Changshu Changsheng Warp Knitting
Established in 1992, privately owned Changshu
Changsheng makes and exports tricot fabric. Having
acquired direct export rights in 2004, sales that
year increased 50 percent to US$10 million.
Even with direct export capability, the company
courses 40 percent of outbound shipments through
trading companies. About 30 percent is directly
exported and the rest is sold to the domestic
The Middle East is the largest export
destination, but the company is targeting to
increase shipments to the US and the EU in coming
months. Currently these markets each account for 10
percent of exports.
Despite the uncertain trade environment in the
textile industry, the company is confident of at
least 30 percent export growth in the next 12
The majority of Changshu Changsheng's tricot fabric
is for car seat cushions, about one-third is used on
toys and home textiles, and the rest is for apparel.
Tricot fabric for car seat covers is priced below
US$1 per meter while those for home textiles and
toys are from US$1.50 to US$2 per meter.
Apparel fabric is usually priced at US$2 per
meter and above. Depending on the number of
properties, fabric with functional finishes costs 20
to 70 percent more.
About 80 percent of the company's fiber
requirements are purchased from Yizheng Chemical
fiber, one of China's main suppliers of the
material. Other materials, such as a special type of
nylon fiber used to make massage chair covers, are
imported from Japan or South Korea.
The company does not have a separate team for
fabric development. Instead, its R&D team focuses on
developing designs according to buyers'
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