Chi­nese, US tex­tile com­pa­nies share world­view

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By AMY HE in New York amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Chi­nese and Amer­i­can tex­tile in­dus­tries are col­lab­o­rat­ing more closely than ever as the US be­comes a “key player in the in­ter­na­tional strat­egy” of China’s tex­tile com­pa­nies, said Xu Yingxin, vice-pres­i­dent of the China Na­tional Tex­tile and Ap­parel Coun­cil.

“The United States is not just a key trad­ing part­ner with China in the tex­tile in­dus­try; it is also a key player in the in­ter­na­tional strat­egy of China’s tex­tile in­dus­try,” Xu said on Mon­day at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 18th an­nual China Tex­tile and Ap­parel Trade Show at the Ja­cob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in New York.

Chi­nese busi­nesses have made green­field in­vest­ments in the US, set up US branches and opened R&D fa­cil­i­ties and man­u­fac­tur­ing plants for chem­i­cal fiber, cot­ton tex­tiles and orig­i­nal de­sign.

“All these co­op­er­a­tion chan­nels have shown that there is a great po­ten­tial for prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and com­ple­men­tar­ity in China and the United States, and big prom­ises for win-win co­op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture,” he said.

This year’s tex­tile show — or­ga­nized by the China Na­tional Tex­tile and Ap­parel Coun­cil (CNTAC), the China Coun­cil for the Pro­mo­tion of In­ter­na­tional Trade, Spe­cial­ized Tex­tile and Ap­parel and Messe Frank­furt — fea­tures nearly 1,000 de­sign­ers from 14 coun­tries and will run through Wed­nes­day. About 650 Chi­nese com­pa­nies at­tended. Tex­tile com­pa­nies from Suzhou, at the cen­ter of tex­tile and ap­parel pro­duc­tion in China, have their own ex­hi­bi­tion area at the Jav­its Cen­ter.

“To­day, China is the US’ largest trad­ing part­ner—our bi­lat­eral trade, bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment, and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes have all reached his­toric highs, and in this con­nec­tion, I think the tex­tile in­dus­try has made big con­tri­bu­tions to this growth,” said Zhang Qiyue, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in New York.

“The tex­tile co­op­er­a­tion has not just brought tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to our two peo­ples, it has also contributed to global eco­nomic growth,” she said.

Nicholas Zhou, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Aiy­imei, said that the com­pany has par­tic­i­pated in the tex­tile show for sev­eral years, hav­ing se­cured many of its clients through the trade event.

The com­pany, based in Ningbo, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, de­signs and man­u­fac­tures out­er­wear, din­ner jack­ets and other for­mal wear for US and Europe-based clients, in­clud­ing Jones New York and An­drew Marc.

“We feel that more West­ern clients are tak­ing in­ter­est in our de­signs — the newer, trendier and unique de­signs,” he said.

Zhou said that the in­dus­try is a tough one to work in now, as it re­cov­ers from a world­wide slump the past few years.

“We work with smaller brands now, col­lab­o­rat­ing with them di­rectly, like with Jones New York and An­drew Marc. The clients may or­der less prod­uct, but the prices of the pieces are higher, and so we’re earn­ing more profit,” he said.

China Tex­tiles De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, based in Bei­jing, is a new par­tic­i­pant to the tex­tile show. It pro­duces for­mal and ath­letic wear for mostly Euro­pean clients, though it is ex­plor­ing the US mar­ket right now.

“We’re new­com­ers to the ex­hi­bi­tion, so we haven’t re­ceived a lot of feed­back yet,” said Ly­dia Zhang, vice-pres­i­dent of the cen­ter. “Through par­tic­i­pat­ing in this ex­hi­bi­tion, we want to bet­ter un­der­stand the US mar­ket and to ex­pand from there. In this in­dus­try, the big com­pa­nies have a pretty fixed cus­tomer base, so you can’t just come in and ex­pect to ex­pand im­me­di­ately.”

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Of­fi­cials and guests at a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony at the open­ing of the 18th an­nual China Tex­tile and Ap­parel Trade Show at the Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in New York. Among them are Zhang Qiyue (fifth from right), Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral of New York; Xu Yingxin (cen­ter), vice-pres­i­dent of the China Na­tional Tex­tile and Ap­parel Coun­cil; Detlef Braun (fourth from right), mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive Board of Messe Frank­furt; and Olaf Schmidt (third from right), vice-pres­i­dent of tex­tiles and tex­tile tech­nolo­gies at Messe Frank­furt.

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