20 March 2006
Treated Fabrics(HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 02,2006)
|This colourful range of high-performance treated fabrics that offers UV protection and moisture-free or water-resistant finishes comes from YCC Group Co Ltd|
As a long-standing hub of the garment-manufacturing industry, it is not surprising that Hong Kong is closely attuned to the latest developments in treated fabrics.
Take Fountain Set (Holdings) Ltd, which has been in business for more than 30 years and has a monthly output of 22.5 million pounds of dyed fabric and 5.6 million pounds of dyed yarn.
"We can apply a wide range of finishes catering to various requirements," says corporate communications and investor relations manager Charmaine Cheng.
She says the most recent treatments include Outlast. "Its trademark Adaptive Comfort technology responds to changes in environmental and body temperatures, which stabilises wearers' thermal needs and gives added comfort," Cheng claims.
She adds that Fountain Set also utilises nanotechnology in certain fabric ranges to provide water- and oil-repellent properties as well as UV protection. "It can be applied to cotton and cotton chief-value products without losing the original softness, durability and breathability," Cheng says.
Fountain Head, whose customers are mainly garment manufacturers that supply retailers and brands based in the US and Europe, has its own Fabric by Fountain Set trademark.
The 37-year-old company has offices in eight countries worldwide and manufactures at factories in Dongguan and Jiangyin on the Chinese mainland that are ISO 14001- and ISO 9001-certified and meet Oeko-Tex Standard 100 specifications.
"Minimum order depends on the complexity of the fabric, and we can supply prices on request," Cheng says. "Delivery will take 2-8 weeks."
YCC Group Co Ltd also supplies the garment industry and provides fabric for furnishings through its Chinese Dragon Textile (Int'l) Co Ltd subsidiary.
"We can provide water-, dust- and poison-proof coatings, UV protection, breathable fabrics, moisture-free, water-resistant and water-repellent finishes," explains managing director Stephen Sze, adding that the company also produces other textures and effects such as crinkle finish, embossing, Jacquard and poplin.
Chinese Dragon Textile produces around 350,000 metres of fabric per month - including polyester, nylon and cotton and various mixes such as cotton/polyester, nylon/polyester and nylon/cotton.
The eight-year-old company's 2,500-worker factory in the mainland's Fujian Province supplies customers in Europe, particularly Spain, Germany and Italy, and the US.
"We have a minimum order requirement of 2,000 metres per item and colour, and delivery is usually 7-14 days after L-Dips confirmation," he says, adding that FOB prices are available on request.
Water resistance is equally important to Textiles Pro, whose customers include umbrella and luggage manufacturers. "We provide a range of fabrics and apply special treatments as per customers' requirements, especially water-resistant and water-repellent finishes, UV, oil and dust protection," explains director Denny Chan.
He adds that the 13-year-old company also supplies fabric to toy makers, including those with Disney licences, so water resistance is important. " Our customers are worldwide, including the US, Europe, South America and Africa," Chan observes.
Their needs are met by an 11,800-square-metre factory in Zhejiang Province on the mainland that produces 300 million yards per month, mainly polyester and often incorporating Spandex, as well as cotton and linen.
Prices depend on the type of fabric, which is azo-free, but are normally in the range of US$1-2 per yard. "Some special fabrics can be higher, however," Chan notes. "We require a minimum order of 600-3,000 yards, depending on fabric type, and will normally deliver within 1-4 weeks."
Cutting a different thread is Nano-Fabric Co Ltd, which is a service provider rather than a fabric manufacturer. "We provide nano treatment for the textile and garment industries," explains managing director Charlie Chow.
The two-year-old company has several joint-operator factories that provide the treatment service to its clients, who are mainly fabric or garment suppliers to big international labels. "We have a total work force of 500-1,000 workers who treat more than 100,000 yards and 500,000 garments a month," Chow claims.
He explains that nanotechnology creates change at a molecular level to greatly enhance product performance. "It is not a coating process, so the product will remain breathable and the hand-feel is not adversely affected," Chow insists.
The main advantage, he claims, is durability - normal chemical treatments cannot stand too much washing while nano-treated fabrics can. "Superior liquid repellent, oil- and stain-resistance, UV protection, anti-microbial, mosquito repellent and flame retardant properties can be obtained, plus other finishes can be further explored," Chow maintains.
He says a general price indication is US$1 per yard, and US$0.80 per yard for regular customers with quantities over 50,000 yards per month. "Some fabrics will be more expensive to treat, however," he notes. "Treatment of finished garments costs US$1.50-2.00 per piece."
Obviously, given such a vast choice of fabrics, finishes and usage, Hong Kong fabric manufacturers can meet the needs of the most discerning buyer.
WRITTEN BY ANN WILLIAMS
Tiffany Int'l Trading Co
Gold Swan Commercial Bldg
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