland China, is 1.5 million yards.

Established in 1988, New K. Textile Co Ltd produces a full range of rayon, cotton, linen, and linen/rayon (normally in an 80/20 blend), with rayon the most popular. Print designs vary and include classic blue/white floral, stripe and duck designs.

Typical FOB Hong Kong prices range from US$2 to US$3.50 per yard, with a minimum order of 5,000 yards. Monthly capacity runs to 80,000 yards.

Delivery takes 25-30 days after confirmation, and the company's main markets are South Korea, South America and Europe. "Many of our customers have been with us since the beginning and this is rewarding," says spokesperson Anna Wong.

Established in 1996, Waylee Textiles Ltd has a wide range of fabrics, including a reactive printed range consisting of 100% cotton canvas and cotton twill that, due to their heavier weight, are ideal for children's clothing. Print designs include two-tone blue checks with cars and cookies, animals, flowers, fruit and houses, in typical widths of 43/4 inches.

"To a great extent our printed fabrics are designed for a younger market and we remain competitive through new designs, good quality and very competitive pricing," says marketing manager Catherine Tsui.

Minimum order is 3,000 yards, and delivery to the main markets of Europe, the US, Middle East and Southeast Asia takes about 30 days. Prices are available on direct enquiry and depends on quantity.

Monthly production at Waylee's 200-worker, 30,000-square-yard factory in Shenzhen, on the mainland, is one million yards.

Written by Vicki Williams


WEBBED FEAT
Tape & Webbing

TAPE and webbing are essential components for garments and accessories. Hong Kong's nimble manufacturers excel at producing low-cost, high-quality products to customers' designs.

Landwell Corpn Ltd makes all kinds of elastic webbing and strings. It produces 200 tonnes of webbing monthly, for use principally in the garment industry. General manager Chu Shun-chuen says the webbing is produced in bulk, in either white or black.

Says Chu: "We have the lowest costs because we import the material directly from Taiwan and Malaysia. We get the lowest costs so our prices can be competitive in the market. Usually our product is made of polyester, imported from Taiwan, and rubber thread, imported from Malaysia."

Chu says Landwell also does some production in nylon, and is expanding production to coloured and patterned webbing. Polyester elastic webbing with a 3.5-inch width sells for US$16 per 144 yards.

Landwell requires a minimum order value of US$6,000 and delivers within two weeks.

Pacter Label Co manufactures tape and webbing for use in sports wear, T-shirts and casual wear. It produces tape for the Polish casual wear label Lapagayo, among others.

Sales manager Alan Fung says the company excels at service and usually wins repeat orders from first-time clients. "Customers appreciate our quick delivery time, our competitive prices. When we get an order, we provide a sample, and we will correct the sample if there are any problems. So there is not a lot of fuss in getting the product to our customers," says Fung.

Pacter manufactures according to customers' needs, and charges between HK$0.50 and HK$2 per yard FOB Hong Kong. It delivers within 2-3 weeks after confirmation of a minimum order of 3,000 yards.

Sing Kee Knitted Belt Product Ltd focuses on the manufacture of webbing material, principally for the mainland China market. Its products are used for everything from watch bands to sandal straps, and it produces for the US toy giant Mattel.

Manager Jack Tang says the company finds its competitive edge by sourcing materials -- mainly polyester and polypropylene yarn -- directly from South Korea and Taiwan. "We can cut down the costs of the raw material, and the labour in [mainland] China is cheaper than Taiwan or [South] Korea," Tang says.

He adds that Sing Kee works closely with clients. "They come to us with an idea of what they want, and we give them recommendations. For example, if they want a watch strap, we would recommend a single layer strap, which is soft and good for the skin.

"We have some advertising ... but we get most of our orders through good word-of-mouth reputation," says Tang.

Sing Kee charges anywhere from US$0.30 to US$4 per yard, depending on the order. Minimum order is 5,000 yards per style, with a two-week delivery time.

Supreme Label Industrial Ltd makes tape and webbing, along with woven labels and hang tags crafted from yarn, PU, paper and leather -- materials that are sourced mainly from the mainland. The company sells mostly to the garment industry within Hong Kong, but also to the US, Australia and Japan. It creates labels for the Mickey, Felix the Cat and Pink Panther product lines.

Says export manager Danny Wong: "We are always asked to manufacture for brand names. Our services and prices are very good -- we manufacture in [mainland] China so we can make our products very cheaply."

Wong says the company is known for working with customers' designs and producing according to their specifications. He says prices vary widely according to the order. Supreme requests a minimum order of 1,000 yards per style, with delivery in two weeks.

Futech Computer Label Fty specialises in woven polyester labels and has been making labels for Levi's jeans for about 10 years. It produces about seven million yards of tape every month, exporting mainly to Asia and North America.

"Woven labels are our area of expertise. We work with nylon and polyester yarn. We usually make the labels according to customers' designs -- they supply the artwork and we reproduce it," says company representative Candy Chan. "We have a graphic designer, we have a computerised graphics system. We are known for our ability to reproduce design work to detail."

Futech accepts a minimum order of 10,000 pieces per design, with a delivery lead time of 10-14 days. Typical prices range from HK$1.50 to HK$2.50 per yard FOB Hong Kong.

Written by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

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