The last installment in this five-part series details the province’s competitive advantages as a fabric hub.
A robust supply chain is securing Jiangsu province’s position as a major textile producer.
Manufacturers can conveniently source raw and spun fibers from providers within the area. A range of natural and synthetic materials are available, including cotton, wool, polyester and nylon.
The province is also home to several plants that specialize in yarn spinning, dyeing, printing and finishing. These processes are often subcontracted by small and midsize operations.
Additionally, Jiangsu boasts a thriving apparel sector, which helps keep the textile segment viable. Garment makers procure almost all of their requirements from local suppliers.
Wool and silk fabrics are among the area’s key products. In 2011, exports of carded and combed wool reached 17 million and 33 million meters, collectively accounting for at least 50 percent of China’s aggregate shipments. These were valued at roughly $99 million and $275 million, respectively, and contributed 48 and 60 percent to total sales in the categories.
Jiangsu follows Zhejiang province as one of the country’s top silk manufacturer. It sent overseas approximately 40 million meters worth $203 million last year.
Wuxi and Suzhou are the main production centers for wool and silk. The counties of Jiangyin, Changshu and Zhangjiagang, in particular, turn out a large amount of the first variant.
Cotton textiles are largely available as well, although the area only ranks fourth after Shandong, Hebei and Hubei provinces in terms of yield. Businesses offering such releases are located in Nanjing, Nantong, Changzhou, Yangzhou, Zhenjiang, Suzhou and Wuxi. Suppliers that create fabrics from synthetic and regenerated cellulose materials are mostly based in the last five cities.
Products from Jiangsu are quoted according to the fiber composition, yarn type, and textile density, weight and width. Moreover, supplementary treatments, including those for water, oil, static, radiation and wrinkle resistance, and order quantity influence prices.
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