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Esquel Group and Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology of China Jointly Founded
Eco-Textile Research Center

HONG KONG,PRNewswire/ -- Esquel Group, one of the world's leading producers of premium cotton shirts, recently collaborated with Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology (ZIST) of China to establish the ''ZIST Esquel Eco-Textile Research Center (ZERC).'' The collaboration is a first of such joint initiatives by academia and private enterprise in China to foster scientific research on eco-textile production, and sets a precedent for the promotion of research in textile and ecology.

The opening ceremony of ZERC took place at the campus of Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology in Hangzhou on April 20. Honorable guests included Ji Guobiao, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering (''CAE'') and former Deputy Minister of the original Textile Department of China; Lu Hua, Deputy Director of Scientific Research Unit of Zhejiang Education Department; Zhou Yimin, Director of Achievement & Technical Market Division, Department of Science and Technology of Zhejiang Provincial People's Government; Zhao Jun, President of Zhejiang Institute of Science & Technology; Vice President Liu Guanfeng and Vice Dean Xia Jinrong; Marjorie Yang, Esquel Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and John Cheh, Chairman of Esquel (China) Holdings Ltd. Zhao Jun and Marjorie Yang spoke on behalf of the ZIST and Esquel, and jointly presided over the contract signing, plague unveiling and exchange of souvenir ceremonies. Nearly 500 guests from China and overseas, and scholars, students and members of the media participated in this historic moment at the majestic and beautiful campus.

In her speech, Marjorie Yang, Chairman of Esquel Group, said, ''We are very happy to be able to achieve our mutually beneficial goal through an alliance of strength with the Institute of Science & Technology. At the same time, we can also introduce new philosophy and vitality into the research of ecological aspects of the textile industry in China.'' She stressed, ''Environment protection and technological innovation are important components of the e-culture of Esquel Group. We hope to communicate and cooperate with specialised scientific research units in areas of technology and product development, to maintain the Group's competitive advantage and, ultimately, to give back to society.''

The opening of the Research Center gives a significant meaning to the joint promotion of Eco-Textile research for both partners. Esquel will finance the operation of the Center in initiating Eco-Textile research projects. It will provide support, at the final stages of research, for converting the technologies into practical use and for commercialisation. The research work at the Center is divided into two parts: fundamental research and practical research. Its scope will encompass all aspects of R&D for Eco-Add-On technologies and Eco-Textile products throughout all stages of the manufacturing lifecycle, from raw cotton to finished garment. The establishment of the Center not only allows the two partners to complement each other with their strengths, integration of industry, academia and research, and accelerated implementation of new technologies, but will also inject vital energy into textile and apparel research in China.

Esquel Group was named as ''the world's biggest shirt maker'' by Forbes magazine and Chairman Marjorie Yang has been named one of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in the world by Fortune Magazine. The Group specialises in producing quality cotton shirts. Its production begins in Xinjiang province in northwestern China, where the Group grows its own Extra Long Staple (ELS) Cotton, and continues through spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, then to apparel manufacturing, accessories, packaging and retailing. Esquel's apparel and textile production is complemented by strong product development capabilities. The Group's design and merchandising teams work closely with its R&D center to develop unique finishings such as wrinkle-free and nanotechnology performance qualities that give Esquel the cutting edge in the apparel industry.

Esquel Group, with a workforce of 47,000 globally, manufactures 60 million pieces of garments annually for leading brands the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, Lands' End, Muji and major retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Nordstrom, Next and Jusco.

For more information, please contact: Esquel Group

Mr. Leo Jar, Corporate Communications Manager,
Tel: +852-2960-6840
Fax: +852-2960-2185
Source: Esquel Group










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