Spanish textiles group Dogi International Fabrics has begun building its second fibres plant in Nanjing, China, to boost output to 13 million linear metres of fabric by 2008, the company announced on Friday.

Barcelona-based Dogi will invest €6m in the 7,000 square metre factory, which will come on-stream in September 2005. It will be built alongside Dogi's existing 5.5m metre facility. A Dogi spokesman would not provide the new plant's exact output.
"With this plant we will be able to raise elastic fibres output to meet our growth targets in China," the spokesman said, adding that the region's demand for Dogi's products is soaring.

By 2008, China will account for 28 per cent of the group's global production while Spain will represent 30 per cent, the spokesman added.

Dogi is also on track to double output in Thailand to 8.5m metres and increase it 66 per cent in the Philippines to 5m metres.

Dogi's Chinese unit plans to clock in €30m in sales this year.

By Ivan Castano.