About 4,000 suppliers and service providers boost these Zhongshan towns’ position as top sourcing areas for casual clothing.
Shaxi and Dachong thrive on an extensive support network and strong government backing to remain as major manufacturing hubs for garments in China. These towns in the city of Zhongshan of Guangdong province host more than 4,000 enterprises involved in apparel production, including dyeing, printing, washing, weaving, button and machinery specialists.
Located in the western part of Zhongshan, Shaxi is home to about 2,300 casual clothing manufacturers and boast at least 150 independent clothing brands. Eight of the country’s top 10 informal wear brands are, in fact, produced in the town. In 2011, the town sold 400 million pieces domestically and overseas, and has been acknowledged nationally as China’s Most Influential Textile Capital. It was also recognized as among the country’s Top 100 Industrial Base, and Textile and Garments 10 Outstanding Industry Clusters.
Each year, the China International Casual Wear Trade Show is held in Shaxi. The fair is considered among the largest sourcing events for informal apparel in the world.
Dachong, meanwhile, is situated in the southwest portion of Zhongshan. It was designated as Famous Town of Jeans Garments in China by the China National Textile and Apparel Council, China Yarn-dyed Weaving Association and China National Garment Association in 2004.
There are about 1,700 manufacturers and exporters in the area. These enterprises account for more the 40 percent of the country’s market share of jeans.
The town is bolstered by a strong auxiliary network, which includes companies that offer knitting, bleaching, dyeing and cotton yarn processing services.
Zhongshan is a prefecture-level city in the south of the Pearl River Delta region. It was renamed in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who went by the name Zungsaan and was from Cuiheng village of Nanlang Town.
Zhongshan is located along the west side of the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, directly opposite Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The area, Dongguan, Nanhai and Shunde are called the Four Little Tigers of Guangdong. The proximity of Zhongshan to Hong Kong and Macau is an advantage to its economic development, especially in the manufacturing industries.
The government of Zhongshan encourages research and design by setting up national-level research centers and specialized industrial regions. For example, the Zhongshan National Torch High-Tech Industrial Development Zone was established in 1990 by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the governments of Guangdong and Zhongshan.
Zhongshan Port, which ranks among the top 10 ports nationwide in terms of container-handling capacity, is in the zone. The primary industries are agriculture, with rice, lychee, banana and sugar cane the main crops. Added to this, horticulture in Zhongshan is famous throughout southern China for its blooming chrysanthemum.
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