Apparel and cosmetics producer Kanebo Ltd is to cut its natural fibre product operations by ending domestic production of spun cotton products, Kyodo News International has reported.

Instead, Kanebo announced it would put greater emphasis on high-value-added, high-grade apparel products.

The company said it would terminate all of its domestic operations associated with cotton textiles except pattern printing.

As a result, it will shut down a cotton textile factory in Hamamatsu and a research laboratory in Izumo.

It will also cut back on cotton textile production at Nagahama by 30 per cent as it relocates production to overseas locations including China.

Meanwhile, Kanebo said it would end all domestic and offshore production of silk thread, while wool textile operations - uniform manufacturing aside - would be reduced significantly.