COTTON USA Quality Conference in China Promotes U.S. Cotton Fiber and Yarns
Cotton Council International (CCI) launched its first COTTON USA Quality Conference in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 10 to promote U.S. cotton fiber and cotton yarns as key ingredients in manufacturing high quality textile products. The event brought together some 80 leaders from the U.S. and Chinese cotton textile industries to discuss the importance of consistent, high quality supplies of raw fiber for mills. China is the world’s largest textile producer, consuming 35 million bales of cotton in 2015. China yarn imports reached an equivalent of 9 million bales of raw cotton in 2015.
“The COTTON USA Quality Conference gave us a unique platform to emphasize U.S. cotton’s quality, responsibility and innovation, as well as exchange dialogue with some of China’s largest mills and manufacturers,” CCI President Keith Lucas said. “It was highly productive to engage with some of our largest customers, learn their needs and exchange information on what the U.S. industry can do to help them meet challenges in manufacturing to maintain high quality standards. We are looking forward to working together in the future for the benefit of all customers of U.S. cotton.”
Keynote speakers include: Sun Huaibin, Vice President, CNTAC; Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated; Mike Tate, Chairman, American Cotton Producers; Roger Insley, President, Custom Technical Solutions; Roger Gilmartin, Tri Blend Textiles; and Vaughn Jordan, Deputy Director, CCI. A panel discussion followed, featuring the following participants: Zhou Yejun, General Manager, Wuxi No. 1; Chen Xiachi, General Manager, Texhong Textile Group; Yang Bin, Director and Vice President, Foshan Seazon; and Shu Zonghua, Director and Vice President, Jiangmen Daxing.
Due to changing marketing conditions, the global textile supply chain is evolving across regions. With the need to embrace responsible production practices as a global norm and recognizing consumer markets are gradually producing a larger middle class, CCI works with partners to forge and strengthen business opportunities. Setting the gold standard for global best practices in cotton production, the U.S. is well-placed to continue to offer its valued customers steady supplies of U.S. cotton fiber. In 2015, the value of U.S. raw fiber exports to China was $852.9 million, while yarn exports totaled $115 million.