16 Sept 2005
Yarns & Threads(HKTDC Fashion - Fabrics & Accessories, Vol 01,2006)
Shui Lam (Int'l) Textiles Enterprises Ltd, for example, has 15 years' experience in the development of polyester sewing thread. Today, the firm specialises in 100% spun polyester and core spun polyester sewing thread yarn. The company produces 1,000 metric tonnes per month at its 148,000-square-metre, 3,600-worker, 100,000-spindle factory in Tianjin on the Chinese mainland.
"We manufacture grey yarn only," explains marketing spokesman Mike Lui, "in raw white and optical white colours, and we supply these to customers such as dyeing factories."
In terms of yarn counts, Shui Lam produces a wide range from 20-80Ne thicknesses, mainly for export orders of one TEU of assorted items delivered 30 days after receipt of L/C.
Lui claims that the firm's spun polyester is a superior quality sewing thread produced from super high-tenacity, low-elongation polyester fibre that has low shrinkage, good strength and uniform quality.
The company's core spun yarn has a tough polyester filament core, coated with polyester or cotton staple that offers strength and softness for perfect stitching, and is suitable for all applications.
"We use the best HL5 1.2d x 38mm bright, short staple polyester fibre, which we import directly from Thailand Teijin, one of the world's premier suppliers," Lui explains. The company also has European Oeko-Tex Standard 100 product class 1 certification for baby articles, he adds.
According to Lui, business is very stable, with exports to Southeast Asia, Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Mediterranean Europe.
"We remain focused on our core business and markets, but see stronger development in North America with the freedom from quotas and believe Turkey is also a growing and prosperous market," notes Lui.
Shui Lam's prices range from US$2.10-3.00 per kilo for spun polyester and US$6.00-10.80 per kilo for core spun polyester yarn, FOB Tianjin, but vary according to petroleum prices.
Spun polyester is also a specialty of Tension Thread Fty, which produces more than 100 metric tonnes a month of 100% spun polyester sewing thread manufactured from high tenacity, low shrinkage and elongation-stabilised fibre.
The 16-year-old company employs 400 workers at two mainland plants in Shenzhen that cover 20,000 square metres, including an ISO 9001-certified sewing thread factory and a dyeing house.
"Some 90% of our exports is spun polyester, while we also produce trimmings, and woven, draw and elastic cord and tape," explains sales and marketing manager Wing Luk.
She says the company offers more than 600 standard colours and can produce to customer specifications. "We also have a wide range of count sizes from 20x2 to 60x3, with the most popular being 40x2," Luk adds.
According to Luk, business is stable as Tension Thread has a solid base of long-term customers despite stiff competition from mainland companies.
"Our customers prize our quality and consistency in addition to our strong service, follow-up and reliability," Luk claims.
Prices vary according to the item and quantity for standard minimum order values of US$5,000 delivered 14-30 days after order confirmation. "Our biggest market is South America, which accounts for 60% of our business, with Canada taking another 20%," Luk explains. Other markets include Africa, Europe, Central America and developing markets in Asia and the Middle East.
Hung Fat Thread Fty Ltd also specialises in 100% spun polyester sewing thread, producing 400,000 cones per month at its 800-worker, 15,000-square-foot mainland factory in Panyu.
The thread yarn, imported from Thailand, is mainly for garment fabrics, explains export executive Henry Fok. "We offer a colour card of more than 1,000 colours for different sewing demands," he explains, "and we supply mostly the 40x2 variety. We also produce 20x2, 50x2, and 60x2 thread."
Hung Fat's major market is Europe, which accounts for about 50% of its business, while other important outlets include the Middle East and Asia. "We are Oeko-Tex certified for the European market," Fok adds.
FOB Hong Kong prices range from US$0.35-0.70 for one cone of 4,000-5,000 yards for minimum export orders of 10,000 cones delivered in about 14 days.
Meanwhile, Central Textiles (HK) Ltd produces 10,000 bales per month of slub yarn, core stretch yarn and core slub yarn at a 60,000-square-metre, 700-worker factory in Hong Kong and a 600-worker facility in Guangdong Province.
The 52-year, ISO 9001-certified industry veteran, which has its own Great Joy yarn brand, uses cotton from the US as well as rayon, polyester and performance materials for thermal effect.
"Some 70% of our product is used in the denim market," explains general manager Leo Yung. "The trend is currently for our better quality ring-spun yarn, which has a softer texture, although we also produce open-end yarn that is harsher."
Yung says the company's Hong Kong factory meets customer demands for high quality yarn, fast delivery and flexible production. "Most of our customers are mainland weaving factories," he adds.
FOB Hong Kong prices range from HK$2,200-10,000 per 400lb bale of cotton yarn for standard minimum orders of one TEU delivered 30 days after order confirmation.
Such speedy delivery, coupled to a continuing reputation for quality and reliability, guarantees yarn and thread buyers keep returning to Hong Kong for better business deals.
WRITTEN BY SANDRA JENNER
Kin Sun Thread & Accessories Int'l Ltd
Shui Lam (Int'l) Textiles Enterprises Ltd
Tai Cheong Thread Fty (HK) Co Ltd
Tension Thread Fty