31 Aug 2007
Fantastic Fibres(HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 01,2008)
|Spark Thread (HK) Ltd manufactures 30,000 tons of fibres a year, primarily viscose embroidery thread|
It may be only a year old, but Spark Thread (HK) Ltd is already following in the footsteps of its textile manufacturing parent, which has been operating 10 times as long.
"Our textile firm in Yibin city, Sichuan Province, boasts an annual output of 30,000 tons, which encompasses a myriad of products spanning viscose embroidery thread, folded yarn, dyed viscose filament yarn, twisted viscose filament and various functional yarns," enthuses manager Daniel Lee.
This prodigious production is utilised by mainland companies as well Spark Thread's customers in Europe, the US, Japan, Korea and the Middle East - in fact, viscose embroidery thread from the Yibin factory accounts for nearly 50% of the total exported by the Chinese mainland.
"Our management aspires to further expand our worldwide footprint, so Spark Thread was incorporated to reach out to more international buyers," Lee explains.
Spark Thread's core product - viscose embroidery thread - is excellent in terms of colour-fastness and strength, Lee claims. "It is widely used in various types of embroidery, lace, weaving and knitting."
Lee adds that Spark Thread guarantees its viscose embroidery thread will not shrink after washing, which also helps explain why the yarn is used by many famous brands for stitching embroidery logos.
Another product, dyed viscose filament yarn, provides Spark Thread's customers with an alternative to ready-dyed materials and comes in a kaleidoscope of colours.
"We apply the most advanced dyeing technology to improve the quality and colour-fastness of the yarn, which enables the end-product to feel as soft as natural silk and look as brilliant as pearl," Lee explains. "It is ideal for top-grade clothing, ornamental finishes, neckties and other apparel."
Spark Thread also offers its own Shinex brand of knitted yarns, which come in more than 100 varieties, can be used in various kinds of circular and flat knitters and are primarily used in the production of middle- and top-grade knitwear, pullovers, T-shirts, sportswear, underwear and socks.
"We have another Yafit brand for our rayon raffia, a kind of regenerated cellulose fibre made from cotton linters," Lee adds. "Its breathability, flexibility, anti-bacterial and anti-ultraviolet properties make it perfect for applications such as umbrellas, wallpaper, bags, caps and curtains."
Also on Spark Thread's product list is an array of functional yarns that includes pupa protein sinuate pearl yarn, anti-bacterial cotton yarn and mimic ramie yarn.
Lee adds that all raw materials used by Spark Thread are natural fibres, which are provided by Yibin Grace Group Co Ltd, the biggest manufacturer of viscose filament yarn in China.
"Our cooperation with Yibin Grace lowers the cost of raw materials and processing and the benefits are passed on to our customers, enabling them to be more competitive in the market," he insists.
Lee also attributes the success of these products to Spark Thread's commitment to innovation and meeting market needs.
"Product development and innovation is very important to us," he maintains. "Our experts on the mainland communicate closely with Shanghai's Donghua University, the Chengdu Institute of Textile Technology and the Chengdu University of Technology to keep abreast of the latest textile technology," says Lee.
One result of this collaboration is the pupa protein viscose filament yarn dyeing technology, which was developed by Spark Thread together with the Sichuan Institute of Textile Industry, and is a first for China.
"We have also been appointed by Asahi Chemical Industry Co Ltd of Japan as its mainland processing base for cupro filament yarn," Lee adds.
These developments are backed by state-of-the-art machinery in Spark Thread's 100,000-square-metre, 4,000-worker factory, which is ISO 9001- and ISO 14001- certified and meets Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
This equipment and commitment to quality product development and manufacturing has already brought Spark Thread new clients from Turkey, Europe and Africa.
"We are still beginning, but the progress to date has been very encouraging," Lee concludes. "We will continue to further expand the existing market, especially India, and target any area with a textile industry such as Sri Lanka and Vietnam."
TEXT BY WINNIE HUI
Spark Thread (HK) Ltd