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Quality Affects Fiber Decisions

By Cai Hui Peng
Suining, China
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Global textile mills have always known that they operate in an environment where other sectors within the supply chain contribute significantly to the quality of the final product delivered to the customer. No matter how much a mill implements a cutting-edge approach to manufacturing, it still is dependent on the farmer, ginner, warehouseman and merchant in the final analysis.

That is why the strategy at the JinHua mill in China has tried to foster an even closer relationship among these different entities within the supply chain. A cooperative relationship and common objective can go a long way toward all parties reaching their goals.

As a branch company of the China Resources Textile Group in Hong Kong, the JinHua mill concentrates primarily on the manufacturing of greige cotton yarns and greige cotton fabric. The annual output is 21,000 tons of yarn and threads, including 10,000 tons of superior combed yarns and 40 million meters of cotton fabric. JinHua is the largest textile enterprise in the southern and western parts of China and is one of the 50 largest in the entire country.

The JinHua mill is particularly proud of the international recognition it has received in recent years for quality and environmental testing in its manufacturing.

It is essential that the company maintains these high standards – especially in light of the fact that JinHua purchases cotton from the domestic sector, as well as 20,000 tons annually from overseas sources. Company officials closely examine micronaire, trash and fiber length from each lot.

Quality Improves Profits

Not surprisingly, the company’s profits have increased 50 percent this year, and the mill’s output has gone up an additional 25 percent because of this emphasis on quality control.

Like many mills in China, JinHua has had  positive experiences with Certified FiberMax Cotton because of its uniformity and excellent performance. This cotton, along with other growths purchased, must meet high standards in the important categories of evenness and strength.

Naturally, price is always a contributing factor in cotton purchasing decisions, but fiber fineness and maturity are extremely important in the decision process.

Perhaps one of the reasons for the company’s success is because it actively seeks out feedback from customers on these important quality questions. Company officials welcome this kind of interaction with a broad range of clients.

As long as this business model remains in place, the company can chart a course for continued success in the future.

Company Objectives
Quick Look At JinHua Co., Ltd:
• Annual output – 21,000 tons of yarn.
• One of largest mills in China.
• High fiber quality standards.
• 50 percent increase in profits in 2010
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