Spanish sustainable textile technology firm Jeanologia is building its partnership with the Vinatex group with the aim of making Vietnam a global centre of excellence in the production of jeans.

Jeanologia is collaborating with Vinatex manufacturer PPJ, which is building a pilot plant equipped with the Spanish firm's technology, in addition to training and know-how in product development.

Enrique Silla President of Jeanologia said: "Having a centre of excellence is not enough; the target is to make Vinatex a world leader by delivering technology and training to all associates."

Vinatex, the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group, represents 9% of the textile and clothing industry in Vietnam and 18% of its total exports. PPJ currently uses Jeanologia technologies in the manufacture of garments for brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Lee, Replay, Esprit, and JCPenney. The company said it expects to increase its turnover by 50% in the next two years.

"Vietnam has become a strong player in the global textile market, and is emerging as a centre of the world jeans production industry," Silla said.

"Big brands such as Levi's, Zara, and Uniqlo are moving production to Vietnam. In this context we think it is very necessary for Vietnam to invest in technology, to achieve efficient, sustainable and automated productions."

Jeanologia will show its latest innovations in sustainable technologies for garment finishing at the Saigon Textile & Garment Industry Expo, taking place in Ho Chi Minh City from 10-13 April.

Specifically, the firm's Flexi HS technology will be shown: a laser machine that reproduces a distressed look on fabrics without harming the health of workers or the environment, while saving energy, water, chemicals and time in the production process.

Borja Trénor, Jeanologia area manager for the Asia Pacific region, said: "In Jeanologia we are convinced the new commitment of Vietnam for technology, efficiency and sustainable production will soon make Vietnam the leading producer and exporter of jeans in Asia."

Silla added: "Jeanologia, with its sustainable technologies, has become the primary technology partner of Vietnam as the laser and ozone technologies developed by Jeanologia allow the elimination of dangerous practices both for workers and toxic discharges into the environment, saving at the same time millions of litres of water."

Jeanologia has customers across five continents. Its products and solutions are currently being used in around 45 countries including México, Colombia, Brazil, the US, Germany, India, China, Russia, and Bangladesh. Brands using the firm's technology include Levi's, Gap, Uniqlo, Pepe and Abercrombie & Fitch.